Oregon State University (OSU) is committed to following Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended in 2008 (ADAAA), and other applicable federal and state regulations and university policies which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Under these laws, eligible students with a documented disability have a right to receive reasonable accommodations. Students also have responsibilities under these laws.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  1. An equal opportunity to learn. If the building location, academic course materials, or instructional methodology limits access, participation, or the ability to benefit, students have a right to reasonable accommodations in those aspects of the course (or program). The accommodation(s) may not fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, lower academic standards, present an undue financial or administrative burden on the university, or pose a threat to others or public safety.
  2. An equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the academic community. This includes access to services, extra-curricular activities, housing, and transportation at a comparable level as provided to any student.

Students with disabilities shall be responsible for:

  1. Applying to DAS for services.
  2. Submitting documentation of a disability from a qualified and appropriate professional that demonstrates how the disability affects/impacts the student in the academic or living/housing environment.
  3. Completing a DAS orientation, once the student has been found eligible for accommodations and prior to receiving accommodations.
  4. Requesting accommodations through DAS Student Online Services Login each term in a timely manner. Please review the timeline in Chapter 4 of the DAS Student Handbook for requesting accommodations.
  5. Meeting with instructors and other service providers to discuss accommodations as needed. Students should be aware that while information about the disability is confidential, anonymity is not guaranteed.
  6. Notifying DAS of any issues, concerns, or delays in receiving requested accommodations in a timely manner.
  7. Meeting and maintaining the University's fundamental academic and technical standards.


Colleges and universities are not required to provide "personal services" to students with disabilities, per applicable laws. Below are some examples of common personal services:

  1. Private tutoring and/or assistance with homework
  2. Personal care attendant (PCA)
  3. Personally prescribed medical devices (eyeglasses, wheelchairs, hearing aids, etc.)
  4. Personal transportation
  5. Personal assistance to transport books or other personal items

Students can contact DAS for referrals to resources that are available to all students, or available within the community (campus tutoring resources, university shuttle, Dial-A-Bus, etc.).

While OSU is committed to student access, students are not required to use their accommodations. Accommodations are provided once a student requests them each term. The student is responsible for submitting requests for accommodations each term through DAS Student Online Services Login.


Page Updated 08/2022