FAQs: Special Events
Graduating students with disabilities may request accommodations for the processional, seating areas (for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, have low vision, or have physical disabilities), access to and from the platform area (located at the top of a set of stairs), or receipt of their diploma on the platform.
Both ceremonies have designated seating areas for guests with mobility disabilities and for those who need interpreters or transcribers. Seating is available for the guest with the disability and one companion on a first-come, first-served basis.
Alternative formats of the Commencement program, such as enlarged print or Braille, may also be requested for students or guests.
Handicap parking is available in designated locations; a state-issued license plate or placard is required.
When the graduating student registers for Commencement, the student must request specific accommodations for the student and/or any guest(s). After registration, the student will receive a detailed packet with parking passes, designated entrance areas, seating information, and other details.
FAQs: Financial Considerations
No. It is UMGC’s responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations to eligible students with disabilities at no cost to the student.
No. We encourage students to speak directly with Financial Aid regarding options for financial assistance. Outside agencies, such as veteran readiness and employment services, may also provide support.
FAQs: Working with Faculty Members
After a student has registered with Accessibility Services, the student will request Accommodation Notification Letters. Students should verify each instructor has received the letter.
After a student has registered with Accessibility Services, the student will request Accommodation Notification Letters. Upon receipt, Accessibility Services will submit an Accommodation Notification Letter to each faculty member. Students should verify each instructor has received the letter.
Faculty members receive formal notification of accommodations for all eligible students receiving accommodations. Frequently, these situations arise due to miscommunication. If any issues arise, contact Accessibility Services immediately.
FAQs: Schedule Changes/Additional Accommodation Needs
During the registration process, accommodations are identified for both online and hybrid instruction. Depending on the accommodation needs, a student would have to notify Accessibility Services if they were taking a hybrid course. For example, a student with a physical disability may not have used many accommodations for online instruction; however, the student will need special equipment and classroom modifications when they takes a hybrid course. The student is responsible for notifying Accessibility Services regarding any changes to the type of instruction.
Contact Accessibility Services immediately. Accessibility Services will request to review any new documentation supporting your accommodation request. After additional accommodations are determined, Accessibility Services will update the Accommodation Notification Letter.
FAQs: Medical Concerns
Any diagnosing professional can submit a medical verification letter or complete one of UMGC’s verification forms. The licensed professional must support the field related to the letter. For example, a psychiatrist would provide a letter based on the student’s mental health condition, and a medical doctor would provide a letter based on a medical condition. Please review the documentation guidelines.
Accessibility Services will be happy to discuss available options and resources in cases where an accommodation is not appropriate.
Although you may not have an official diagnosis, you may still be eligible for accommodations. To make that determination, Accessibility Services will require a formal letter from your treating physician explaining your situation, limitations, and impact on academics.
Pregnancy and childbirth are not typically covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, if a student is experiencing complications due to pregnancy or childbirth, they may be eligible for temporary accommodations. Contact Accessibility Services if you have any questions regarding any complications you experience while pregnant.
No. Accessibility Services can only accommodate a student for the conditions that limit them due to the student’s own diagnosis or treatment.
FAQs: Grievances and Appeals
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