Office of Disability Support Services

Frequently Asked Questions


Disability Services at the University Level - FAQ

Adapted from Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education. Office of Civil Rights (OCR):

Do I have to inform Seton Hall that I have a disability?
No. However, if you want Seton Hall University (SHU) to provide an academic adjustment, you must identify yourself to Disability Support Services (DSS) as having a disability. Likewise, you should let DSS know about your disability if you want to ensure that you are assigned to accessible facilities. In any event, your disclosure of a disability is always voluntary.

As a student with a disability leaving high school and entering postsecondary education, will I see differences in my rights and how they are addressed?
Yes. Section 504 and Title II protect elementary, secondary and postsecondary students from discrimination. Nevertheless, several of the requirements that apply through high school are different from the requirements that apply beyond high school. Unlike your high school, SHU is not required to provide free appropriate public education. Rather, we are required to provide appropriate academic adjustments as necessary to ensure that the University does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

What documentation should I provide?
Schools may set reasonable standards for documentation. Some schools require more documentation than others. SHU requires that you provide documentation prepared by an appropriate professional, such as a medical doctor, psychologist, or other qualified diagnostician. In general, the required documentation must include a diagnosis of your current disability; how the diagnosis was reached; the credentials of the professional; how your disability affects a major life activity; and how the disability affects your academic performance. Specific documentation guidelines are available on the DSS website.

Although an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan, if you have one, may help identify services that have been effective for you in the past, it is not sufficient documentation at the college level. This is because postsecondary education presents different demands than high school education, and what you need to meet these new demands may be different. Also, in some cases, the nature of a disability may change. If the documentation that you have does not meet SHU’s requirements, a DSS administrator will tell you in a timely manner what additional documentation you need to provide. You may need a new evaluation in order to provide the required documentation.

Who has to pay for a new evaluation?
Neither your high school nor SHU is required to conduct or pay for a new evaluation to document your disability and need for an academic adjustment. This may mean that you have to pay or find funding to pay an appropriate professional for an evaluation.  If you are eligible for services through your state vocational rehabilitation agency, you may qualify for an evaluation at no cost to you. DSS may also be able to provide an off-campus referral.

How do institutions determine what academic adjustments are appropriate for me?
Once you have identified yourself as a student with a disability, requested an academic adjustment and provided appropriate documentation, SHU staff will discuss with you what academic adjustments are appropriate in light of your individual needs and the nature of SHU’s program(s).  Students with disabilities possess unique knowledge of their individual disabilities and should be prepared to discuss the functional challenges they face and, if applicable, what has or has not worked for them in the past.

In providing an academic adjustment, SHU is not required to lower or substantially modify essential requirements. In addition, your postsecondary school does not have to make adjustments that would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program, or activity, or that would result in an undue financial or administrative burden. Finally, your postsecondary school does not have to provide personal attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature, such as tutoring and typing.

Contact Us

Office of Disability Support Services
(973) 313-6003
Fax (973) 761-9185
Duffy Hall Rm. 67

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