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Disability Services


Mission

Disability Services provides support to enable students with permanent or temporary disabilities to participate in the full range of university experiences. Qualified students with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, not be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of any university services, programs, or activities or be subjected to discrimination of any kind.

Services

  • Academic and test accommodations
  • Accommodations for participation in university-sponsored activities
  • Notifying faculty of necessary and appropriate accommodations
  • Assistance in identifying local and community services
  • Assistance with temporary disabilities

Confidentiality

Information regarding a student's disability, for which special accommodations must be made, is not part of public information and will be treated as confidential. Disability Student Services will not divulge specific information about a student's disability. Every effort will be made to preserve the privacy of the student who needs special accommodations. Students with disabilities should be treated with the same dignity and courtesy afforded all other students in the classroom. Confidentiality requirements are dictated by federal and state law. Questions regarding confidentiality may be directed to Disability Student Services.

Purpose

The purpose of Disability Services is to enable students with disabilities to participate in the full range of college experiences; to promote an environment that is barrier-free; and to actively address and promote disability awareness within the campus community through 1) programs and services designed to meet the academic and professional needs of the individuals with disabilities, and 2) coordination of initiates that lead to the continued development and enrichment of a diverse campus environment.

Am I eligible for these services?

To be eligible for services, the student with a disability must provide Disability Student Services with appropriate documentation that describes the nature and extent of the disability prior to or at the beginning of the semester.

The current documentation (usually within the last 3 years) must be from a qualified professional such as a psychologist, physician, or educational diagnostician. This documentation should include the specific type of disability, the degree of severity and limitations, and the types of accommodation that can help the student to improve his/her classroom success.

How do I obtain these services?

  1. Apply and be accepted for admission at McMurry University. Students with disabilities go through the regular admissions procedures.
  2. Complete the Application for Disability Services and return it to the Disabilities Coordinator, Jesse Potter, with sufficient documentation.
  3. Call 325-793-4881 or email Jesse Potter to schedule an appointment to discuss your accommodations. You will complete the "accommodations form" with the Coordinator of Counseling Services and provide this form to all of your professors at the beginning of each semester.

PLEASE NOTE:You will be REQUIRED to do this at the beginning of every semester in order to receive accommodations.

Students are encouraged to apply for Disability Services 30 days prior to the initial semester of enrollment to adequate time for the coordination of reasonable accommodations. For your benefit, please maintain a copy of all documentation submitted to the Disability Student Services department.

All documentation submitted will be kept confidential, except where permitted or required by law, and will be used solely for determining reasonable accommodations for the student. Securing appropriate documentation is the sole responsibility of the student. Documentation criteria at McMurry University are consistent with the 1997 guidelines of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Resources


Helpful Links

Please email the Disability Services Coordinator, Jesse Potter, if you are aware of additional links that would be helpful to the students at McMurry University.


Jesse Potter, M.Ed, LPC, LCDC
Coordinator of Counseling Services
Disability Services Coordinator

President Resident Hall South
Office: (325) 793-4881
Fax:    (325) 793-4879

Office Hours:
Monday:  8am-2pm
Tuesday: 8am-2pm
Wednesday:  8am-2:30pm
Thursday: 8am-3pm
Friday:   10am-3pm

1 McMurry University, #716
Abilene, TX 79697

potter.jesse@mcm.edu

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