Welcome, Prospective Bulldogs!
Thank-you for considering UMD.
Two important facts about Disability Resources:
Disability Resources is not special education.
Using accommodations will not go on your academic record.
At UMD, individuals with disabilities are part of diversity and "normal". Accommodations may change the way you do something (like extra time on your exam), but will not give you any less work, "extra help" or an "unfair advantage". Accommodations provide access - like wearing eyeglasses. Using accommodations will never go on your UMD record.
The laws we follow - ADA and Sec 504 - are civil rights laws. this means you have a right to the accommodations that you need for access to the University. Read more.
All students, including those with disabilities, must meet UMD's admission standards.
If you have disability-related circumstances you would like us to consider, submit a letter with your application explaining your situation. Your application will be reviewed by both Disability Resources and Admisssions staffs.
It's easy to get academic accommodations at UMD.
- Meet with your disability specialist,
- Discuss the accommodations you've used in the past and what you think you will need at UMD
- Commonly used accommodations
- extra time and a quiet place to take exams or
- audio textbooks or
- copies of lecture notes or learning the
- awesome technology to make reading and writing tasks easier.
- Fill out the appropriate forms
- Visit you professors to get your forms signed.
All disability information, is confidential. No disability information about you leaves our office without your consent.
Students must submit disability documentation and a completed Housing Accommodation request form. Decisions about housing accommodations are made jointly by the offices of Disability Resources and Housing and Residence Life.
Qualifying students with disabilities may apply to the Marcia Bevard-Kulick and Harry Oden scholarships. Applications for these are accepted in spring semesters.
University of Minnesota Duluth offers a number of academic scholarships for incoming freshmen with outstanding academic achievement.
Some High School-College Differences
|Primary Disability Legislation
||Idividuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
||Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and 2008
||School conducts assessment and provides documentation of disability
||Student must provide current documentation of disability by a qualified professional
|School initiates services and sets up meetings
||Student initiates requests for meetings with DR staff and accommodations
||School determine goals and monitors progress of student
||Student sets own goals and monitors progress
||May be modified or reduced
||Will not be modified
||May consist of 1-2 hours per day, much of it done in class
||Student should expect to spend an additional 2-3 hours of study for each hour spent in class
||Minimal outside reading
||Reading-intensive environment; reading requires analytical skills and retention of information
||Determined by broad educational and legal mandates
||Determined by current impact of disability, student request, and essential requirements of the course