Access & Accommodations
Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ is designed to answer the common questions that families have about what they and their current or future college student can expect, what accommodations are available, and strategies students with disabilities can use to have a successful and rewarding college experience. While some of the information in this FAQ is specific to processes and procedures at Methodist University, much of the information provided here is more general and applies to most colleges and universities. In this FAQ, we use the gender-neutral “they/them” pronouns so that our language is applicable and relevant for all students, regardless of gender identity.
Frequently Asked Questions
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We help students with disabilities obtain reasonable accommodations to provide equal access and opportunities in their academic courses, degree programs and related support services. Appropriate services are determined on an individualized basis and may include housing or dining accommodations, classroom access, testing accommodations, accessible textbooks, assistive technology and other services based on disability-related need.
There are some accommodations that may remain the same but a 504 or IEP does not automatically transfer to your university. Students must register with the Student Access & Accommodations Office and complete an intake to determine reasonable accommodations based on how their diagnosis impacts them. Accommodations are tools that students use to ensure equal access to education. Modifications (such as the ability to retake a test if below a certain grade, a shortened exam, or reduction in assignments) are NOT accommodations and are not granted at the University level. Students with accommodations must meet the same academic, technical, professional requirements and standards as all other students.
A disability is any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such a person’s major life activities. Some examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to:
- Mental health conditions – Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD
- Cognitive/Learning Disorders – ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism
- Chronic Medical – Diabetes, Chron’s Disease, Lupus, Chronic Migraines
- Sensory – Hearing Loss, Vision Loss
- Neurological/Mobility – Brain Injury, Seizure Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis
Accommodation differs between K-12 and post-secondary. One of the biggest differences between K-12 and post-secondary is modifications. At the K-12 level, modification can mean anything from retaking exam if the student scores below a specific score or have less questions on their exams than the other students. Post-secondary does not do modifications. Students with disabilities are required to do what all other students in that class/program/degree are required to do. They use their accommodations to accomplish that. Not all institutions use the same method to meet an accommodation. One example is note taking. Most institutions do not use people to take notes for students. In fact, that method is the least effective. Students could use software on their laptops or a recording device. The student will receive reasonable accommodations they are eligible for. Most important, the accommodations a student uses at Methodist will transfer to their field of work.
No. Any information about student accommodations is stored securely within Student Access & Accommodations Office. Students are in control of requesting their accommodation letters each semester and those letters listing the accommodations are only sent to the professor of record for each course the student chooses to use their accommodations for. Students’ diagnoses are never shared outside of the SAAS office, and all student documentation is protected under both HIPAA and FERPA laws.
- North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Job Accommodation Network
- Transportation Resources by County
- National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
- A Guide for Students with Physical Disabilities
- Autism and the College Experience
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Grassroots National Mental Health Organization