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Differences Between High School and College

While similar in aim, post-secondary services for students with disabilities are not a continuation of earlier special education services.  The kinds of support services received in high school will not necessarily be continued similarly at the college level.   There are a number of differences between high school and college which result in new roles, responsibilities, and expectations.  SDS is empathetic, supportive, and available to students as they transition into a university setting. Some of the expectations and responsibilities are listed below.

  • Students must self identify directly with the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) and provide documentation that demonstrates a substantial limitation to one or more major life activities as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA).
  • Students are treated as independent adults and are expected to take full personal responsibility for their educational experience.
  • Students are expected to advocate for themselves. 
  • Students are responsible for requesting accommodations from SDS as needed. Accommodations are not put into place automatically.  
  • Students are expected to monitor their own progress, seek out assistance, and communicate their needs to appropriate staff or faculty.
  • Students are responsible to attend their classes and manage their time.
  • Students are expected to meet all academic and behavioral standards and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Post-secondary institutions are not required to reduce, alter, or waive any of the essential requirements of any course or program.
  • Students must arrange for and obtain their own personal assistants or tutoring.