Getting Connected with Disability Services
Georgetown Law is committed to providing reasonable accommodations or modifications in the academic environment for students with disabilities. Students who wish to request an accommodation are responsible for reviewing the summary below and reading the policy for requesting accommodations at the Law Center.
Students seeking accommodations for a temporary condition should follow the instructions on the Temporary Conditions page. Students seeking additional information can consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
To Register and Request Accommodations – Process Summary
Step 1. Contact the Office of Disability Services
Upon acceptance to the Law Center, both J.D. and LL.M. students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services by email.
Mara Bellino, the Director of Disability Services advises students with physical, chronic health, psychological and other disabilities.
Annemarie Bresson, the Assistant Director of Disability Services and Wellness, advises students with cognitive disabilities (learning disabilities, ADHD) and implements accommodations (e.g. note-taking and course recording assistance) for student with disabilities.
Step 2. Submit Appropriate Documentation
Students may request accommodations and submit documentation at any time during the semester. However, it may take up to 3 – 4 weeks for the information to be reviewed and accommodations to be put in place. At a minimum, documentation must be provided to the Office of Disability Services at least ten business days before the requested accommodation is to be implemented (and for final exam accommodations, at least ten business days before the exam period commences).
Please note: Students are welcome to meet with a Disability Services staff member before submitting documentation! To schedule up a meeting to discuss questions, our documentation guidelines or the registration process please email Disability Services.
- Documentation Guidelines for Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
- Documentation Guidelines for Physical Disability or Chronic Health Condition
- Documentation Guidelines for Psychological/Psychiatric Conditions
Step 3: Meet with the Director or Assistant Director of Disability Services
After reviewing your documentation and consulting clinicians (when necessary and with approval), the Director or Assistant Director of Disability Services will contact you for an intake appointment to discuss your disability, accommodation request, and next steps.
A student who disagrees with any accommodation decision made by the Office of Disability Services may make an appeal. The full appeals process is detailed in the policy for requesting accommodations at the Law Center.
While students are encouraged to resolve any disagreements as to appropriate accommodations either through informal communication with the Office of Disability Services or through the appeals process, students are also welcome to bring grievances to Georgetown University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (“IDEAA”). IDEAA reviews alleged violations of the University’s Non Discrimination in Education Policy, including allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability. The University encourages any victim of unlawful discrimination and harassment to report the incident and seek redress through IDEAA’s Grievance Procedures. A student need not have exhausted the Law Center’s appeals process to report concerns to IDEAA.
Animals are generally not permitted in University buildings with some exceptions, such as service and assistance animals determined to be a reasonable accommodation by the Office of Disability Services, among others. Students, employees, and visitors should refer to the Campus Animal Policy webpage to understand the difference between various kinds of animals, where they are permitted, and when they may be removed.