Aurora University

Getting Started

If you have a qualifying disability and are interested in obtaining an accommodation from the university, please begin the process by registering with the DRO. Individuals with disabilities are not required to register or to self-disclose unless they wish to receive services.

Eligibility for services/accommodations from the DRO is a separate process from university admissions/enrollment. Registration with the DRO has no impact on admission decisions or financial aid; in fact, registration takes place after a student has been admitted to AU.

We recommend that you begin your DRO registration process immediately after you are admitted to the university.

Reasonable accommodations are approved throughout the semester, but are not retroactive. For example, course grades may not be changed, and tests will not be re-administered, based on approval of an accommodation at a later date. You are required to renew accommodations prior to the start of each academic year you desire to have services.

Registration Process

You must self-disclose by submitting a Request to Determine Accommodations form a minimum of three weeks prior to services being required. Your request will be assessed individually, based on relevant circumstances and factors.

Documentation

To establish if you are covered under the ADA, you are required to provide diagnostic documentation from a licensed clinical professional familiar with the history and functional implications of your impairments. Disability documentation must adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and it must clearly substantiate the need for all of your specific accommodation requests.

Professionals providing documentation must have first-hand knowledge of the condition. If you are approved to provide alternative documentation, it must be recent* — within three years — from a qualified licensed treatment provider as the goal is to determine your current ability to function in academic settings. It must include:

  1. Supporting information regarding the disability.
  2. The functional limitations resulting from the disability.
  3. The requested accommodation(s) and services.

If your documentation submission is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, the university has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation when the original records are inadequate is borne by the student.

To verify the condition, severity, and functional limitations, have your health care provider complete the Verification of Disability form. Other documentation can be considered in lieu of this form.

*Recency of documentation may be a factor in determining its relevance in decisions about accommodations. It is in your best interest to provide the DRO with documentation updates as they become available. Additionally, you should update your documentation at least every three years, especially if you plan to request accommodations in other situations (i.e., graduate programs, licensure exams).

Documentation should be uploaded with the Request to Determine Accommodations form.  Alternatively, it can be faxed, emailed, or sent via on-ground mail.

Confidential fax: 630-844-3688
Email: disabilityresources@aurora.edu

Mailing address:
Aurora University - Disability Resource Office
347 S. Gladstone, Aurora, IL 60506

Intake Meeting

After you submit your documentation, you will participate in an interactive meeting with the DRO.

If it has been determined that you are eligible and accommodations have been approved, your current faculty will be notified via email. You will be included in the distribution of this email. It is then your responsibility to meet with your instructors to confirm accommodation arrangements and understand expectations related to the learning outcomes for the class.

Accommodation Renewal

You are responsible to renew your accommodations prior to the start of each academic year. New diagnostic documentation is not required unless you are requesting additional accommodations not supported by current documentation on file. To renew accommodations, you are required to complete the Renewal of Accommodations form.

Confidentiality

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), the DRO is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student is maintained as confidential as required or permitted by law. In addition to fulfilling legal obligations, maintaining a high standard of confidentiality also serves to maintain an environment in which students with disabilities feel respected, safe, supported, and protected. Any information collected is used for the benefit of the student, and will only be shared on a limited need-to-know basis. In certain situations, disclosure of specific information about your condition(s) and how they affect you in a course or program may be required to fulfill accommodation requests or help an instructor understand the connection between the disability and accommodation.