Disability services are offered to all full-time and part-time students with proper documentation. All new students should meet with our staff prior to enrollment at Marshall for a pre-enrollment assessment. In this meeting, students and staff will discuss accommodations, review study skills and determine needs.
To Qualify for Disability Services
- Schedule pre-enrollment assessment (only once – prior to enrollment at Marshall)
- Complete Request for Accommodations form (each semester)
- Schedule a meeting with Disability Services to confirm accommodations (each semester)
Disability Services Available
Notetaking Services: Usually students with disabilities can work with their instructor to identify competent notetakers, as the best notetakers are students already enrolled in the course. They understand the “language of the professor” and are motivated to take accurate and complete notes. If a notetaker cannot be identified in the class, Disability Services will make every effort to hire a notetaker. Additionally, copy facilities are available through our program.
Test Proctoring and Accommodations: Some students with disabilities may need adaptive testing procedures. Time extensions, private locations for testing, oral testing, use of a proctor or other procedures may be used to meet these needs. The course instructor has the final determination as to the method of evaluation, therefore, each student should meet with their instructor to agree upon testing procedures. Our office will verify that the student has a disability that justifies test accommodations. Requests for test proctoring must be made at least one week in advance.
Alternative Format Textbooks: Students are encouraged to utilize digital/ebooks if they need books in alternate formats. They may want to ask at the Bookstore or explore eBooks.com or BookShare.com to acquire required commonly used textbooks. If they are not available, students should meet with our staff to discuss alternatives.
Tutoring: Tutoring is available to students through Tutoring Services. Students with disabilities who need more tutoring time should discuss this need with Stephanie Ballou, director of Disability Services.
Lab and Library Assistants: As with other services, the need for these assistants is individually determined, and the services are provided as required.
Liaison with Faculty: Upon request, our staff will contact instructors and discuss the student’s appropriate classroom accommodations.
Advising: We are available to advise students in areas such as classroom accessibility, residence hall concerns, academic goal setting and referral to other campus services. These situations are best addressed before they become a crisis, so students should discuss concerns early. Academic advising including courses and requirements for degree completion are not handled by the Office of Disability Services.
Early Registration: Students with disabilities are afforded early registration privileges. Students with disabilities may present stamped forms to the Registrar or use MILO during a special advance registration period. We encourage all eligible students to register during this time in order to register for classes that may better fit their disability issues. Students who have been out of classes for one semester or more should contact the Office of Disability Services to make sure they are eligible to register early.
Equipment: Equipment currently includes manual wheelchairs, an electric motorized scooter, and iPads. A Braille printer, large print screen computers, and scanners are available in the Study Center of the Drinko Library. Located in Prichard Hall is a CCTV, software programs – Jaws and Open Book – that will read text to students. The Office of Disability Services has a very limited equipment inventory available to loan to students on a semester basis.