Welcome Faculty and Staff,

DRC (Disability Resource Center) 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 discrimination.

The challenge arises in arranging for prompt and appropriate services to students when DRC does not have a reliable way to make connections with them. The actions identified below will assist DRC to provide better services to more students. No student is REQUIRED to work with DRC unless that student is seeking accommodations related to a disability, and then DRC is assigned the responsibility for development, coordination, implementation and / or delivery of services.

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. DRC 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. If we don't know about the student, we definitely can't help.

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 DRC 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.


Services for Faculty

Educational and Testing Resources

Career and Transition Resources for Students with Visual Impairments

General Information


UMC Office for Students with Disabilities Principles & Policies

University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy on Disability Services

University Policies and Procedures

Operating Principles

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
Exam Modifications
Academic Assistance
Training and Technical Assistance
Attendance/Assignment Deadline Flexibility Accomodations

Disability Conditions and Instructional Strategies

Vision Impairments
Hearing Impairments
Mobility Impairments
Systemic Disabilities
Psychiatric Disabilities
Learning Disabilities
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 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
  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 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.