College Students with Disabilities

A Desk Reference Guide For Faculty and Staff

This resource guide is designed to assist faculty and staff to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The mandate to provide reasonable accommodations comes from federal law and from the mission of the institution to provide an educational opportunity to all its students.

Faculty and staff need to know ...

  • What the laws require.
  • What recent legal decisions further defined the requirements of the law.
  • Who is responsible for what.
  • What are reasonable accommodations for different types of disabilities.
  • Tips that facilitate student learning.
  • Tips for disability awareness.
  • What are the university resources.

The university is not required to lower its standards. Section 504 does require the university to provide reasonable accommodations that afford an equal opportunity for students with disabilities. Achieving reasonable accommodations for a student with a disability involves shared responsibility between students, faculty, and staff.


This resource guide was developed by Project PAACS (Postsecondary Accommodations for Academic and Career Success), a three-year demonstration project funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. (PR Award No. H078C50060)

Developed by:

  • Anne R. Thompson, Ph.D., C.R.C., Director
  • Leslie Bethea, M.S., C.R.C., Coordinator

Project PAACS
Department of Counselor Education and Educational Psychology
Mississippi State University

P. 0. Box 9727
Mississippi State, MS 39762 -5740
601-325-7917 or 601-325-7919 (Voice)
1-800-582-2233 (TDD Relay System)
601-325-3263 (FAX)

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