Disability Support Services
The University of Guam (UOG) is committed to achieving equal opportunity and full participation of persons with disabilities by providing for non-discriminatory access to its services and facilities through the ADA Office. The Mission of the ADA Office is to ensure non-discriminatory access to all benefits, privileges, opportunities and obligations to faculty, staff, and community members with disabilities and to ensure a process for full compliance by UOG with the ADA of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, taking into account the economic climate and multi-cultural diversity of the institution.
Policy and Procedure for Students and Applicants with a Disability (BOR Resolution No. 04-32. October 28, 2004, superseded by BOR Resolution No. 10-11, April 22, 2010)
In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University does not discriminate against students and applicants on the basis of disability in the administration of its educational and other programs. The University will reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities, as defined by applicable law, if the individual is otherwise qualified to meet the fundamental requirements and aspects of the program of the University, without undue hardship to the University. Harassment on the basis of disability issues is prohibited.
The University offers reasonable accommodations for a student who is otherwise qualified, if the accommodation is reasonable, effective and will not alter the fundamental aspect of a University program, nor will otherwise impose an undue hardship of the University, and/or there are not equivalent alternatives. Student are expected to make timely requests for accommodation. If appropriate, the University may choose to consult with such individuals at or outside the University to provide expertise needed to evaluate the request for accommodation.
The Enrollment Management & Student Success office provides reasonable accommodations for students in accordance with the UOG Policy and Procedure for student applicants with a disability. The ADA policy can be found on this website.
Undergraduate students with disabilities may use existing tutorial labs and services, which are available to all undergraduate students by the:
Documentation to substantiate a disability and support the request for accommodation(s) must be typed on official letterhead of the diagnosing practitioner. The practitioner must be a licensed and/or certified professional who is qualified to diagnose the stated disability. It must be current for the disability. Sufficient and appropriate disability documentation to support the request for accommodation(s) must have the following components:
State the medical or mental health impairment by a recognizable diagnosis; preferably from the ICD or DSM-IV, most recent revisions.
Establish an initial date when a diagnosis was made or when the certifying practitioner accepted a previous diagnosis and began treatment or services.
Establish how the practitioner arrived at the diagnosis; this is especially important when the disability is a learning disability, ADD / ADHD, psychological disability, or other disability diagnosed from the DSM-IV.
Establish the extent to which the disability substantially limits a major life activity.
Make recommendations based on the above functional and substantial limitations for post-secondary academic and physical accommodations to ameliorate the limitations.
A practitioner's recommendation for a specific accommodation does not guarantee the granting of that accommodation. Accommodations provide access to programs and services and are determined on a case-by-case basis. Once a student's documentation of disability is received will evaluate the documentation to determine its validity. If a student does not have current documentation, the SCAS will provide referral information.
At the discretion of the SCAS Accommodation Disability Services Counselor, accommodations may be granted and provided for a limited time span with incomplete, outdated, or limited documentation. This decision is determined on a case-by-case basis.