University Policy 
It is the policy of Black Hills State University, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, to ensure that no qualified person shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of any program or activity operated by Black Hills State University. Each person who has met the academic and technical standards for admission to or participation in university programs shall receive the accommodations needed to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are those that do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program, that can be provided without undue financial or administrative burden, and that can be provided without lowering academic and other essential performance standards.

Disability Services 
At Black Hills State University, it is the student’s responsibility to identify and request accommodation in a reasonable and timely manner. The process outlined to establish and maintain accommodation involves pre-planning, planning, and follow-up steps. In addition, the request for accommodation must be supported  by appropriate and thorough documentation. Black Hills State University follows guidelines dictating provision of appropriate documentation of disability and the confidentiality of this information.

In addition to accommodation planning and follow-up, the Disability Services Office
provides students with the following direct services:

  • Determination of individual learning styles, associated skills, and strategies.
  • Guidance in development and effective use of self-advocacy skills.
  • Training and access to assistive technology software in an accessible lab.
  • Referrals to additional supports available at Black Hills State University.

Links to disability related sites provide faculty, administration, and staff with disability specific information. Questions for the Disability Services Coordinator can be addressed on the Disability Services website inquiry page, by calling 605.642.6099, or by stopping by the Disability Services Office in Woodburn Hall room 134.

A valuable resource for post-secondary institution faculty, administration, and staff is The Faculty Room website. The Faculty Room is a place to learn about how to create classroom environments and activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. The following areas and/or issues are frequently faced by postsecondary educators and are addressed on The Faculty Room website .

  • Accommodation Strategies
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Faculty Resources
  • Interactive Faculty Presentations
  • DO-IT Prof Project
  • Resources for Staff and Administrators

Another valuable resource for faculty, administration, and staff is the website for AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability). AHEAD is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. The Association is a vital resource promoting excellence through education, communication and training. The following areas are addressed on the AHEAD website:

  • Recent Court Decisions
  • OCR Perspectives
  • Publications
  • Resources
  • Student Scholarships
  • Job Listings
  • Training