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Registering with Disability Services

Post-secondary education differs from earlier levels of education with regard to disability services. At Monmouth and all other colleges and universities, it is the responsibility of the student to inform Disability Services he or she has a disability and to request accommodations and services if needed. A student who has a disability but has not registered with Disability Services is not entitled to services or accommodations.

Some students who received disability related services in high school may decide to try taking their Monmouth courses without any accommodations or services. Disability Services recommends those students, nonetheless, provide documentation of their disability. In this way, Disability Services can easily serve the student if he or she later finds that accommodations are needed. Disability Services maintains the confidentiality of information in accordance with College procedures and the guidelines in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Pending receipt of documentation, registering, and certifying eligibility, Disability Services reserves the right to deny services or accommodations.


In order to be considered an active student registered with Disability Services, you must complete all three of the following steps:

  1. Submit appropriate documentation to Disability Services via mail or in person.
  2. After you have submitted documentation, schedule an intake appointment with Disability Services at 309-457-2257 or
  3. At the appointment, you will sign an accommodation agreement that details the accommodations that will be provided to you.

Notification of Accommodations

The faculty for the semester will receive an e-mail from Disability Services verifying the student's eligibility for accommodations. A student requesting accommodations should also meet with his or her professor within the first few weeks of a course. At this meeting, the student should discuss the type and method of accommodation he or she will need. Disability Services will notify each of the student’s faculty members at the beginning of each semester, each semester they are enrolled at Monmouth College. A student will only need to register with Disability Services once in their Monmouth career, unless they are seeking additional accommodations.

Self Advocacy

As a student registered with Disability Services at Monmouth College, you have a responsibility to self advocate with your professors for your academic accommodations. To learn more about serving as your own self advocate, please check out this handout on self advocacy.