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HSC Student Accommodations

Students must initiate their request for reasonable accommodation through the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center. Accommodations are provided on an individual basis dependent on the need for services and documentation of disability as stated in the above information. Students will meet virtually with the Director or Associate Director of the Center via Zoom for an initial intake and to jointly identify appropriate accommodations. Students should renew their request for accommodation at least each semester, or as needed.

Advocacy

The Accessibility and Disability Resource Center will provide advocacy to students in the areas of consultation and conflict resolution. In addition, ADRC will provide information and referrals to community resources as well as student organizations and activities. ADRC staff will assist students in interpersonal skills development and leadership opportunities. Although the ADRC 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, and be prepared to discuss their needs and refer the instructor to the ADRC if they need additional information to assist them in providing the appropriate accommodations

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

Interpreter and Real Time Captioning Services

The Accessibility and Disability Resource Center 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 captionists. It is important to provide schedule information to the ADRC as soon as possible and to communicate with ADRC 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 ADRC 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 (Doc)

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

E-text copyright agreement form (Doc)

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

Alternative Testing

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.  Testing will be coordinated in conjunction with Faculty and the designated College representative.  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 HSC campus.

 

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 Accessibility and Disability Resource Center to release information regarding services and the student's documentation on file with the ADRC 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. Please note that many outside entities have recency requirements on documentation.

Faculty Notification

The Accessibility and Disability Resource Center work with designated College representatives to 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 the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center, email adrc@ou.edu. 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 Accessibility and Disability Resource Center.

Email Usage

The staff of the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center 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 username 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 ADRC 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