Get Started with the Office of Accessibility Services

Admission

All students, including students with disabilities and veterans, must meet minimum entrance criteria for any academic program at UMUC. There will be nothing in the application for admission asking you to disclose your disability. Your eligibility for services/accommodations from the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) is a separate process and is independent from the Office of Admissions.

Self-Identification

You are responsible for self-identifying with OAS to inform the university about your disability and request academic accommodations. You will only be asked to provide documentation if you request services. Learn more about documentation requirements.

It is in your best interest to contact OAS early to submit the Student Intake Form and documentation. After you submit the Student Intake Form and documentation, OAS will send an e-mail notification acknowledging receipt of your materials.

Accommodation

Unlike high school, at the college level, students must initiate contact with OAS to receive services. The services you receive from OAS might be different from what you received in high school. OAS is not bound by your high school IEP.

The services and accommodations provided through OAS will be based on the documentation of your disability and will help eliminate barriers that may be present. Keep in mind that you will have to advocate for yourself and ask your instructors for the accommodations you need. OAS staff will advise you on this process.

If you have previously attended another college or university and received academic accommodations, you may request your file to be submitted to OAS, or you may submit new documentation. Accommodations may differ slightly at UMUC. The majority of our courses are online, and the duration of courses varies from eight to 12 weeks.

Questions?

Contact OAS as early as possible, particularly if you have questions about what documentation is required for eligibility purposes.

Call 800-888-UMUC (8682), ext. 2287, or e-mail accessibilityservices@umuc.edu.