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 location, delivery system, or instructional methodology limits access, participation, or the ability to benefit, students have a right to reasonable alterations in those aspects of the course (or program) to accommodate a disability. The accommodation 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 that 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 a particular delivery system, instructional method, or evaluation criteria when requesting accommodations.
  3. Completing a DAS orientation, once the student has been found eligible for accommodations, prior to receiving accommodations.
  4. Requesting accommodations through DAS online services each term in a timely manner. Please review the DAS service request timeline, chapter 4, for requesting accommodations.
  5. Meeting with instructors and other service providers to discuss accommodations as needed. 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
  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).

OSU is committed to student success; however, students are not required to use accommodations. Accommodations are provided once a student requests them each term.  The student is responsible for submitting requests for accommodations each term through DAS Online services.


Page Updated 09/2020