Admitted and currently enrolled UNC Charlotte students who wish to receive accommodations for a disability should submit documentation from their health care provider using the Office of Disability Services Documentation Form. Most disabilities will require you to submit our 2-page documentation form, completed by your treating provider. Some disabilities may require additional information. Documentation for learning disabilities will require that you submit your most recent full-scale psycho-educational evalution for our review.
Completed documentation should include the student's UNC Charlotte student ID number on the documentation form or at the top of your psycho-educational evaluation. Not including your UNC Charlotte student ID number on your documentation can delay the review process.
Once the information is received in the Office of Disability Services, a DS counselor reviews the documentation and determines eligibility. A determination letter is sent to the student via his or her UNC Charlotte email, which outlines the student's eligibility status and the next steps in the process.
If eligible for accommodations, the student can schedule a registration appointment with a DS counselor. During the registration appointment, the DS counselor addresses the functional impact of their disability, the student’s rights and responsibilities, and the University grievance process. The student and DS counselor identify reasonable and appropriate accommodations to mediate the impact of the disability, and this remains a collaborative process throughout the student's time at UNC Charlotte. For more information about accommodations, visit the Accommodations page.
In the event that a student’s documentation does not meet the guidelines for documenting a disability, the determination letter will detail this decision.
Students are often surprised to learn the difference in the level of student responsibility between high school and college. As Disability Services transitions to our new online system, DS Portal, and paper forms will not be used. These Helpful Hints can keep you on track:
Check-In Appointments: You must schedule a Check-In appointment in order to gain access to the DS Portal and continue your accommodations.
Accommodation Letters: In the online system, returning students who have already registered with Disability Services will use the DS Portal to send their accommodation letters to their professors electronically. Students are still responsible for meeting with their professors once they have sent their accommodation letters in order to discuss their accommodations. For 100% online classes, students should follow up with their instructors by email.
Testing Accommodations (if applicable): Students who qualify for testing accommodations will use the online system, DS Student Portal, to schedule their tests. Students are responsible for scheduling their tests. Your professors will be notified by the online system when you submit your test or final exam request. Professors must approve the test request before the student can test in DS.
Concerns or Changes: If your needs change or you have concerns related to your accommodations, notify your DS counselor as soon as possible. If the situation is complex, schedule an "Advisement" appointment to get further assistance.
Campus Resources: Remember to utilize other campus supports! A list of campus resources is included in the Student Handbook that was emailed to you after your Registration appointment.