Students with Disabilities

Students with DisabilitiesMary Baldwin University is sensitive to the needs of students with disabilities who are academically qualified and is committed to providing appropriate support. The university does not waive requirements for degrees or alter admissions requirements for any student, but we make every effort to accommodate students with identified and documented disabilities.

For more information about your rights and responsibilities, you may contact:
Customer Service Team
Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Washington DC 20202-110
800-421-3481; TDD 877-521-2172

Documenting Your Disability

Students need up-to-date documentation of disability — documentation that has been completed within three years of admission to postsecondary school — that consists of evaluation by an appropriate professional and describes the current impact of a disability as it relates to the request for accommodation. Mary Baldwin University does not offer disabilities testing but can provide information on local testing services. Documentation must include these seven elements:

  • Diagnostic statement identifying disability, date of most recent diagnostic evaluation, and date of original diagnosis.
  • Description of diagnostic tests, methods, and/or criteria used.
  • Description of current functional impact of disability, including specific test results and examiner’s narrative interpretation.
  • Treatments, medications, and/or assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.
  • Description of expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time, particularly in next five years.
  • Credentials of diagnosing professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, physician), if not clear from letterhead or forms.
  • Diagnosing professional may not be a family member.

Coordinating Services for Students with Disabilities

Once a student has the necessary documentation, they should contact the disability services coordinator at Mary Baldwin University, Carey Usher, 540-887-7064, for a meeting. At that time, the student should be prepared to present the documentation and complete a confidential memo to define their request for accommodations.

The student will take the memo to their professors to discuss needs. Because all students at Mary Baldwin University receive individual attention, special requests are not usually difficult to manage. The disability services coordinator will help negotiate accommodations as needed.