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Disability Resource Center

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  • Facts for Faculty

    Student Profile

    The vast majority of the students registered with the DRC have invisible disabilities meaning they have no obvious signs indicating their accommodation needs.


    Students who register with DRC must provide documentation of their disability. The documentation must provide not only a diagnosis but also address the functional limitations imposed by the disability. The cost of obtaining documentation is the responsibility of the student. 

    Accommodation Letters (AL)

    Students are required to present an AL to you within the first week of class or within one week of receiving the AL. The AL will outline their approved accommodations. Accommodations are determined based on a review of disability documentation and an interview with the student. We strongly encourage our DRC students to make an appointment to visit with you during your office hours to discuss his/her accommodation needs. Please be advised the student is under no obligation to discuss his/her disability with you nor should you question the student. Your obligation is to discuss how the accommodations will be implemented. The AL is strictly confidential. Please do not share with others and keep it in a safe place

    Services Provided to Faculty

    One of the most important services we offer is consultation to you the faculty member. Our role is to ensure our university meets its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. If you have particular questions or concerns about an accommodation or if you believe an accommodation will fundamentally alter the course, please call. 

    Test Proctoring

    We prefer to have DRC students take their quizzes and exams in your department whenever possible but we realize due to scheduling or the student’s accommodation needs that it is not always possible. However, it is important for you to know it is your decision where the student will take his/her exams. If a student qualifies for exam accommodations, they should discuss their exam needs with you when they present their AL to you. If you want the student to take exams at the DRC, please inform the student of your decision. It then becomes the responsibility of the DRC student to register to take the exams at DRC. Please note, any student caught cheating will be referred to the Director of Student Conduct & Resolution for adjudication.

    Note Taking

    Many students qualify for note takers. Having a note taker is not an excuse for not attending class. We ask the DRC student to discuss their note taking needs with you when he/she presents the AL. If you post your notes on-line, the student likely will not need a note taker. If you and the DRC student determine a note taker is needed, we will ask the student to give you a Note Taker Recruitment Memo to read in class to recruit a volunteer note taker. Do not state the DRC student’s name when you read the request. Once a volunteer comes forward, please give the Note Taker Recruitment Memo to the volunteer and send him/her to the DRC in Frick 154 to get registered. Upon successful completion of duties, the volunteer's name will be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 gift certificates to the MSUM Bookstore.

    How You Can Help Students in Your Classes

    The Disability Resource Center recommends that all University faculty use the following statement on their course syllabi to inform students of the faculty member’s willingness to provide accommodations.

    "Minnesota State University Moorhead is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange accommodations.

    • If you have, or think you may have, a disability (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory or physical) please contact the DRC at (218) 477-4318 (V) or (800)627.3529 (MRS/TTY) to schedule an appointment for an intake.
    • Additional information is available on the DRC website:
    • If you are registered with the DRC and have a current Accommodation Letter, please schedule an appointment to visit with me, during my office hours, to discuss implementation of your accommodations."


    Utilize Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) concepts in your classes. More information regarding UDI is available at the following web sites:

    Thank you for your assistance and for providing an equal opportunity for students with disabilities to be successful at MSU Moorhead.