In order to meet its legal responsibilities for the admission and accommodation of students with various disabilities, the UMass Lowell established the following policy:
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a Title I, Affirmative Action institution and complies with requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008. Applicants for admission are not required to identify themselves as having a disability at the time of application. If an applicant does voluntarily identify him/herself as a person with a disability as part of the application process, this information is not considered in evaluating the application. In order to provide properly for any required services/accommodations, the University does request timely notification of any disability.
In addition to services available to all students, the following procedures shall be explicitly permitted as needed for students identified under this policy: nonstandard test administration, use of audio recorders, note-takers, interpreters, or other learning assistance in class, and permission to be enrolled in less than 12 credits each semester. These will be allowed in a way that is neither demeaning to the student nor disruptive to the classroom environment.
For physically disabled students, one or more of the following accommodations can be made, as determined by need: rescheduling of classes into disabled-accessible classrooms, preferential registration to ensure early notification of text files so these can be brailled or made into acceptable format, handicapped parking, readers/scribes, the use of personal care attendants (PCAs), inter-campus transportation, adaptations to lab tables and preferential room assignments in Residence Halls.
Requests for any other accommodations or services will be considered on a case by case basis.
The following statement shall be printed in materials such as promotional brochures, prepared for and distributed to prospective undergraduate and graduate students by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Graduate Admissions, and/or on the websites of these offices:
All applicants for admission to the University who have a disability (physical, learning or psychiatric) and who may be in need of those specialized accommodations and services that the University is able to provide are requested to identify their disability in a timely manner (either at the time of their application for admission or immediately after receiving an offer of admission from the University) in order that their specific needs may be determined and that the services which can be provided by the University may be discussed with them. A copy of the University’s Policy for Students With Disabilities is available on request from the Office of Admissions or Disability Services. Prospective students who wish to discuss issues related to a disability prior to admission are encouraged to speak with Student Disability Services at 978-934-4574.
The staff of Disability Services act as liaisons between students with disability and their faculty members. If a faculty member has a concern regarding classroom or teaching accommodations, he or she is urged to discuss the concern with Student Disability Services staff immediately. Student Disability Services staff will review the concern against the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act to determine whether and how the concern might be resolved.
For more information on the University's obligations regarding provision on reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities:
The staff of Disability Services acts as liaisons between students with disability and their faculty members. If a faculty member has a concern regarding classroom or teaching accommodations, he or she is urged to discuss the concern with Disability Services staff immediately. Disability Services staff will review the concern against the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act to determine whether and how the concern might be resolved.
If you do not believe that your needs are being adequately or appropriately met, you are encouraged to meet with a representative form Student Disability Services. They will work with you on a case-by-case basis to attempt to resolve your concerns when feasible within the limits established by law for the provision of reasonable accommodations. If you have a concern or complaint that your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have not been met, you may contact: Section 504/ADA Coordinators: Clara I. Orlando, Director, Equal Opportunity and Outreach, 978-934-3565 Deputy 504/ADA Coordinator Donna Vieweg, Sr. EOO Employment Specialist, 978-934-3566. Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Outreach, Wannalancit 3rd Floor, 600 Suffolk Street, Lowell, MA 01854
Please read the: Reasonable Accommodations (pdf) document.
Academic accommodations for students at UMass Lowell are services or resources that provide equal access to a post-secondary student with a disability by reducing the negative impact of the disability. Remediation is not a form of accommodation. Remediation is support or instruction in skills not acquired earlier in the educational process, and is not offered through this office. Students seeking remediation or tutoring should contact the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS).
Reasonable academic accommodations are determined on an individual basis. A qualified Student Disability Services staff member meets with a student requesting an accommodation and reviews the information provided by diagnosing professional(s). That information should include a diagnosis, associated functional limitations, and, if possible, recommended accommodation(s). The staff member considers this information in the light of the scope and limitations listed below, consulting with faculty members when appropriate, and then determines which if any accommodations to provide. If insufficient information is provided from diagnosing professional(s), a request for accommodation may not be provided. If the Disability Services staff member does not find appropriate evidence on which to base decisions concerning accommodations for a student with a disability, the student may be referred for additional assessment (e.g. tests of intelligence, cognition/information processing, and academic achievement).
Scope and Limitations
If you do not believe that your needs are being adequately or appropriately met, you are encouraged to meet with Director of Student Disability Services. She will work with you on a case-by-case basis to attempt to resolve your concerns when feasible within the limits established by law for the provision of reasonable accommodations.
If you have a concern or complaint that your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have not been met, you may contact: Section 504/ADA Coordinators:
Clara I. Orlando, Director, Equal Opportunity and Outreach
Deputy 504/ADA Coordinator
You have a right to file a formal complaint at anytime with these agencies
The University is committed to compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title I and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Executive Order 11246 (1965), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149, all as amended. Inquiries regarding federal laws may be directed to:
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Phone: (617) 289-0111
TTY: (800) 877-8339
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Phone: (800) 669-4000
TTY: (800) 669-6820
Inquiries regarding state laws may be directed to:
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
436 Dwight Street, Room 220
Springfield, MA 01103.
Phone: (413) 739-2145