Handbook for Students with Disabilities

The Handbook for Students with Disabilities provides valuable information regarding disability services at the University of Dayton. This includes information associated with registering as a student with a disability, accommodations, assistive technology, University Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and related programs.

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University of Dayton Policies

All University of Dayton students are to follow established policies and guidelines. The information on the following page is from various sources at the University of Dayton. While this information is not disability specific, the policies referenced may be related to disability issues.

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Emergency Evacuation

As with all students, it is important that you take responsibility for your own safety. In order to ensure your safety, you should develop an emergency plan or a strategy in advance.

If you have concerns about development of an emergency evacuation plan, contact the Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management office at 937-229-4503.

Responding to an emergency depends on the following:

  • Type of emergency
  • Your specific disability
  • Your current location
  • Where you work or live on campus.


For any emergency, the first step is to contact Public Safety at 937-229-2121, Campus Phone 92121 or 911.

When reporting the emergency, it is important to indicate your location, specific needs, and type of emergency. With respect to evacuation, you may need to provide additional information (e.g., you use a wheelchair, a respirator, or have breathing, stamina or health related impairments).

Students should also be familiar with the University of Dayton Emergency Response Procedures Guide (http://emergency.udayton.edu/).

Questions can be directed to the Department of Public Safety 937-229-2121, or Campus Phone 92121. Students are encouraged to program key phone numbers such as Public Safety into their cell phone.

Standardized Testing

If special accommodations (such as extra time, audio version, Braille, etc.) is needed for nationally standardized tests (OAE, PRAXIS, MPRE, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.) applicants should contact the corresponding testing agency directly or refer to their webpage to determine their requirements, forms, documentation guidelines, and time frames for eligibility determination.

Documentation will be kept on file in the Office of Learning Resources (OLR) for five years after your last date of attendance. Please note, eligibility for Disability Services at the University of Dayton, does not ensure eligibility for accommodations on standard tests or other post-secondary institutions.

For completion of verification forms, students should schedule a face-to-face meeting with the OLR Disability Staff. During this meeting, OLR Disability Staff will review the documentation guidelines of the governing body to determine if and to what extent we can assist in the process. The student is responsible for ensuring timeframes etc. as outlined by the governing body.

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External Resources

We have developed a list of external resources for students with disabilities, their families and others within the community. On this page, you will find information including general and disability specific organizations, as well as, a variety of financial aid organizations.

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