Students register with ODS to be approved for accommodations. ODS registration is confidential and does not appear on student transcripts. Medical documentation and information are kept private and separate from educational records. We offer various types of registration, based on your disability and educational experiences, but most students use the Scarlet/Standard Registration.
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Most students complete a Scarlet/Standard registration. An online application is utilized to complete our Scarlet/Standard registration process. The online application for Scarlet/Standard Registration is a 3-step process including: an online disability services Application, confirmation, and next steps email sent to your OSU BuckeyeMail, and complete a Welcome Meeting.
The online disability services application helps us to better understand your disability and your accommodation requests; and offers the ability to upload your disability documentation or upload a completed Disability Verification. You may submit the online application prior to uploading your disability documentation.
Students are not fully registered with disability services until they complete a Welcome Meeting.
All expedited registrations with ODS can begin with a phone call to our office at (330) 287-1247. Students who are eligible to complete an expedited registration with disability services include, but are not limited to:
• Students with readily observable disabilities e.g., wheelchair user or white cane user
• Students with temporary disabilities e.g., a broken or sprained limb or a concussion
• Veteran students (with their disability status on file with the VA)
transfer student registration
Students transferring from another college/university and are already registered with that institution’s disability services office must be registered with our office in order to receive accommodations at Ohio State University.
We will accept a student’s disability documentation and accommodations from the disability services office at their prior college/university.
Transfer students should complete the online disability services application
and upload a copy of their documentation developed at the college/university that they previously attended.
disability documentation guidelines
The Office for Disability Services will review and consider all pieces of documentation submitted. Documentation will assist Disability Services in understanding how the disability impacts the student in an academic setting and the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and is handled on a case-to-case basis. The eligibility determination process is not a same day process. Once documentation is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that documentation be submitted well in advance of any accommodation related needs. Typically, documentation is processed, and the student will be notified within three business days of receipt. There are multiple ways to provide the Office for Disability Services with documentation of your disability. Documentation should provide proof of diagnosis and/or prior accommodations. Disability Services follows the guidance from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) on documentation review and accommodation approval.
Examples of disability documentation includes, but is not limited to:
• 504 Plan (with supporting documentation)
• Medical records/patient portal diagnostic summary
• Letter from a healthcare professional (on letterhead, which confirms a diagnosis)
• Accommodation letter from previous postsecondary institution
Disability Services Verification Form (must be completed by a healthcare professional)
Documentation is not required for students with readily observable disabilities e.g., wheelchair user, white cane user.
Also, documentation may not be required for students with readily observable injuries (e.g., broken limb) in order for them to register with disability services on a temporary basis.
And student veterans who have their medical records on file with the VA may not need to provide additional documentation to register with disability services.