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Students FAQ

  • I am a prospective student. May I meet with someone from your office during a visit to campus?

    We would be happy to meet with you during your visit to the University. Please coordinate this by calling our office 978-934-4574 or disability@uml.edu and setting up a prospective student meeting. Know that during this meeting we will not be able to specify accommodations that will be provided to you until you have formerly accepted attendance to the University and have registered with our office.

  • How do I register with the Office of Disability Services?

    In order to register with our office, accepted students must submit proper documentation to Disability Services. Once documentation is reviewed and approved students must then setup an intake with a Disability Service staff member to create an accommodation plan.

  • What kind of documentation do I need?

    Documentation should validate the need for accommodation based on an individual's current level of functioning. Please visit our required documentation page for further details.

  • Can my parents/guardians be involved in the process?

    We encourage families to participate in the registration process but ultimately it is your decision and we expect you to take initiative in the process. Additionally, a Permission to Release Information (FERPA Release) form (pdf) is available at our office/on our website which would allow us to speak with your parents/guardians about your accommodations and to be able to respond to specific questions that they may have.

  • How will you determine if my condition meets the definition of a disability that is used in college?

    In order to register with our office you must submit required documentation and once approved, you will need to setup an intake time to review needs and create an accommodation plan. Please visit our required documentation page for further details.

  • Should I self-identify that I have a disability during the admission process?

    Disclosing your disability during the admission process is voluntary and is a separate process from requesting accommodations. The University of Massachusetts Lowell will not discriminate against you due to your status as a disabled individual.

  • If I register with Student Disability Services, will it show up on my academic record?

    No, registering with our office is a confidential process.

  • Is my disability information shared with my professors?

    No. It is your decision whether or not to inform each professor about your disability during your meeting with each professor. Know that your accommodation letter is limited to discussing the accommodations for which you are qualified and does not contain information regarding your specific condition.

  • I had a 504 plan in high school. Will it transfer to the University of Massachusetts Lowell?

    No, it will not. Services received during K-12 are covered under different legislation than those received during college. A 504 plan is useful in terms of highlighting what has been helpful to a student in the past, but the range of accommodations and services available in college may differ. Accommodations are determined using an interactive process during the intake meeting.

  • If I have received accommodations at a different college or University, will I automatically receive the same accommodations at the University of Massachusetts Lowell?

    No. Documentation review decisions are made independently at different institutions. However you can submit a letter from a prior institution to provide a basis of needs. Accommodations are determined using an interactive process during the intake meeting.

  • If I am a student with a disability attending the University of Massachusetts Lowell, will my advisor and instructors seek me out to make sure I am provided services?

    No. You must self-identify and register as an individual with a disability to receive services from our office. Each semester you must complete your Faculty Notification Form and submit it to our office to request accommodations letters for each class. Then you must present the form to the instructor to obtain accommodations.

  • How do I access my accommodations?

    Each semester students are required to complete a Faculty Notification Form that is submitted to Disability Services. Once the form is received and processed, letters are then created for students to pick up and deliver to each professor. Letters must be reviewed by both faculty and the student, together, in order to arrange the implementation of the accommodations listed.

  • What if I need a change in my accommodations?

    To make a change in an accommodation plan students must set up a meeting to review accommodations, as changes must be approved by a Disability Services Office staff member.

  • If I fail an exam and I request accommodations after the fact, what can be done?

    Nothing. Accommodation requests are not retroactive but can be provided moving forward.

  • Do I need to register with the Disability Services Office every semester?

    No. Unless notified, you do not have to register with Disability Services again once you have been approved.

  • Should I tell my academic advisor about my disability?

    That is your choice. For example, if reading is difficult for you, it might be helpful to tell your academic advisor about this so they avoid suggesting a number of reading intensive courses during the same semester.

  • Does your office provide tutoring?

    No. However, we do refer students to the Centers for Learning for tutoring services.

  • I have a temporary disability, can you help me?

    Yes, please contact our office at 978-934-4575 or disability@uml.edu to inform us as soon as possible.

  • What is the process for obtaining housing accommodations?

    You will need to submit the housing requests for medical reasons form (pdf), located on the Residence Life website. Once completed, this form can be turned in to the Wellness Center, located on the third floor of University Crossing. A committee will then review the request and consult with the health care provider if necessary. Once a decision has been made regarding the housing status the Wellness Center and/or Office of Residence Life will contact the student to inform him/her.

  • What kind of Assistive Technology (AT) supports does your office offers?

    The following are some of the AT services we provide:
    Kurzweil, Smartpen, SensusAccess, Jaws, Dragon, FM system.

    If you have specific questions pertaining to AT please contact our office at 978-934-4574 or disability@uml.edu.

  • How do I use Kurzweil?

    We are happy to provide training sessions to students who are new to using the Kurzweil software. To schedule a training session, please contact our office at 978-934-4574 or disability@uml.edu.

  • When will I know when my books/readings are ready to be accessed?

    An email will be sent out notifying each student when the requested text has been uploaded or if proof of payment is needed before the text can be uploaded.

  • What counts as proof of payment for my books?

    A receipt or an online order confirmation counts as proof of payment. This picture/file can be added as an attachment with the alternative format request form (pdf).

  • What is the role of SDS in providing Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services?

    SDS works with hard-of-hearing and deaf students on a case-by-case basis to ensure they receive all reasonable academic-related accommodations necessary. Certain accommodations may include notetaking services, sign language interpreters, speech-to-text services, or amplification systems.

  • Additional Information

    Please contact the Disability Services office, at 978-934-4574 or visit University Crossings, Suite 300.

    *These FAQ were adapted from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.