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Accomodations and Services Available Through DSS
- Admissions and registration assistance
- Advice and advocacy
- Adaptive technology - See Appendix A for a listing of adaptive technology and text telephone locations.
- Information about adaptive equipment and technology, scholarships, and disability resources and organizations
- Liaison with state and federal agencies
- Note taking assistance - Note taking is an accommodation that allows a student with a qualifying disability to acquire lecture notes from a classmate who volunteers to provide assistance. A student may need note taking assistance because of a cognitive or a physical impairment. Although some students, due to physical impairments, will be unable to take their own notes, most who receive note taking assistance are encouraged to take their own notes as well. See Appendix A for full procedure and policy information if a DSS staff member has approved this accommodation for you.
- Priority registration - This service assures accessible classrooms and appropriate scheduling for students with verified need. Continuing students who are approved for priority registration are allowed to register for classes during the first few days of the registration period.
- Remote closed captioning - Remote closed captioning refers to using a microphone and computer modem to send lectures, via a phone line, to a captionist (usually a court reporter) at a remote site. The captionist transmits the text of the lecture real-time back to a computer in the classroom. This service is available to those deaf and hard of hearing students who are unable to benefit from the use of a personal listening device (FM unit) or a sign-language interpreter. In order to provide MSU with enough time to make necessary arrangements, a student who requires remote captioning must notify DSS at least two months before service is to begin.
- Sign language interpreters - Deaf and Hard of hearing students who require sign language interpreting will be provided with appropriate interpreter services. However, as MSU-Bozeman has a very small population of students requiring interpreter services, interpreters are hired on an as-needed basis. Students requiring interpreter services should, therefore, notify Disabled Student Services of their need at least four months before beginning classes at MSU. This will provide enough lead time to assure that services are in place on the first day of classes. Also, if an interpreter is needed for on-campus meetings (e.g., a campus visit or Freshman Orientation) before classes begin, DSS should be notified well in advance. See Appendix A for full procedure and policy information if a DSS staff member has approved this accommodation for you.
- Service dog on campus - Although dogs are not typically permitted to enter campus buildings, exceptions are made for trained service animals. Some service animals are easily recognized by the special harness they wear; however, a service dog on a standard leash is often difficult to distinguish from a pet. To avoid difficulty with campus personnel, it is recommended, therefore, that service dogs, particularly those on a standard leash, wear an identifying apron while in campus buildings. While pets are not allowed in Family and Graduate Housing apartments, trained service animals may be kept in apartments by persons with qualifying disabilities. To acquire permission to keep a service animal in Family and Graduate Housing, the owner must request that his/her disability be verified by Disabled Student Services (see Appendix B for documentation guidelines), and he/she must provide DSS with verification that the service animal has been appropriately trained to provide the services required.
- Accessible textbooks - Students with print disabilities may require alternatively formatted texts. This may include electronic versions of the requested text in Word or PDF formats that can be read aloud by a screen reader, audio files that can be downloaded to an MP3 player, and books on tape. See Appendix A for full procedure and policy information if a DSS staff member has approved this accommodation for you.
- Testing accommodations - Testing accommodations (i.e. oral, extended time, use of scribes, assistive devices, etc.) are provided for qualified students. See Appendix A for full procedure and policy information if a DSS staff member has approved this accommodation for you.
- Other specific services are provided in response to individual needs. See Appendix A for additional policies and procedures.