Chicago State University
Abilities Office of Student Services

About Us

The Abilities Office provides services to all Chicago State University students with verified disabilities. Services are provided as a reasonable accommodation as mandated in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which state  "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United State shall, solely by reason of ... disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Abilities Office Rights and Responsibilities. The Abilities Office has certain rights and responsibilities. It is the right of the Abilities Office to :

  • Ask students to meet with the coordinator and staff
  • Request appropriate documentation of a disability
  • Deny requested test accommodations in this office if not given adequate notice or the accommodation form has not been completed and signed by the professor.
  • Report to faculty any student caught cheating in this office or strongly suspected of academic misconduct.

It is the responsibility of the Abilities Office to:

  • Provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations
  • Work with students and faculty in determining individualized accommodations
  • Provide access to services and available equipment.
  • Provide auxiliary aids as appropriate
  • Teach advocacy skills to students
  • Act as mediator or advocate for students when appropriate and maintain the confidentiality of the disability.

Abilities Office for Disability Services

Chicago State University is committed to providing students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of University services, programs and activities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), as amended.

Qualified students with disabilities, who seek reasonable accommodations and support services, including use of auxiliary aids or programmatic modifications or adjustments, must register with the Abilities Office. The registration process will require documentation of the disability. Contact the Abilities Office Coordinator for additional guidelines. The Abilities Office is located in the Counseling Center in the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, Room 190, telephone (Voice) 773-995-2380, (TTY) 773-995-3761.

Note: Petitions filed by students based on circumstances that could constitute a request for an academic adjustment or modification based upon a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 will be referred to and processed by the Abilities Office.