Students

Get Connected to the DRC

If you've been admitted to FIU and are ready to get connected with the DRC you can contact us by phone 305-348-3532 or drc@fiu.edu and schedule a Welcome Appointment.

At the Welcome Appointment you will meet with your DRC Access Consultant and discuss the services we provide, the benefits of receiving accommodations, the resources available to you as an FIU student, and methods to stay on track with your academic plan. It is during the Welcome Appointment meeting where supporting disability documentation requirements are discussed and any questions about the process can be answered.

Following your Welcome Appointment you might choose to register with the DRC by completing a brief intake process, which will enable you to utilize academic accommodations for courses and exams.

Adaptive Technology Lab

The Disability Resource Center has a state-of-the-art assistive technology computer facility that houses both PC and Macintosh computers with mainstream and assistive technology. Study tables, scanners, wireless capabilities and printing are also available for student use during hours of operations.

The computer lab is used by students to support their coursework and as a group or individual study space. The lab also serves as a product demonstration and training facility for students, faculty, staff and community members. Students often visit the Center to try out technology before making a purchase to make sure they find a good technological solution.

Online Students

Online programs at FIU give you the flexibility to learn in your own space, at your own pace.

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If you are a student with a disability admitted to a fully online program at FIU, and are ready to get connected with the DRC you can contact us by phone 305-348-3532 or drc@fiu.edu to schedule a Welcome Appointment.

During the Welcome Appointment you will speak with your DRC Access Consultant and discuss the services we provide, the benefits of receiving accommodations, the resources available to you as an FIU online student, and methods to stay on track with your academic plan. During the Welcome Appointment meeting supporting disability documentation requirements are discussed and any questions about the process can be answered.

Each and every semester DRC students are provided the opportunity to request or decline the provision of academic accommodations. Whether its status-quo or changes are needed, requesting accommodations via the DRC is simple!

Just complete and submit the Notification of Academic Accommodations form to the DRC. We then notify your professor within 48 hours.

Remember, to request accommodations for THIS SEMESTER you must complete the Notification of Accommodation Form and submit it to the DRC office.

Resources

Attendance Requirements

Attendance requirements vary widely from course to course:

  • Each class/instructor and program have different attendance policies which may or may not be flexible
  • Lab, activity and hands-on courses involve in-class learning that cannot be easily made up
  • Some classes, such as lectures, may provide more flexibility

If you believe you will miss class often due to your disability:

  • Talk with an Access Consultant as early in the semester as possible to discuss your previous experiences
  • What you expect for the current semester (bring information about the class, including the class syllabus)

In determining a course attendance accommodation, the Access Consultant will contact your instructor to understand:

  • The attendance policy for your class and if there are any exceptions
  • How attendance is related to learning in the course
  • Amount of interaction taking place in class
  • How much of your learning is based on your in-class participation
  • Does an absence compromise the education of your classmates

When an attendance accommodation is determined to be reasonable:

You and the Access Consultant will work with the instructor to define the parameters of the accommodation. For example:

  • How you will make-up missed work
  • How and when you will tell the instructor if you have to miss class
  • Whether there is a limit to the number of classes you can miss and what that limit is

With a course attendance accommodation:

  • You do not have license to miss class whenever you'd like
  • You are responsible for all class work and will need to plan for how you will make-up missed work
  • Extensions for assignments and arrangements to make-up missed tests may need to be worked out individually
  • If absences become excessive unexpectedly, talk to an Access Consultant about a medical withdrawal, late drop or 'incomplete' as reasonable accommodations.

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Student Fees

Student services at the Disability Resource Center are covered by the student health fee. As a result, students recieveing services at DRC pay no out of pocket costs.

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Contact

Modesto Maidique Campus
GC 190
Phone: 305-348-3532
Fax: 305-348-3850

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

drc@fiu.edu

 

Biscayne Bay Campus
WUC 131
305-919-5345
Fax 305-919-5211

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

drcbbc@fiu.edu