DigiPen Institute of Technology strives to ensure that all students are provided with an equal opportunity to participate in the college’s programs, courses, and activities. Students requiring special assistance must self-identify to the Disability Support Service coordinator and provide current documentation supporting their disability. Students must assist in identifying the proper accommodations and negotiate these accommodations at the beginning of each semester. As outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, DigiPen will provide reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments as long as provisions do not fundamentally alter the nature of the programs or the academic requirements that are considered essential to the program of study.

Services

DigiPen provides in-class and testing accommodations and services appropriate to the documented disability of the individual student. Some common reasonable accommodations may include:

  • Use of tape recorder for lecture
  • Interpreter
  • Extra time for exams
  • Quiet location for exams
  • Use of computer during exams
  • Study guide or lecture outlines
  • Notification about possible absence
  • Referral to on-campus tutoring and any other available services
  • Referral to community resources

Obtaining Services

  1. Contact the Disability Support Service coordinator and schedule an appointment.
  2. Make your request for accommodation at least ten days prior to the beginning of each semester to allow time for accommodation to be coordinated.
  3. Mail, fax, or bring in current medical documentation of your disability.
  4. Upon verification of your disability, the DSS coordinator will discuss appropriate in-class and alternative testing accommodations with you.
  5. Maintain on-going contact with the DSS coordinator for support throughout your academic career (strongly recommended).

Eligibility for Services

Current documentation from a qualifying professional — such as a physician, clinical psychologist, and psychiatrist — must be provided. The document should indicate that the student meets appropriate criteria of a physical or psychological impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. In an academic setting, the disability must substantially limit the ability to participate equally in activities associated with learning and/or demonstration of specific skills and/or knowledge.

Documentation should include:

  • Date of evaluation
  • Diagnosis of disability
  • Current impact of the disability
  • Recommendations for accommodations
  • Credentials and contact information of the evaluator

Testing Accommodation Process

For testing accommodations, students should sign up with DSS at least one week before the test date to help ensure that space and time are available.

Here is how the process works:

  1. Recognize when a test is approaching.
  2. Request a Proctor Request Form from DSS staff and fill out Part I completely.
  3. Have the instructor fill out Part II of the form completely.
  4. Return the completed form to DSS staff.
  5. Show up on time for the exam.
  6. Bring all necessary materials to the exam.
  7. Once the exam is finished, place the exam in the envelope provided.
  8. Fill out the Proctor/Student Verification form.
  9. Seal the envelope and sign across the seal.

Additional Resources

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DSS Staff and Contact Information

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to contact DSS with any questions at dss[at]digipen.edu

Kay Widmer
Disability Support Services Coordinator
9931 Willows Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Direct: (425) 629-5015