Disability Services

Students seeking disability services at Doane University:

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), 1990, state that “no otherwise qualified disabled individual in the United States...shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance.”

All Doane programs are accessible to students with disabilities. For buildings or portions of buildings that are not easily accessible, Doane will help reschedule classes to accessible sites or take other steps to open programs to any student with mobility impairments.

Students interested in services related to a disability should notify the college of any special circumstances that would affect their ability to compete equally in the college environment. To assist the college in providing services, documentation of such disabilities must be provided by qualified professionals upon request.

Accommodation Procedures Documentation of Disability

To be eligible for disability-related services, an individual* must have a documented disabling condition as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 1990. Disabilities served include physical and mental impairments that may include but are not limited to vision, hearing, mobility, learning, systemic, psychiatric, and brain injury. Doane University requires documentation from an appropriate, licensed professional to certify individuals as having a disability. The cost of obtaining documentation will be borne by the individual. If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of disability and appropriate accommodations, Doane University will have the discretion to require supplemental assessment of disability. The cost of the supplemental assessment shall also be borne by the individual. Pending receipt of documentation, Doane University reserves the right to deny services or accommodations.

Please contact Doane prior to beginning classes so your needs can be anticipated, reviewed and accommodated.  The Disabilities Services Coordinator is Tracey L. Wyatt, Ph.D. tracey.wyatt@doane.edu 

Available Disability Services

  • Accommodations for academic success - These are often tied to high school Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans.
  • Peer Tutoring: Students may request a peer tutor for most courses offered at Doane. Upper class tutors have been recommended by the faculty, have done well in the specific course(s) for which they tutor and have received training to enhance their tutoring skills. Tutors clarify concepts, suggest ways to organize class notes and help students prepare for exams. Some tutors also offer group test review sessions before major exams in selected courses. 
  • Individual Writing Assistance: The writing specialist and tutors are available to help students organize and revise writing assignments and application essays for graduate/professional school. The writing lab in the Academic Success Center is equipped with PCs, word processing software and a laser printer. Students may drop in or make appointments with the writing specialist.
  • Close Monitoring/Academic Counseling: These weekly sessions assist students in establishing realistic grade goals and monitoring their progress in reaching those goals. The ASC staff works with students to improve their study habits, time management and exam preparation skills.
  • Exam Analysis: Students who seek to improve their performance on course exams may request an exam analysis. This tool enables students to clearly see why errors were made and to develop a study plan for the next test.
  • Preparation for Graduate/Professional School Entry Exams: The ASC staff conducts workshops to train students who are preparing for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Individual or small-group tutorial sessions are offered to students who are preparing to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or the CMEE, for entry into the teacher education program. Study guides are available for the GRE, PPST, CMEE, LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

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