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Accommodations/Services

Students must initiate their request for reasonable accommodation through the Student Affairs. Accommodations are provided on an individual basis dependent on the need for services and documentation of disability as stated in the below information. Students will meet with a staff member for an initial intake and to jointly identify appropriate accommodations. Students should update their request for accommodation at least each semester, or as needed.

Advocacy

 

The Student Affairs office will provide advocacy to students in the areas of consultation, counseling and conflict resolution. In addition, Student Affairs will provide information and referrals to community resources as well as student organizations and activities. The Student Affairs staff will assist students in interpersonal skills development and leadership opportunities. Although the Student Affairs staff advocates for student needs, it is equally important that students learn to advocate for themselves. Students need to understand their strengths, learn to identify areas for improvement, know their rights and responsibilities,and know where to go for assistance. Early in the semester, students should schedule a meeting with their instructors, be prepared to discuss their needs and to refer the instructor to the Student Affairs if they need additional information to assist them.

Architectural Accessibility
This includes assistance in removing architectural barriers on campus or rescheduling classes to accessible facilities.

Interpreter and Real Time Captioning Services
The Student Affairs office will coordinate interpreter and real time captioning services on campus. We strive to provide the highest quality accommodations by hiring qualified interpreters and captionists. Students are encouraged to pre-enroll to ensure availability of interpreters and real time captionist. It is important to provide schedule information to Student Affairs as soon as possible and to communicate with Student Affairs staff about class schedules at pre-enrollment.

Note-Taking Services
In most situations, a system of peer volunteer note takers is used at the University. With the student's permission, the faculty member is contacted to assist in identifying a volunteer note taker in class. Students can expect a one or two-week period to pass before note taker accommodations are completely implemented. The Student Affairs office will provide two-part carbonless (NCR) paper for use by the note taker. It is the student's responsibility to pick up this NCR paper from the Student Affairs office and deliver it to the note taker. Students may also wish to tape record class lectures. Students are expected to take their own notes in class and to use the notes from the note taker as a supplementary set of notes to compare and ensure that students are getting the information correct. Note takers are not a substitute for class attendance.

E-Text Request Form

E-Text request will be accepted for students registered with the DRC who require an alternative text format due to a print or reading disability.  Please select the link below and return all forms to the ADRC or email drc@ou.edu

E-text request form (Web-based, accessible)

E-text copyright agreement form (Web-based, accessible)

Alternative Testing
Test-proctoring services are available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can schedule appointments for alternative testing by scheduling an appointment through the Student Affairs Office, Room 1C53 of the Schusterman Center. Appointments should be confirmed two days prior to the test.  Students are responsible for notifying the instructor and making arrangements for delivery and return of the tests. Tests can be delivered to the Student Affairs office by the instructor, campus mail, fax, e-mail, or by the student and returned in the same manner.

Tests are normally administered during the same time the rest of the class is taking the test unless there are extenuating circumstances. Any rescheduling must be approved by the instructor and the Student Affairs staff. If a change in a test format is required as a reasonable accommodation, the Student Affairs staff will work with the student and instructor to discuss appropriate formats. Alternative testing is provided to allow a student to accurately demonstrate his/her knowledge and achievement as opposed to measuring the impact of the disability. Students are expected to uphold the academic integrity of the University. Any incidents of alleged academic misconduct discovered by the staff will be reported for action under the Academic Misconduct Code for the Norman or Oklahoma City campuses.
 
Facilitating Accommodation Requests for Outside Entities
If a student requires accommodation on any standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc., it is the student's responsibility to contact the outside entity to obtain information about their accommodation procedures. There is typically a paper request form that is required by these entities. In order for the Student Affairs office to release information regarding services and the student's documentation on file with the Student Affairs office, the student must submit the request in a timely manner and sign a Release of Information Form. Please allow sufficient time for us to complete and return this form so that you can return it to the outside entity with sufficient time to make the necessary accommodation arrangements.
 
Equipment
Student Affairs is equipped with computers with speech recognition software.  In addition, upon request, specific furnishing can be placed in the classrooms for those students who cannot use the existing equipment.
 
Priority Enrollment
After receiving academic advisement from their college, students are encouraged to contact the Student Affairs staff to plan their schedule. Enrollment for students with disabilities is processed when schedules are submitted on or before the first day of advanced registration for the next term. Priority enrollment begins one week prior to the university’s advance registration.

Reader Services
Students are encouraged to obtain tape-recorded textbooks from sources such as the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped or Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. Applications for these programs are available in the Student Affairs office. Limited in-house recording is provided for students if these traditional resources cannot meet their needs. Reader services are provided as required for exams.

Library Assistance
Appointments can be scheduled with the Student Affairs staff for research assistance in the library as required.
 
Faculty Notification
The Student Affairs office will notify instructors of specific accommodations via e-mail to their OU e-mail accounts, but will only do so at the student’s request. In order to submit a request for instructor notification, students should contact Student Affairs. This process must be completed each semester in order to receive accommodations. Students are, of course, encouraged to be self-advocates and are expected to identify themselves to the instructor and discuss the specific accommodations authorized by Student Affairs.

Email Usage
The staff of the Student Affairs office has found that the use of e-mail has increased the speed and effectiveness of the way in which we communicate information of interest and address the concerns of students. Students are encouraged to routinely check their e-mail to obtain information on scholarship opportunities, activities, workforce recruitment, priority enrollment dates and other items of interest to the disability community. Student e-mail accounts on the OU system are automatically set up; however, new users must activate the account by going to http://account.ou.edu/. Students who do not own a personal computer, may go to one of the computer labs on campus to activate his or her account. The student’s user name and password are essential to utilize e-mail, access a personal Web page, use a computer lab, enroll for courses, check grades online, etc. Students may check e-mail accounts at the Student Affairs office or at any of the OU computer labs on campus. E-mail accounts can be checked from home by going to http://oumail.ou.edu/.