About the Disability Center
Open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
Closed Dec. 25–Jan. 2
How to find us
The Disability Center is located on the lower level of Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus. The office can be accessed through a ground-level entrance at the southeast corner of the building near a parking lot reserved for users of disabled parking permits.
Parking for visitors
- Memorial Union lot for users of disabled parking permits, accessed from Hitt Street
- Lot on the east of Memorial Union at the corner University Avenue and Matthews Street, accessed from University Avenue
- University Parking Garage, accessed from University Avenue
The Disability Center views all materials pertaining to students’ disability as confidential. We recognize that discrimination often occurs as a result of misconceptions regarding the potential of persons with disabilities.
Governmental mandates including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) all support this policy in their encouragement of the protection of privacy.
All written materials obtained by the Disability Center are used to verify the disability and plan for appropriate accommodations. Documents are stored in the student’s electronic file and original copies are destroyed by the Disability Center.
Disability-related information may be released on a legitimate need-to-know basis within the university community only when there is a compelling reason for disclosure regarding some specific aspect of the confidential information, such as providing an appropriate accommodation. This determination is made by the director of the Disability Center.
The Disability Center does not release disability-related documentation or records. Students are advised to keep copies of any documentation provided to the Disability Center for their own records or obtain copies of documentation from the original sources.
Students have the right to
- Equal access to courses, programs, services, facilities and activities offered through the university;
- An equal opportunity to learn;
- Reasonable and appropriate accommodations and academic adjustments with the goal of diminishing the effect of a disability on academic functioning;
- Appropriate confidentiality; and
- Respect and courtesy.
Students have the responsibility to
- Meet the university’s qualifications and essential technical, academic and institutional standards;
- Request accommodations in a timely manner;
- Provide proper documentation that confirms your disability, identifies functional limitations and provides support for the requested accommodations;
- Follow the specific procedures for requesting and obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations;
- Provide for personal independent living needs or other personal disability-related needs;
- Meet with faculty and request assistance through other campus resources;
- Abide by the university’s standards and guidelines for behavior and academic integrity; and
- Treat all university staff and faculty with respect and courtesy.
The Disability Center has the right to
- Request current, appropriate and comprehensive documentation completed by an appropriate professional that supports a request for reasonable accommodations/academic adjustments;
- With the student’s signed consent, discuss a student’s need for reasonable accommodations/academic adjustments with the professional who provides the documentation — with the goal of diminishing the effect of a disability on academic functioning;
- Select the most appropriate or equally effective accommodations/academic adjustments through discussion with the student;
- Deny a request for accommodations/academic adjustments if the documentation does not identify a specific disability, fails to verify the need for requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner; and
- Refuse an accommodation or academic adjustment that imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the university, poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or poses an undue financial or administrative burden on the university.
The Disability Center has the responsibility to
- Ensure that all programs, courses and services through the university, when viewed in their entirety, are offered in the most integrated and appropriate setting;
- Provide information regarding policies and procedures to students with disabilities and ensure its availability in accessible formats upon request;
- Provide or arrange for reasonable and appropriate accommodations/academic adjustments for students with disabilities on an individualized basis upon request, with documentation verification;
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with disabilities except where disclosure is permitted or required by law or is authorized by the student; and
- Treat all students with respect and courtesy.
If you disagree with a decision regarding accommodations, notify the director of the Disability Center as soon as possible to file an informal complaint. The director will attempt an informal resolution.
If you have a discrimination complaint involving admission to or treatment in an educational program or in the granting of an assistantship, request a conference with the appropriate department head and with the dean of the school or college to discuss the matter informally.
If a satisfactory resolution is not reached through an informal complaint process, you may present a grievance pursuant to Section 390.010 F of the University System Collected Rules and Regulations. A discrimination grievance should be presented in writing and filed with the vice-chancellor for student affairs. A grievance must be filed by a student within 180 calendar days of the complained action for certain government regulatory agencies to become involved.
Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs
211 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia MO 65211
If you believe an individual has discriminated against you based on disability or has retaliated against you for making or supporting a claim or discrimination, you may make a report to the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX using the Incident Report Form.
The office will provide you information about your rights and options, including your right to file a formal complaint using the Equity Resolution Process. The staff at the office can help explain the difference between the grievance process and the Equity Resolution Process.