Disability Office

Dear Duke Student:

Congratulations on being accepted to the Duke University Marine Lab Program. Duke University is committed to providing educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) is the office at Duke charged with exploring possible coverage and reasonable accommodations for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for purposes of these federal laws.

If you have a disability and would like to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, please identify yourself by completing the Request for Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations form and supporting documentation to the Student Disability Access Office. Please use the following link to submit the request form and documentation: https://duke-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation. You may wish to review the SDAO documentation guidelines and share them with your medical provider before submitting documentation. These guidelines contain the type of information needed to determine if an impairment is substantially limiting and if accommodations are necessary for purposes of the ADA and ADA Amendments Act. Current documentation may be submitted at the time of completing the online request form or to the Director of the Student Disability Access Office by mail: 402 Oregon Street, Suite 102, Box 90142, Durham, NC 27708; by fax: (919) 668-3977, or by email: SDAO@duke.edu. You may view documentation guidelines by accessing the Duke University website at:http://access.duke.edu/students/guidelines/index.php. Request forms and documentation not received at least six weeks prior to the beginning of classes, may result in a delay in the receipt of approved accommodations. Please check our website for applicable deadlines: http://access.duke.edu/students/student_deadlines1.php.

Each student’s request to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please note that being provided with accommodations based on an impairment at another college or university does not necessarily mean that you will receive the same accommodations at Duke. Duke University reserves the right to determine if an impairment rises to the level of a disability under the ADA and ADA Amendments Act, and what constitutes as reasonable accommodations according to the documented nature of the disability.

We are delighted you have chosen to attend Duke University and look forward to working with you. If you have questions or would like more information regarding services for students with disabilities, please contact the Student Disability Access Office at (919) 668-1267.

Dot Mishoe, M.Ed.