Office of Disability Services

Request Services

All students seeking accommodations for a disability must register with Office of Disability Services(ODS). ODS staff works collaboratively with students to to ensure that students with disabilities are not subject to discrimination.  Students should register as soon as possible so that the office has sufficient time to work collaboratively with students and other professionals to review the necessary documentation and coordinate reasonable accommodations.

Before a determination is made regarding a request for accommodations, the student must complete the proper forms and submit current, appropriate, and full documentation of the disability as requested by ODS.

Introduction

These guidelines have been established by the University of Miami to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008. The University of Miami follows and abides by the definitions and requirements set forth in these statutes. These guidelines are intended for use by students currently enrolled in classes at the University of Miami or students preparing to attend the university. It is suggested that students expecting to attend the university for the first time submit documentation immediately after being accepted to the University. All students should submit the requested documentation weeks prior to the beginning of classes . Accepted freshman and transfer students are encouraged to submit documentation prior to finalizing their decision to attend the University of Miami. Students should not assume that accommodations provided in high school will automatically be granted in college. It is important for incoming students to submit early as university fees and deposit cannot be refunded if accommodations are not granted. The review process may take up to four to six weeks for complete information and is dependent on the number of requests. All requests are processed in the order that they are received.  Longer delays will apply for incomplete documentation or documentation submitted at peak times such as freshman orientation and final exams


Eligibility for Services

Eligibility for services is determined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2009, Section 504 of the Rehabiliation Act of 1973, and the respective implementing regulations. At the University of Miami, eligibility determinations are made by the Office of Disability Services for all undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and summer scholars students.  A student who has received services or accommodations from another institution or agency may not always be eligible for the same services or accommodations at the University of Miami. Submission of documentation does not guarantee accommodations.

A student who is admitted to the University may be eligible for services provided that:

  • The student requests services and/or accommodations from the Office of Disability Services.

  • If requested to do so by the Office of Disability Services, the student provides current, complete, and appropriate documentation.

  • The student needs to participate in a collaborative and interactive process with ODS staff.

  • The student registers with the Office of Disability Services by completing registration forms and all other required forms.


  • Accommodation Request Form

    All requests must be submitted by the student and clearly identify the accommodations being requested. Incomplete documentation will not be reviewed. You may use our Accommodation Request Form or provide the information below as part of your own cover sheet.


    Accommodation Request Form

    All documentation must include the following information:
    • A student cane-identification number (C#)
    • Current address
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
    • Specific accommodations being requested
    If someone other than the student is submitting documentation, the release section of the accommodations request form must be completed and signed by the student before any information will be discussed with a parent or medical professional.

    Multiple Disabilities

    Students with multiple diagnoses requiring a range of accommodations should provide comprehensive documentation for all conditions. For example, when accommodations are requested based on two or more disabilities, such as learning disabilities and depression, documentation should be submitted for both and should meet the guidelines for submitting documentation for both learning disabilities and psychological disorders.