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Policies & Procedures

Definition of Terms Used in ODS Documents

  1. A DISABILITY is a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual.
  2. MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITIES are those activities that the average person can do with little or no difficulty, such as walking, seeing, hearing, talking, breathing, learning, caring for oneself and working.
  3. A SUBSTANTIAL LIMITATION is a significant restriction in the condition, manner or duration in which a major life activity is performed compared to most people. The activity must be limited to a considerable extent by the impairment, after mitigating measures, for that individual to be protected by federal statutes.
  4. STUDENTS WITH A DOCUMENTED DISABILITY are entitled to reasonable accommodations to ensure equality of opportunity to participate in Marquette's programs and activities if they are academically qualified to meet the university's academic and technical standards for admission or participation in its educational programs and activities. Marquette University Disability Documentation Policy

    Physical/Medical Disability Documentation Form
    Psychological Disability Documentation Form
    Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Documentation Form

  5. Based on current practice in the profession, a REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION is any change in an educational environment that effectively and appropriately enables an individual with a disability to have equal educational opportunities to participate in programs and activities.

    Examples include:

    • Making existing facilities and programs used by students readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities,
    • Relocating classes,
    • Providing appropriate arrangements for exams, and
    • Providing educational auxiliary aids, readers or interpreters.

    An accommodation is NOT reasonable if it:

    • Poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or
    • Requires a substantial change to an essential element of course curricula or a substantial alteration in the manner in which services are offered or provided for non-disabled students, or
    • Poses an undue financial or administrative burden, or
    • Is requested for personal use, such as attendant care, personal coaches, aids for personal care of the student or equipment of a personal nature.

    Reasonable accommodations are intended only to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate and benefit. Reasonable accommodations do not guarantee success or prevent failure for the student’s academic program.  Standards do not have to be lowered nor do essential requirements need to be waived to allow students with disabilities to participate.

    Accessible Parking Policy
    Records Retention Policy
    Special Housing Requests Policy
    Service Animal Policy


    • Academic requirements,
    • Academic rules,
    • Course examinations, and
    • Auxiliary aids and services.

    Academic accommodations may include:


    An action that (1) requires significant difficulty or expense, or (2) would fundamentally alter the nature of a program. Factors to be considered include:

    • The nature and cost of the accommodation needed, and
    • The overall financial resources of Marquette University.


Our Mission

Marquette University's Office of Disability Services is dedicated to providing equal access within the classroom setting, through the determination of appropriate accommodations, for students with documented disabilities. ODS promotes accessibility awareness through collaboration with campus partners, the development of student self-advocacy, and through consultation with the broader community. Guided by the university's mission, we strive to support the Marquette community in their efforts to educate all students on campus.