Disability Support Services (DSS)
Please note: For new fall semester students, May 1st is the recommended date by which to apply for services. Due to housing sign-up timelines, it is imperative to keep the MAY 1st deadline in mind for housing accommodation requests.
Ongoing review for accommodations goes on throughout the academic year -- please keep in mind that this process is interactive and may take time.
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#1: Obtain Documentation From Provider(s):
In order for a student to be eligible for reasonable accommodations at the Colorado School of Mines, documentation must both establish a current disability and provide adequate information describing functional limitations in one or more major life activity.
Documentation must relate limited function to CSM structure of courses, laboratories, field courses, testing methods, program requirements, or housing options. Documentation must enable Disability Support Services to identify effective accommodations for a student to equitably access the campus environment. Documentation guidelines are detailed below, please choose appropriately...
#2: Request for Reasonable Accommodations Form:
Please complete the following form: FORM HYPERLINKED HERE
Please fill out the form, save, and email back to DSS from your Mines email address. Or, print and send with documentation.
#3: Submit Disability Support Services at Mines:
Submit via mail to the following address:
W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center
Attn: Disability Support Services
1770 Elm Street
Golden, CO 80401
Or, submit via the following modes:
#4: Please Allow up to Two Weeks for Review of Documentation:
DSS will communicate via Mines email account, and copy other email addresses, as appropriate. If, after two weeks, you've not heard from Disability Support Services or a request has changed, please reach out and contact us.
To request this information in alternative format, please contact us.
- In order to receive consideration for accommodations under the ADA Amendments Act (2008) and Federal Rehabilitation Act, documentation should demonstrate a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity.
- "Substantially limits" refers to an impairment that prevents an individual from performing a major life activity or significantly restricts the condition, manner, or duration under which the average person in the general population can perform the same major life activity.
- Note: Accommodations received in high school or at another university do not guarantee eligibility or like accommodations at the Colorado School of Mines. All requests will undergo the DSS review process.
- A "reasonable accommodation" modifies the environment or a task in order to provide equitable access to a program or activity in the most feasible manner available.
- Reasonable accommodations are both disability and person-dependent. Hence, they may vary from person to person for the same "type" of disability. The term "reasonable" refers to the match of the accommodation, including professional justification, to the limitation caused by a particular disability to a specific student.
- Also, "reasonable" includes the resources required to provide an accommodation. A request for accommodation is deemed reasonable if it:
- Is based on appropriate individual documentation;
- Allows the most integrated educational experience possible without compromising essential requirements of a course or program;
- Is not of a personal nature (e.g., personal care attendants);
- Does not impose an undue burden on the University;
- Does not pose a threat to personal or public safety.
Transition from High School to College:
- The objective of accommodations at the post-secondary level is to provide “access.” This may differ from the approach experienced in K-12 education, which may focus more on "success".
- More information here
- Communication regarding the continuation of accommodations will take place between DSS and the student. If accommodations are needed for field and/or summer sessions, please notify DSS before the end of the spring semester.
- To discuss the possibility of receiving accommodations not originally requested, the student must contact DSS. Additional documentation may be required.
Housing and other Non-Academic Accommodations:
- Requests for non-academic accommodations such as specific housing also require submission of the Request for Reasonable Accommodations form and appropriate disability documentation (see above). Additionally, the student must follow the Residence Life protocol to secure housing, as noted on their website, or the protocol of whichever department is involved in the non-academic accommodation request.
To File a Grievance or Appeal:
- A grievance or appeal may be submitted in writing to: Dean of Students, Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Student Center 218, Golden, CO 80401.
- Following receipt of the complaint, the Dean of Students will be in prompt communication regarding the review process.