• Accessibility On Campus

    It is Hamline University policy to ensure that no student with a disability is denied access to a course in which he or she is enrolled because the classroom is not accessible. Disability Resources is available to assist with the relocation of classes or programs that are held in locations that are physically inaccessible.

    Faculty Notification Letters
    Interpreting and Captioning Services
    Auxiliary and Personal Aids and Equipment
    Print Materials in Alternate Format
    Testing Accommodations

    Faculty Notification Letters

    Students requesting academic accommodations must inform their professors by providing Faculty Notification Letters from Disability Resources. These letters state that the student is registered with Disability Resources and provide guidance for implementing accommodations. Students may pick up these letters from Disability Resources within one week of the original request. Early notification and active communication with instructors are the best ways to ensure that a student's accommodation needs are met. Students do not have to discuss the nature of their disability with the instructor, but should be prepared to discuss how the instructor can assist with disability-related issues throughout the course. Instructors have two weeks to make necessary arrangements for accommodations. Any student who has followed proper procedures, but is concerned that his/her request will not be met, should contact Disability Resources immediately.

    Interpreting and Captioning Services

    Hamline University will arrange and incur the cost of interpreter services for classes, related academic requirements, and non-academic, out-of-class activities sponsored by the University for any registered Hamline student. Students requesting interpreter or captioning services will meet with a Disability Resources staff member to discuss his or her needs. Students are asked to schedule their classes in such a way as to achieve maximum benefit from minimum interpreter time. Students are urged to finalize their schedules far in advance of the first class day so interpreters can be scheduled.

    Request an Interpreter >

    Auxiliary Aids and Personal Aids and Equipment

    Disability Resources will provide auxiliary aids for students to afford access to educational programs and university services. Examples include adaptive equipment in an academic department, print materials in alternate formats, and FM listening devices.

    Students are responsible for aids or assistance of a personal nature such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, computers to be used at home, or attendants for services of a personal nature including assistance with eating, bathing or dressing.

    Print Materials in Alternate Formats

    Disability Resources provides textbook conversion to qualifying students. Textbook conversion can be a lengthy process and students are advised to submit requests immediately after registering for class. Upon receiving textbook information from students, Disability Resources will request the electronic text from the publisher. Publishers require 15 business days' notice for e-text requests. Upon receiving the electronic texts, Disability Resources must often edit and reformat the material. Once materials are obtained as an electronic file, it can be converted to Braille, audio recordings, enlarged print, and saved to a CD for use with screen reading software provided by Disability Resources.

    Request Materials in Alternate Formats >

    Testing Accommodations

    Disability Resources provides a reduced-distraction room for students who qualify for extended time for exams. Students must schedule a testing time at least one week in advance. Testing should occur at the same time that the rest of the class is testing. Students must complete the top portion of the Testing Accommodations form and have the rest filled out by his/her professor.

    Request Testing Accommodations >

    Parking Policies

    First year students requesting a car on campus for disability reasons should fill out the exemption form. Students should submit this form to the Office of Safety and Security for review. Upon review, the student will be contacted with a decision. If the student is granted the ability to have a car on campus, s/he must purchase a parking permit from the Office of Safety and Security.

    All other students at Hamline University requesting a car on campus for disability reasons should contact a staff member from Disability Resources to fill out a Parking Lottery Exemption Form. Once this form has been signed by the student and a Disability Resources staff member, the student should submit the form to the Office of Safety and Security.

    Please note that the Parking Lottery Exemption form does not make a student exempt from paying the cost of the parking permit. Students with temporary disabilities (such as a broken leg), requesting a car on campus for a period of up to 10 days, should contact a staff member from Disability Resources to obtain a temporary parking permit. First year students are eligible to receive temporary parking permits as well. Disability Resources does not provide handicap parking permits. These permits are issued by the State of Minnesota. 

    Request a Permit from the State of Minnesota >

    For a map of handicap parking spaces, accessible building entrances, and paths at Hamline University, please see our campus map.