Disability Services (DS) is a branch of the Learning Commons (LC). Our team is committed to providing students with disabilities with the necessary services to support their participation in the rich and varied life of Roosevelt University.


Disability services are available to all students, staff, and faculty with documented disabilities. The use of these services is completely voluntary and confidential. Our goal is to promote equitable opportunities for individuals with disabilities by ensuring accessibility and full participation in all aspects of campus life and by increasing awareness of disability rights on campus.

The Disability Services office works to:

  1. Support students with disabilities by addressing instructional and environmental barriers and by providing academic accommodations to foster their success.
  2. Facilitate the provision of services that offer students both academic and social-emotional support.
  3. Promote the University’s awareness of disability rights and issues, particularly as it relates to students.
  4. Serve as a resource for members of the University community, prospective students, parents/guardians, and members of the public who interact with the University.

Disability Qualifications

To benefit from the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a person must have a disability. A person with a disability is one who either:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity;
  2. Has a record or history of such an impairment; or
  3. Is regarded as having such impairment.

Requesting Accommodations

To benefit from the protections of the ADA and Section 504, the person must be qualified and have a disability. A person with a disability is one who either:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity;
  2. Has a record or history of such an impairment; or
  3. Is regarded as having such impairment. 

To be qualified, the person with a disability must meet the academic and technical standards for admission to or participation in the University’s education program or activity.

Requesting Accommodations

Currently-enrolled students with disabilities are responsible for disclosing their disability and requesting academic accommodations with the Disability Services office. To qualify for accommodations, students must provide documentation in the form of a) a typed letter from a licensed medical professional listing the disability or b) a previous IEP or 504 plan. Once acceptable documentation is provided, students will be contacted to schedule an Intake Meeting with a Learning Commons staff member to discuss reasonable accommodations.

If you are requesting accommodations for the first time, complete the Request for Accommodations form.

If you are already registered with DS but would like modifications to your current accommodations, complete the Request of Accommodations form.

If you are already registered with DS and would like to re-certify your current accommodations for the next semester, complete the Accommodations Recertification & Consent form.


To facilitate the implementation of academic accommodations, students are responsible for sharing their Accommodations Letter with their professors each semester. The letter describes each type of accommodation the student is qualified to receive. The following are the most frequently utilized accommodations:

  1. Extended time on quizzes/tests
  2. Alternative environment for quizzes/tests
  3. Extended time on some assignments
  4. Occasional absences
  5. In-class breaks
  6. Note taker
  7. Use of a tape recorder in class
  8. Use of a calculator for tests and assignments
  9. Use of a reader or scribe for tests and assignments
  10. Use of a word processor for tests and assignments

Service Animals and Assistance/Support Animals

Review the Service Animal policy here.

Review the policy for Residential Students with Disabilities Accommodations here.


If you require any assistance to safely exit a Roosevelt University building in the event of an emergency evacuation, please review the Evacuation Assistance Form.



As required by law, personal information pertaining to student's disability status will only be shared on a “need to know” basis, typically limited to Learning Commons staff. Documentation will be kept for seven years after graduation or departure from the University.

Students with documented disabilities are not required to share their diagnoses with faculty or staff, other than those in the Learning Commons.

Nondiscrimination Statement

From its inception, Roosevelt University has been committed to a policy on nondiscrimination. No person shall be discriminated against because of age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sexual orientation, source of income, unfavorable discharge from military service, veteran status, or as a result of being the victim of domestic or sexual violence.

For more information, contact the disability services office

Nicole Yoon (Chicago)
Disability Services Specialist
AUD 1038

Joe Koletsos (Schaumburg)
Learning Support Specialist
Room 517A

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Disability Services Specialist