Students with Diagnosed Disabilities
Georgetown University in Qatar is committed to providing academic support for all students and to integrating students with disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of university life. The Office of Academic Services (OAS) fulfills this mission by providing the following.
- Support services to help ensure equal opportunity for students with special needs and disabilities.
- Academic accommodation for Students with diagnosed disabilities under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Assistance in skill areas necessary for academic achievement.
Definition of a Disability
A disability is defined as "any mental or physical condition that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities" (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). These may include: physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, neurological impairments such as learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or chronic health problems. Examples of major life activities include such functions as breathing, seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, learning, working, performing manual tasks, and self-care.
Types of Disabilities
Some disabilities that may require accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Blindness/visual impairment
- Cerebral Palsy
- Deafness/hearing impairment
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Orthopedic/mobility impairment
- Psychiatric disability
- Specific learning disability
- Speech/language impairment
Procedure for Receiving Academic Accommodations
Students who been diagnosed with a disability or medical condition by their physician should bring documentation to the Student Wellness and Counseling Center (located on the 1st floor). Documents submitted by the student will be reviewed by the appropriate university personnel, and the university will determine if accommodations are appropriate and determine reasonable accommodations by completing the following steps:
- Review of all documentation to determine whether the student is eligible to receive accommodation services based on the documented disability.
- If the university determines that an accommodation is appropriate, a counselor from the Student Wellness Counseling Center will arrange a meeting with the student to determine appropriate services and accommodations.
- The student is responsible for notifying the Associate Director of Academic Services that they require an accommodation.
- The Associate Director will schedule time with the student to discuss policies and procedures and in most cases, the student will be given a letter describing the nature of the services/accommodations he/she will receive as a result of the disability.
- The student will complete and sign a release of information form to give permission to the Office of Academic Services to share, as necessary, information about the student's disability with the university personnel, such as academic deans and faculty, who will be involved in providing the accommodation to the student.
- The student is then responsible for speaking with his/her professors to discuss their needs and accommodation. The student should give the letter from OAS that verifies the student's disability and the recommended accommodations to the faculty member, and return the signed copy to OAS.
Georgetown University is committed to supporting the academic success of all students and recognizes that certain life events may inhibit this progress. Students who suffer a temporary injury (e.g., a broken arm or leg) and require assistance are encouraged to immediately contact their academic dean. In the event that the injury occurred while the student was participating in a Georgetown intercollegiate athletic event, the student should also notify the Student Affairs Department.
While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not recognize temporary disabilities as a disability for which accommodation is legally mandated, the Academic Affairs Department, Student Wellness, and when appropriate, the Student Affairs Department, are available to provide support as a courtesy, and wish to be informed about injuries promptly so that parties can effectively collaborate and coordinate reasonable support efforts. In particular, the academic deans should be informed about any injury that will impact a student's academic responsibilities, so that they may collaborate with the student to develop a management plan for the convalescent period. The Office of Academic Services and Student Wellness and Counseling Center is available as a resource to administrators advising students with temporary injuries.
Requesting an Exam in OAS
OAS offers three distraction-reduced testing rooms in which students with an approved accommodation may be eligible to take exams. OAS can arrange a proctor for exams between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM Sunday through Thursday. Students must submit a request no less than 7 days prior to the exam date. OAS may deny requests not made on time as a proctor may not be available. Once a request is submitted, OAS will consult with the professor to confirm the date and time, and will notify you of arrangements.
Students with either a temporary or permanent disability may be eligible for a parking accommodation. Information can be found here.