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Disability Accommodations

Department responsible: Dean of Students/Disability Resources

Owner: Dean of Students/Disability Resources

Pertains to: All students

Description: Hamline University is committed to ensuring all qualified students equal access to academic and extracurricular activities.


Hamline University and the office of Disability Services are committed to ensuring equal access to the university and its programs for students with disabilities. We coordinate and provide reasonable accommodations, collaborate to create an accessible and hospitable learning environment, and promote self-determination on the part of the individuals we serve.

Both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA as amended 2008), govern Hamline University. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against people in programs or activities receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. The ADA is a federal civil rights law that guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in state and local government services, public accommodations, employment, transportation, and telecommunications. It upholds and extends the standards for compliance set forth in section 504 to include all policies, procedures, and practices that impact the treatment of students with disabilities.

In order to provide disability-related accommodations, Hamline requires:

  • Recent and appropriate information to document the need for accommodations, adjustments, and/or services;
  • Consultation with the student in determining appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or services;
  • Timely requests for all accommodations, especially those involving testing
  • Advance notice of any requests for alternate format materials. These materials can take up to four to six weeks to obtain;
  • Communication with Disability Resources at the beginning of each term to review accommodations and to prepare notification letters for professors as needed.

Accommodations and support provided may include, but are not limited to:

  • Course materials in alternate formats such as digital, audio, large print or Braille
  • Assistive technology in the library;
  • Classroom note takers;
  • Coaching on time management and Strategies for studying;
  • Sign language interpreters;
  • Testing accommodations:
    • Extended Time
    • Reader and/or scribe
    • Reduced distraction room
  • Advocacy and tools for self-advocacy;
  • Assistance with accessibility issues;
  • Disability information for the University;
  • Meetings with prospective students;
  • Referrals for assessments;
  • Priority registration if needed;
  • Community links;

Undergraduate, law, and graduate students who need accommodations should contact the director of Disability Resources at 651-523-2521.

If any student feels that the provisions in the above policy are not being met, they should contact the Dean of Students and grievance coordinator, located in the Dean of Students Office or by telephone at 651-523-2134.