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Student Accessibility Services

DePauw University strives to maximize student potential by providing reasonable accommodations that ensure equal access to both the campus living and academic environments.

DePauw University is committed to providing equal access to academic programs and university administered activities with reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities as covered under The Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendments 2008 (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Student Accessibility Services determines reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities that include: long term disabilities and chronic health conditions; temporary impairments and episodic conditions; and housing and dietary needs. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case -by -case basis while ensuring the academic integrity of DePauw University remains intact.

The Americans With Disabilities Act and Amendments of 2008 (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, define a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, or caring for one’s self.  Physical or mental impairments may include, but are not limited to: mobility/orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, speech impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psychological disabilities, neurological impairments, traumatic brain injury, or chronic medical conditions such as AIDS, cancer, and diabetes.

Disclosure of a disability is optional and voluntary. A student may disclose a disability if academic performance could be adversely affected due to the impact of a disability or if the disability prevents the student from having access to, or participating in services, programs and activities at DePauw University. Student Accessibility Services strongly recommends that First-Year Students and Transfer Students who may need accommodations request those accommodations as early as possible, even prior to arrival on campus.  A student is free to disclose a disability at any time during their academic career at DePauw, however it is vital to note that accommodations are not retroactive.