Admission with a Disability
A disability is defined in the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 as a mental or physical impairment which substantially
limits one or more major life activities. Learning is an example of a major
The University does not discriminate on the basis of
disability in admission or access to university programs or activities. Section
504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination
based upon disability. Students can apply to UNF as early as the summer of
their senior year of high school. Application are accepted on a rolling basis,
but by submitting all allocation materials prior to the senior year, students
will have the best access to financial aid and housing options. Please refer to the Freshman Admissions Requirements Webpage for the most current admissions requirements
Potential Questions for Students Seeking Services
What should I know when
applying to the University of North Florida? Are there any special procedures?
disabilities must apply to UNF through the regular admissions procedure. There
are no special admissions procedures. Applicants who wish to appeal an
admissions decision may submit documentation verifying their disability along
with a letter of appeal to the office of admissions. Please visit the
following: Admission to UNF Webpage.
What should I do if I
want to receive accommodations? Can I use the IEP as documentation?
If you suspect you have a
disability that is impacting your academic performance, you will need to
provide documentation of that disability to Student Accessibility Services (SAS).
This documentation must be supplied by a qualified professional who is licensed
or certified to diagnose the disability in question. The IEP is a
valuable resource for information, but cannot be used as documentation of a
I received special
education (IDEA) or 504 services in high school. How are these services
different in college?
Colleges are required to
provide any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary for equal access to
education. They are not required to design special programs for students with
disabilities or have Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).
Will Student Accessibility Services staff seek me out to provide services like my counselors did in high
It is the student’s responsibility
to seek out services through Student Accessibility Services. In college, students
with disabilities are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and
under the Americans with Disabilities Act. IDEA no longer applies.
What constitutes a
A disability is defined
in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as a mental or physical
impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Learning is an example of a major life activity. If you have a mental health or
physical condition, a history of such a condition, or a condition which may be
considered by others as substantially limiting, you may have a legally defined
The services provided by SAS are for students with diagnosed disabilities that include, but are not
(for example: reading, writing, math, processing, or memory disabilities)
ADHD and ADD, Physical
Disabilities, Medical Disabilities, Blind or Low Vision,
Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Speech
Disabilities, Psychological or Emotional Disabilities
What does substantially limiting
is a major life activity?
Substantially limiting is
defined as being unable to perform a major life activity, or significantly
restricted as to the condition, manner, or duration under which a major life
activity can be performed, in comparison to the average person or to most people.
A major life activity is defined as caring for oneself, performing manual
tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and
What are academic adjustments?
adjustments create an equal access to education, as long as it doesn't require
a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum. This is
determined by the institution. Such modifications may include an adjustment in
the amount of time allowed to complete a degree, substitution of degree requirements,
and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.