A student with a disability who needs to request accommodation should contact the College of Law Assistant Dean for Student Affairs as soon as the student enrolls in the autumn semester. Documentation of the disability is required as set forth below. Students who require exam accommodations must submit a written request to the Assistant Dean at least one month prior to the examination. The Assistant Dean will work as a liaison between the student and professors to provide accommodations.
The Center for Students with Disabilities
Services for students with disabilities are provided by the University Center for Students with Disabilities. To benefit from services, law students must register with this office before the beginning of each semester. Students must have been tested by a recognize specialist within the last three years prior to starting law school. The DePaul office also provides testing at a cost. If a student is approved and the disability is verified, the Center can offer extended time for exams, laptops for note-taking, textbooks in modified form, zoom text, real-time captioning and more. To contact the office, see www.studentaffairs.depaul.edu/scd . The Loop campus location is Suite 1400 of the Lewis Center. See also 773-325-1677 and 773-325-3720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verification of Physical Disability
A student with a non-obvious physical disability must provide professional verification of the disability by a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, occupational therapist or other professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability. The verification must reflect the student's present level of functioning with respect to the major life activity affected by the disability. The cost of obtaining the professional verification is the responsibility of the student.
If the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the present extent of the disability and appropriate accommodations, the College of Law may require supplemental assessment. The cost of the supplemental assessment shall be borne by the student.
Verification of Learning Disability
A student with a learning disability must provide professional testing and evaluation results prepared within the last three years which reflect his or her present level of processing information and present achievement level. The cost of obtaining the professional verification is the responsibility of the student. Students are advised that, when they apply for admission to the Bar, their tests for accommodations must be performed within three years prior to the time they apply to the Bar.
The four criteria necessary to establish a student’s eligibility for learning disability adjustments or accommodations are:
- Average or above-average intelligence as measured by a standardized intelligence test which includes assessment of verbal and non-verbal abilities;
- The presence of a cognitive-achievement discrepancy or an intra-cognitive discrepancy indicated by a score on a standardized test of achievement, which is 1.5 standard deviations or more below the level corresponding to a student’s sub-scale or full-scale IQ;
- The presence of disorders in cognitive or sensory processing, such as those related to memory, language or attention; and
- An absence of other primary causal factors leading to achievement below expectations such as visual or auditory disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, a lack of opportunity to learn due to cultural or socio-economic circumstances or deficiencies in intellectual ability.
Documentation to verify the learning disability must:
- Be prepared within the last three years by a professional qualified to diagnose a learning disability including, but not limited to, a licensed physician, learning disability specialist or psychologist;
- Include the testing procedures followed, the instruments used to assess the disability, the test results and a written interpretation of the test results by the professional;
- Reflect the individual’s present level of functioning in the achievement areas of reading comprehension, reading rate, written expression, writing mechanisms and vocabulary, writing, grammar and spelling; and
- Reflect the individual’s present level of functioning in the areas of intelligence and processing skills.
The assessment must provide data that support the request for an academic adjustment. In the event that a student requests an academic adjustment or accommodation that is not supported by the data in the assessment, or if the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability, then it is incumbent upon the student to obtain supplemental testing or assessment at the student’s expense.
Verification of a Temporary Disability
A student who seeks accommodation on the basis of a temporary disability must provide documentation to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to verify the nature of the condition, stating its expected duration and describing the accommodations deemed necessary. Such verification must be provided by a professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of such conditions. The assessment or verification of disability must reflect the student’s current level of disability and shall be no older than 60 days. The cost of obtaining the professional verification shall be borne by the student.
If the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and appropriate accommodations, the College of Law shall have the discretion to require a supplemental assessment. The cost of the supplemental assessment shall be borne by the student.