Resources for Disabled Students

Information for Students

Students with certain types of disabilities may be interested in particular details about the campus.  The links on the left will provide additional information about what to expect at CSU if a student has a disability that affects the ability: to move from place to place, to see or hear, or to learn.  In addition, we've collected information for students who have conditions that may affect them emotionally or psychologically or who have other health related conditions that may impact a student life in other ways.  The following information is for any student ....

... With Any Type of Disability

In general, students with any disability will be provided access to all university sponsored programs and activities for which they are academically, or otherwise, qualified.  Regardless of the type of disability, a student  must meet the fundamental requirements of a program or activity, including courses.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to effectively access.  However, the provision of accommodations should not fundamentally alter the nature of the program, activity or course.  

Some courses require attendance which is often factored into the final grade.  Students are expected to meet attendance requirements as part of the fundamental nature of a course.  While some flexibility may be negotiated with individual instructors because of the effects of a disability, there is no guarantee flexibility will be appropriate for any type of course.

The provision of any accommodation must be initiated by the student.  In other words, the university will not know an accommodation is needed until a student tells the university the accommodation is needed.  Requests for accommodations are made through RDS.  Verification of a student's eligibility for an accommodation is based on evidence, including documentation, that a student has a disability that impacts a major life activity.  Students are expected to be self-advocates in terms of meeting their needs as students.  For more information on self-advocacy, visit the Access Project.

Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same criteria as any other student in both the admissions process as well as meet the university requirements for graduation.  Substitution for courses may be allowed to meet specific requirements; waivers for meeting essential criteria, however, are normally not considered  appropriate accommodations.  

Students should be prepared to develop competencies in written and oral communication, mathematics, logical and critical thinking through the All-University Core Curriculum. Foundations and perspectives in the sciences, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, history, global and cultural awareness, U.S. public values and institutions, and health and wellness are also part of this curriculum. The requirements of the Core Curriculum and a student's major are combined requirements for graduation from CSU. 

While some classes may present hands-on learning opportunities, many of the academic programs offered by CSU are theory-based. A student can expect a learning environment that is dependent not only on lectures and textbooks but also on self-initiative since a student is expected to be responsible for his/her own learning process.

The method to demonstrate mastery of knowledge is commonly at the discretion of instructors. While some courses require this demonstration through papers and projects, students are more likely required to illustrate how much they know through exams.  Although some instructors may factor student effort into determining final grades, passing a course is dependent upon how well a student can demonstrate that the material was learned.  Because exams are usually the method used to measure mastery of knowledge, reasonable accommodations for exams may include extra time, a reader, scribe or assistive technology, all available through RDS.

The majority of faculty are more than willing to meet with individual students to enhance the task of mastering course content. However, it is expected that students are primarily responsible for their own learning process.  Students are encouraged to seek out resources that may enhance their study skills and/or supplement their classroom instruction (e.g., tutoring).

A grade point average (GPA) is calculated as a ratio of the cumulative number of credits a student has and the cumulative quality points from each letter grade received (for example, A=4 quality points, B=3 quality point, etc.).  Students who maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or above are considered in good standing with the university. Students who fall below a 2.0 cumulative GPA will be placed on probation.  Students then have 2 semesters in which to raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or better.  At the end of two semesters, if a student's cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0, he/she will be dismissed from the university. (Petitions for exceptions are possible.)  Decisions regarding dismissal are made through the Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA).


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