Office of Disability Services

Accessibility and Reasonable Educational Accommodations

Columbia Southern University provides reasonable accommodations for persons defined as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and all other local and state requirements. The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to ensure an accessible learning experience in which students with disabilities have equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. Students or applicants who have accessibility or accommodation requests or concerns are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services at disabilityservices@columbiasouthern.edu or 888-785-3005.

Although disclosure of a disability is not required for applicants or students to attend CSU, registration with the Office of Disability Services is required in order to receive accommodations. Please see below for registration materials, contact information, and a summary of the registration process.

Registration Process

Self-Disclosure and Accommodation Request

Contact the Office of Disability Services, submitting a Student Self-Disclosure and Accommodation Request form. The accommodations must be reasonable and must be for courses currently in progress or for future courses, not for courses previously completed. Please refer to the forms and handbook at the links below for more information.

Documentation

Submit documentation of the disability to support the accommodation request.

Disability Services Registration Packet (pdf)
Office of Disability Services Handbook (pdf)

Contact Information:

disabilityservices@columbiasouthern.edu

Fax 251-923-2501

Phone 888-785-3005

Columbia Southern University
P.O. Box 3110
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Attn: Success Center, Office of Disability Services

If you need to obtain a copy of documentation from a physician or other licensed practitioner, please complete a Student Release of Information form and provide it to the diagnosing professional, along with a Disability Verification Form found in the Disability Services Registration Packet.

Documentation may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • Medical records
  • A record of a disability from a licensed, professional evaluator
  • A psychoeducational evaluation
  • A military or veteran record of a disability
  • A record of a disability or accommodations from a previous school or university

For documentation guidelines and more information on the Office of Disability Services, please read the Office of Disability Services Handbook. If the documentation is incomplete or inadequate, the university may request additional information; however, please feel free to submit the documentation you already have for consideration. (Documentation guidelines at other universities or at testing centers may differ from those at Columbia Southern University.)

Accommodation planning

Communicate with a staff member by phone or email to develop an accommodation plan. The time required to arrange accommodations can vary, so it is recommended to begin the registration process at least two weeks in advance.

Notification

Your course professors will be notified of the accommodations but not of the disability.

Temporary Disabilities

Accommodation requests for temporary disabilities are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must provide documentation of the disability and register with the Office of Disability Services.

Students with temporary disabilities or health concerns should contact a special circumstances facilitator via email at specialcircumstances@columbiasouthern.edu. for guidance on course incomplete options. For more information, please see the CSU Student Handbook.

ADA/504 COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS

For concerns regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act that have not been resolved through communication with the Office of Disability Services, including accommodation-related inquiries, please submit a Complaint Form to studentresolution@columbiasouthern.edu. Refer to the Office of Student Resolution and Conduct webpage and the Complaint/Grievance and Student Appeals policies in the CSU Student Handbook for more information.

More Resources

Admission to CSU: Admissions

Course Incomplete Requests: Academic Advising and Student Support Center

Math, Writing, and APA Formatting Assistance: Math and Writing Centers

Military Members and Veterans: Military Support and Resource Center