OHSU is committed to providing equal access to qualified students who experience a disability in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) of 1990. An equal opportunity means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to similarly-situated individuals without disabilities. OHSU is obliged to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities, which may include academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and/or program modifications.
To be eligible for disability-related services, individuals must have a documented disability as defined by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Eligible disabilities include physical and mental impairments that may include but are not limited to vision, hearing, mobility, learning, systemic, psychiatric, and brain injury that substantially limit one or more major life activity. Many students have “hidden” disabilities covered by the ADA such as learning, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and arthritis.
A qualified student with a disability is a person with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in a particular educational program or activity.
It is the student’s responsibility to inform the university that an accommodation is needed. OHSU will make reasonable effort to provide accommodations that are effective for the student. Students are asked to make requests for accommodations in a timely manner, typically six weeks in advance of when an accommodation is needed, to ensure appropriate provision of accommodations.
Implementing Recommended Accommodations:
A letter identifying the recommended accommodations will be sent to the student and the appropriate Program Accommodation Liaison (PAL) each term or as appropriate. The PAL will help facilitate the implementation of the accommodations with the faculty of record for the student.
Making Requests in a Timely Manner:
Advanced planning is needed to ensure the timely provision of appropriate accommodations. A qualified student with a disability may not be excluded from a program due to lack of appropriate services. However, all services may not be on hand at all times. It is important to allow sufficient time for a program and/or the institution to put accommodations and appropriate auxiliary aid(s) into place. Therefore, students must turn in their requests for accommodations within an appropriate time frame, usually 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the next term for which the accommodations are being requested. If a request is submitted after the relevant deadline, Student Access will make every reasonable effort to accommodate the request but cannot guarantee that an untimely request can be met. Untimely requests may result in delay, substitutions, or denial of accommodation.
Sue Orchard, Psy.D
Coordinator for Student Access
Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Mackenzie Hall 1115