Eligibility for Resources

In order for a student to be eligible for accommodation on the basis of disability status, they must be a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), its Amendment Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and its revision of 1974.

Under those laws, a person has a disability if they have “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, learning, working, or taking care of oneself), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.”

Registering as a Student with a Disability

  1. The student contacts Disability Resources to register as a student with a disability. No student should delay in contacting Disability Resources at the Center for Student Success out of concern for not having appropriate paperwork or documentation.
  2. A meeting will be scheduled between the student and appropriate Disability Resources staff.  This meeting will include discussion intended to make a determination of disability status and any appropriate, recommended accommodations.  The need for accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis, and the presence of disability does not automatically guarantee specific accommodations.


In order to receive accommodations, the student must register and request accommodations in a timely fashion. For example, faculty need time (typically at least a week’s notice) in order to arrange for alternate testing locations and extended time.

We encourage students needing alternative texts to present their requests as soon as possible before or during the semester.

Student Responsibilities

In keeping with our mission to encourage self-advocacy, Disability Resources facilitates an interactive process whereby students actively participate in the accommodation process. Students should:

  • Register with Disability Resources and request accommodations in a timely fashion;
  • Arrange specific details of requested accommodations with faculty and staff members;
  • Maintain the same academic standards required of all Oberlin College students, including timely completion of academic work;
  • Abide by the Oberlin Student Conduct and Community Standards on such matters as academic honesty and behavior.

Appeals or Grievances

Refer to the Policies for Disability Resources section for more information about how to appeal an accommodation decision or to report a grievance.