Student Support Services is composed of two entities. One is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education TRIO programs. This program is designed to provide academic support and instruction to low-income, first generation college students, and college students with disabilities who have academic needs and a potential to succeed in higher education. Services include advocacy, priority registration, testing services, counseling and guidance, career development, supplemental instruction, and tutoring.
Disability Support Services is responsible for housing documentation of all students with disabilities who identify themselves to the university and request accommodations. The type of services and accommodations provided depends on the needs of the individual student and are based on the documentation provided, as well as what is reasonable to provide. Disability Support Services supplies students with notification letters to give to his/her professors and advisor by using a web request form. Testing accommodations are requested by the student via a web request form, as well. Priority pre-registration is provided to all DSS students who remain active in our database. Disability Support Services serves as the coordinating body for services, provided to students with disabilities by other divisions within the university, as well as by state rehabilitation agencies.
The ACCESS program seeks to provide educational access and opportunity through individual support and services for the academic and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities (as defined by the Higher Education Opportunity Act) who are accepted to the University as special non-degree seeking program participants.