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Disability Services (DS) is a branch of the Academic Success Center (ASC). Our staff are committed to providing you with the support and services needed to allow you the opportunity to participate in the rich and varied life of the University.

Mission and Purpose

The Disability Services program serves all students with disabilities and the use of services is voluntary and confidential. The program is a resource for students and faculty.

The goal of this office is to ensure educational opportunity for all students with special needs by providing access to full participation in all aspects of campus life and increase awareness of disability issues on campus.

The DS works to:

  • Assist students with disabilities in overcoming environmental and attitudinal barriers and to provide them with academic support services and accommodations which help them to succeed at Roosevelt University
  • Facilitate the provision of services that will provide students with personal and academic support
  • Promote University community awareness of the needs and capabilities of students with disabilities
  • Serve as a resource for members of the University community, prospective students, parents and members of the public who interact with the University community.


Students with disabilities have access to equal opportunities for education and participation in University activities. Students must meet or exceed the essential requirement of the University with or without accommodations. Students initiate the request for any accommodations and/or services in a timely manner, communicate with faculty and/or staff regarding accommodations and work with the Disability Services staff as needed. The staff works with each student individually and accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis.

Qualified persons with disability
To benefit from the protections of the ADA and Section 504, the person must be qualified and disabled. A person with a disability is one who either:
  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity;
  • Has a record or history of such an impairment; or,
  • Is regarded as having such impairment

To be qualified, the disabled person must meet the academic and technical standards for admission to or participation in the University’s education program or activity.

Self-identification in admissions

An applicant's decision whether to self-identify as a disabled person is a very personal one. Individuals with disabilities are welcome to discuss their concerns with the DS staff prior to applying. The decision to not self-identify as disabled is understood and respected.

Upon acceptance, however, incoming students needing accommodations are urged to contact the DS program as soon as possible. The staff’s early identification of students’ needs helps to ensure that arrangements and accommodations can be made prior to a student’s arrival on campus. Each student is reminded that they are ultimately responsible for their academic success and/or failure. Each student must take the initiative to use time, facilities, and support services in a productive manner. Each student is responsible for his or her own work and grade in each course.

As required by law, personal information pertaining to a student's disability will only be shared on a “need to know” basis. A listing of individuals with permission to view documentation will be posted with the documentation in a secure space. Documentation will be kept for 7 years after graduation or departure from the University.
Nondiscrimination statement
Roosevelt University has been committed in its programs and activities from its inception to a policy on nondiscrimination. No person shall be discriminated against because of age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sexual orientation, source of income, unfavorable discharge from military service, veteran status, or as a result of being the victim of domestic or sexual violence in its programs and activities.