Welcome Faculty and Staff,
OSD (Office for Students with Disabilities) needs your help!
The University of Minnesota Crookston campus community, including our
on-line campus community is busy welcoming new and returning students
to our programs and services. Some of these students also have
disability issues, but may not be fully aware of campus resources
available to assist and support. Privacy laws prohibit any 'flagging'
of applications or transcripts from these students. For the most part,
this is a good thing because we all want our individual privacy
protected and none of us benefits from intentional or unintentional
The challenge arises in arranging for prompt and appropriate services
to students when OSD does not have a reliable way to make connections
with them. The actions identified below will assist OSD to provide
better services to more students. No student is REQUIRED to work with
OSD unless that student is seeking accommodations related to a
disability, and then OSD is assigned the responsibility for
development, coordination, implementation and / or delivery of
Advisers, faculty, coaches or staff from any area might have a student
disclose a disability issue to them in the course of a conversation or
even as a part of an assignment. If this happens, please follow-up
with the student and inquire if the student has recently worked with
this office. Better yet, If the student is on campus walk that student
over for an introduction. OSD is located in the Academic Assistance
Center in 270 Owen Hall. If the student is a part of our on-line
community, please share an email with any available information so
that we can contact the student and initiate a conversation. Either
Linnea Barton or I could meet or visit with the student about OSD
services. If we don't know about the student, we definitely can't
Disability concerns fall into a number of obvious and not so obvious
categories such as: vision, hearing, learning disabilities,
attentional disorders, emotional or psychiatric concerns, chronic
health issues, pervasive developmental disorders, mobility
impairments, dietary disorders, histories of addiction, traumatic
brain injuries, processing disorders and so forth. Another reality
related to disabilities is that a student's personal, social or
academic experience can vary substantially from one term to another
and could require different kinds of services. Students are urged to
bring their questions and concerns to OSD for review. We respect the
experiences and knowledge that students bring to these discussions and
work closely with them to develop accommodation plans that meet their
needs and maintain the integrity of the academic programs.
Faculty or staff with accommodation needs or questions are urged to
notify UMC's Human Resources Office.
Thanks to everyone for your continued efforts to create a positive
living and learning environment for all of our students.
University Policies and Procedures
Rights and Responsibilities
Confidentiality and Release of Information
Centralizing Disability-Related Documents
Office for Students with Disabilities
Certifying Eligibility for Services
Determining Reasonable Accommodations
Common Academic Accommodations
Obtaining Academic Accommodations
Sign Language Interpreting
Assistance Listening Devices and Captioned Videos
Document Conversion (alternative print formats)
Assistance Computer Technology
Training and Technical Assistance
Attendance/Assignment Deadline Flexibility Accomodations
Disability Conditions and Instructional Strategies
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Traumatic Brain Injury
Information and Referral
Equal Opportunity Statement
Disability Access Statements
Grievances / Student Concerns and Complaints
Grievances involving an accommodation for a disability, or alleged discrimination related to a disability should first be brought by the student to the attention of the Coordinator of the Office for Students with Disabilities. Concerns may include, but are not limited to, the provision of individual accommodations as identified in the accommodation plan, a needed adjustment to the plan, the frequency of the provision of identified services, use of assistive technology, or the quantity of the service provided. Concerns are generally resolved at this level. The Coordinator of the Office for Students with Disabilities may also assist the student to resolve concerns associated with a specific course, instructor, or other campus staffperson or department.
If the concern brought by the student is not related to a disability issue, the student should follow the Informal Grievance Procedure as outlined under Student Grievance Procedures.
If the issue is not resolved in consultation with the Coordinator, the following procedure should be used:
1. Notify the Coordinator via campus email that the concern has not been resolved to the student’s satisfaction. Reopen discussion to determine if additional options exist.
2. If options for resolution have been exhausted as designated by the Coordinator, the student should email the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Phaiah@umn.edu and request a conference.
3. The student should meet with the Associate VC and discuss the concern and identify the desired resolution.
4. The Associate VC will meet with the Coordinator and should respond in a timely way to the student regarding the decision. A conference may be held with the VC, the student and the Coordinator.
5. If resolution is not reached, the student may request a meeting via email to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at TBaldwin@umn.edu
6. A conference may be scheduled among all parties involved. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs should respond in a timely way to the student.
7. If resolution is not reached, the student may request a meeting with Chancellor Wood via email at email@example.com. The Chancellor will respond in a timely way to the student. The decision of the Chancellor is final.
8. If the student does not agree with the decision, the student is encouraged to contact the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Office for Students
with Disabilities (OSD)
Academic Success Center
270B Owen Hall
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716
8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
and by appointment
270F Owen Hall
Writing Center Coordinator
OSD Technology Specialist
Alternate Summer Contact:
Associate Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs