Register for Services

To receive disability accommodations at USM, students must be registered with the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) and have discussed their accommodation requests with an ODA disability specialist. You must be currently enrolled at our University to register for accommodations.

 

To register with ODA, students must take the following 2 steps:

Step 1

Complete our Online ODA Application.   

Step 2

Submit documentation of your disability provided by an appropriate health care professional.

You may upload this documentation as PART 2 of the Online ODA Application or via a link that will be emailed to your university email account  (firstname.lastname@usm.edu) following your competition of the Online ODA Application

Do you need more clarification on what we need for documentation?

Please check out the links below for our disability guidelines that outline what information is needed from your health care professional. Please note, that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that this information is submitted to ODA, and that all fees associated with obtaining documentation are the responsibility of the student.

The following is the university’s list of documentation guidelines for various disability categories:

  1. Documentation Guidelines for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Word)
  2. Documentation Guidelines for Learning Disabilities (LD) (Word)

  3. Documentation Guidelines for mobility or physical impairments, systemic or chronic illnesses, hearing or visual impairments, psychiatric disorders or other disabilities (Word) 

Once the above steps are completed, the student will be contacted by ODA to further discuss their accommodation requests. For more information on ODA's procedures, please refer to the ODA Manual (PDF).

 

Shared Responsibilities: ODA, Faculty, Staff and Students

Achieving reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities involves shared responsibility between ODA, students, faculty and staff. It is the responsibility of the university to educate personnel and faculty regarding the rights of students with disabilities and the university’s policies and ODA’s procedures. Southern Miss faculty and staff must provide reasonable accommodations that assist students in accessing university resources and in fulfilling degree requirements as established by the university. When students request accommodations without a letter from ODA, faculty and staff must refer the students to ODA. Then ODA will verify the documentation of the disability and plan for reasonable and appropriate accommodations that meet the mandates of federal legislation.

Follow-up and Evaluation of Services

Once accommodations are implemented, ODA contacts students to monitor and evaluate services. At the end of each semester, students are asked to evaluate the ODA services. Students are expected to keep ODA updated on their current contact information. If the need arises for ODA to quickly relay messages, accurate phone numbers, mailing and/or email addresses are essential. University faculty and staff should inform ODA as soon as possible about any problems with approved accommodations.

 

Confidentiality: All disability documentation that is submitted to ODA is kept confidential and will be used in determining eligibility for coverage under ADA and making decisions on accommodation requests.

Applying to USM: It should be noted that registering with ODA is a completely separate process from seeking admission into the university. 

Accessible Housing: Students requesting accessible campus housing should indicate their medical needs on their Residence Housing Application.