Disability Education Office


Disability Education Office: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does a student request accommodations?

    1. Schedule an appointment with the Disability Education Office Coordinator by following this link. Appointments can also be made through Starfish under Success Network > Disability Education Office Appointment. 
    2. Meet with the Coordinator to discuss the impact of the disability. 
    3. Provide documentation of your disability. Documentation should be from an appropriate professional, such as a doctor, psychologist, licensed therapist, psychiatrist, etc. 
      1. Documentation should include:
        1. Diagnosis.
        2. Impact of the disability. 
        3. Recommendations for academic accommodations.
      2. Submit documentation to our office or bring it with you to your meeting.
        1. Mail: Muskingum University
          Disability Education Office
          10 College Drive 
          New Concord, Ohio 43762-1837
        2. Fax: 740-826-8285
        3. Email: deo@muskingum.edu
  2. What is the difference between the Disability Education Office and the PLUS Program?

    • Though housed together in the PLUS Center, the Disability Education Office and PLUS Program are different services.
    • The Disability Education Office provides federally mandated reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities. The PLUS Program is a fee-based program that uses an embedded learning strategy model that is blended with a learning conversation approach for students with learning disabilities.
    • Students do not need to participate in the PLUS Program to receive their accommodations. 
  3. What are typical accommodations that are approved through the Disability Education Office?

    1. Academic Accommodations
      1. Alternate format course materials
      2. Alternate format textbooks
      3. Access to class notes
      4. Record class
      5. Preferred seating
      6. Large font materials
    2. Testing Accommodations
      1. Extended time 
      2. Distraction reduced environment
      3. Reader
      4. Scribe
      5. Computer
      6. Calculator
      7. Speech to text
    3. Housing accommodations
      1. Emotional support animals
      2. Medical singles 
        ***not an exhaustive list***
  4. How will instructors be notified of a student's accommodation?

    1. After accommodations are approved though the DEO, the student has the option of notifying their instructors themselves or by the DEO Coordinator on their behalf. If the student wishes to have the DEO Coordinator inform their instructors, an email will be sent to each instructor to notify them of the DEO approved accommodations. 
  5. What are my responsibilities as an instructor?

    1. The Disability Education Office strives to create partnerships with faculty and staff that will provide access to all students, not just students with disabilities. Students with disabilities have rights defined by federal and state laws which require institutions to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure equal opportunity. This includes any of Muskingum University’s programs, courses, and activities. 
    2. Faculty members should work in partnership with the DEO. If a student makes reference to, or discloses their disability, please refer them to the DEO. This can be done either through Starfish or via email to deo@muskingum.edu
    3. If you do not provide the formally requested accommodation, the student has the right to take legal action against you and/or Muskingum University. Denial of accommodations can be considered a violation of rights by the Office of Civil Rights. A student at no point should be discriminated against because of their disability. If you have questions about accommodations, please contact the DEO.
  6. Why Do Students Establish Accommodations with the Disability Education Office?

    1. Reasons why students need accommodations vary. Accommodations are determined individually on a case-by-case basis. By registering with the DEO, it allows for an ease of collaboration between students, instructors and the DEO staff because of established procedures and policies. Students are at no point required to register with the Disability Education Office, only encouraged to do so. 
  7. How do I request to use my testing accommodations once I’m approved?

    1. Test/Quiz Request Slips can be found:
      • at the DEO Workstation in Walter Hall
      • on BlackBoard under DEO TESTING > Accommodation Request Forms.
      • Online by using this link.
      • Test/quiz requests must be submitted at least two business days in advance to ensure accommodations can be facilitated. 
  8. What are some examples of disabilities that are accommodated with the DEO

    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Psychiatric Disabilities 
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Head Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Physical Disabilities and Systemic Illness 
    • Mobility Impairments
    • Deafness/Hearing Impairment
    • Blindness/Low Vision
    • Disabilities that are sporadic or degenerative in nature
    • Temporary Conditions
      ***not an exhaustive list***
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