Our mission is to cultivate a university experience for a student that promotes success in their life pursuits. The Center for Access & Success serves as a faculty resource in offering students equity and excellence in education, maximizing each student's educational potential while helping him or her develop and maintain independence. The Center’s philosophy is one that encourages self-awareness, self-determination, self-advocacy, and independence.
The Center works with faculty, staff, and students on campus to ensure that appropriate academic adjustments are made that allow all students equity inside the classroom. Students who have documented disabilities on our campus are afforded a variety of services to accommodate their individual disabilities. UMass Dartmouth strives to ensure complete access to University academic programs. To learn more, read the Procedure for Classroom and Teaching Lab Accommodations. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your individual needs.
UMass Dartmouth is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Students who have disabilities on our campus are offered a variety of services to accommodate his/her disability so that students will have complete access to University academic programs. This is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and other relevant state and federal legislation policies, with respect to making reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aides available for eligible qualified students with disabilities.
Services available through The Center for Access and Success include:
- exam accommodations which include extended time (quizzes and exams), use of a computer, a reader and/or scribe, separate evaluation of in-class assignments and exams to exclude spelling
- use of audio recording in the classroom
- front row/preferred seating
- sign language interpreters - If you are in need of sign language interpreters, make your request at least (6) weeks prior to the start of classes. This will allow us time to schedule the appropriate provider. The longer the delay in requesting services, the greater the possibility that the interpreters will be unavailable.
- advocacy and mediation
- priority registration
Please note: The Center for Access & Success does not provide Personal Care Assistant services.