Policy Related to Students with Disabilities
The University of Missouri System is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations
to our students with equally effective access to educational opportunities,
programs and activities as detailed in the University of Missouri Collected
Rules and Regulations, Section
The University will, therefore, take necessary action to ensure that no otherwise
qualified student with a disability is denied access to any particular course
or educational program. Such action includes an assessment of the student's
abilities and an evaluation of the particular course or program.
It is the student's responsibility to self-identify, to provide current
and adequate documentation of his/her disability, and to request classroom
accommodation, through the Disability Access Services (DAS) office.
A request for services will initiate an assessment of needs, including a documentation
review and accommodations planning; involving consultation with faculty and/or
other campus entities that may be affected by providing accommodations, and
will be done on an individualized case-by-case basis.
Initial determinations as to whether requested services and/or accommodations
are required will be made by the coordinator of disability services based
on results of the assessment of needs. If either the faculty member or the
disability coordinator disagrees with the prescripted accommodation, such
disagreement shall be described in writing promptly and submitted to the Chancellor
or his designee for resolution in a prompt manner.
The University will make reasonable modifications to its academic requirements,
if necessary, to comply with legal requirements ensuring that such academic
requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating on the
basis of a student's known and adequately documented disability; unless the
requested modification would require alteration of essential elements of the
program or essential elements of directly related licensing requirements or
would result in undue financial or administrative burdens. The divisional
dean's office, in cooperation with the disabilities services coordinator and
the department through which the requirement is fulfilled, will determine
the appropriate modification or substitution. Any qualified student
with a disability who believes that accommodations and/or an auxiliary aid(s)
will be necessary for participation in any course, course activity, or degree
program must indicate a need for services to the designated disability services
office at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester or degree
The disability services coordinator will oversee an assessment of the student's
request for services and/or accommodations. If an unfavorable determination
is made, the student may appeal the decision through the University of Missouri Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students.