Disability Services

Disability Services for MSU-Meridian is located in the Office of Student Services.

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) assists in determining the classroom accommodations that are most appropriate for students with disabilities based on documentation of their disability. DRC encourages communication with instructors regarding accommodations. DRC will provide eligible students with notification letters regarding their classroom and testing accommodations to give to their professors. Examples of classroom and testing accommodations are varied, but may include: Adapted testing arrangements, extended time on tests, testing in a distraction-free environment, assistance with alternative formats of textbooks, and advocacy with the MSU Housing Department for help with living arrangements. Visit Student Support Services

Mission Statement | How to Apply for Accommodations | Notification Letter | Documentation Information | Grievance Process


Mission Statement

The Student Services office on the Meridian Campus assists in determining the classroom accommodations that are most appropriate for students with disabilities based on documentation of their disability. Student Services office encourages communication with instructors regarding accommodations. DRC will provide eligible students with notification letters regarding their classroom and testing accommodations to give to their professors. Examples of classroom and testing accommodations are varied, but may include: Adapted testing arrangements, extended time on tests, testing in a distraction-free environment, assistance with alternative formats of textbooks, and advocacy with the MSU Housing Department for help with living arrangements.

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How to Apply for Accommodations

  1. Log in to MyState: my.mystate.edu
  2. Click on the square menu in the upper left-hand corner. Select Banner.
  3. On the upper right of the Banner section, click the button labeled “AD” to change it from OFF to ON.
  4. Select myBanner for Students. In the Academic Records column, click “Disability Support Services Application.”
  5. Documentation of disability can be uploaded with the online application.
  6. Call 601-484-0234 to arrange a conversation with the Student Services Coordinator about your accommodation request.
  7. You are also welcomed to visit the Student Services Suite for a meeting on the College Park Campus.

Notification Letter

Notification Letter Process

  • It is the responsibility of the student to notify instructors of accommodations. Information about a student's accommodations are sent in the form of a Notification Letter
  • Notification Letters must be sent prior to receiving accommodations
  • Some accommodations may take additional time to implement
  • Notification Letters must be sent each semester

How to Send Notification Letters to Instructors

  1. Log onto your MyState account
  2. Click Banner
  3. Select View Class Schedule and Grades
  4. Select Current Semester
  5. Locate the column labeled Request Accommodation to the far right
  6. Check the box for each professor that will need a notification letter
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click OK to confirm

Documentation Information

Disability-related documentation should provide information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. Criteria for the source, scope and content of documentation differs by disability type. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. Common sources of documentation are health care providers, psychologists, diagnosticians, and/or information from a previous school (e.g., accommodation agreements/letters, 504, or IEP documents).

Suggested Documentation

  1. Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional
  2. Diagnostic Statement with any related diagnostic methodology (diagnostic criteria and/or procedures)
  3. Symptoms experienced by the individual.
  4. Functional limitations to life activities. (Limitations inform which accommodations are appropriate.)
  5. Severity and frequency of the symptoms
  6. Expected progression of the symptoms or condition.
  7. Current medication(s) and any related side-effects.

Submitting Documentation

Documentation can be submitted to the Student Services Office by the student requesting accommodations or from the professional proving the documentation.

The Student Services office will accept documentation through the follow channels:


Grievance Process

The Disability Appeal and Grievance Process for Students

The Office of Student Services (referred to as Student Services elsewhere in this document) at Mississippi State University Meridian will promptly respond to verbal or written notification from students who are not receiving Student Services approved accommodations. Student Services will communicate in a timely fashion with students and instructors about relevant circumstances, including the complexity of the accommodation and the schedule of the course, program, service, or activity in which the student is participating. Students are expected to contact Student Services as soon as possible if reasonable accommodations are not being implemented in an effective or timely way. Student Services will contact the instructor, teaching assistant, facilities management, or other relevant party to attempt to resolve the issue. If Student Services is not able to remedy the situation by communicating with these parties, Student Services will contact the appropriate department administrators to discuss implementation of the Student Services approved accommodations. If the Student Services approved accommodation is still not implemented, Student Services will direct the student to follow the appeal and grievance procedures set forth below.

If the student with a disability believes that they are not being reasonably accommodated:

  1. The student contacts the Student Services Coordinator for MSU Meridian at bsh299@msstate.edu as soon as possible if reasonable accommodations are not being implemented in an effective or timely way or if the student is dissatisfied with the provision of services.
  2. For disagreements/issues regarding Student Services approved accommodations, the Student Services Coordinator will work with University personnel and students with disabilities to resolve disagreements/issues regarding the accommodations.
  3. For disagreements or concerns about the provision of services by Student Services, a student should first discuss the situation with the Student Services Coordinator. If unable to do this or dissatisfied with the result, a student may contact the Director of the Disability Resource Center for Mississippi State University at cjd474@msstate.edu
  4. Complaints about the provision of services by Student Services will first be responded to by the Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for Mississippi State University at cjd474@msstate.edu. In the case that a complaint involves the Director, the complaint will be responded to by the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Mississippi State University at jsb487@msstate.edu.
  5. The Student Service Coordinator/Director of the DRC/or Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs will consult with all appropriate parties.
  6. If a student believes that they are being discriminated against because of their disability, the student should contact the Director of Civil Rights Compliance for Mississippi State University at titleix@msstate.edu or 662-325-5839. Please reference the policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation | Policies (msstate.edu)