Registering with Disability Services
Georgetown Law is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to classrooms, course materials and university events. Central to that mission, the Office of Disability Services works in partnership with Law Center faculty, staff and students to create environments that are accessible, diverse and inclusive of students with disabilities.
The Office of Disability Services supports students with a variety of disabilities including impaired speech, hearing, vision, or mobility. We also support students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, physical/chronic health disabilities, and mental health conditions. Students seeking accommodations are encouraged to review the Policy for Requesting Accommodations at the Law Center.
Process for Requesting Accommodations
Step 1: Complete the ODS Registration Form and submit appropriate documentation, following the Disability Documentation Guidelines. Documentation may also be hand delivered, faxed, mailed or uploaded to Box. After reviewing your documentation, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) will reach out to schedule an intake meeting.
Step 2: Meet with an ODS staff member for an intake meeting to discuss your disability and request for reasonable accommodations.
While students may request accommodations any time during the semester, information review and accommodation implementation may take up to 3-4 weeks. Documentation must be provided to ODS at least ten business days before the requested accommodation is to be implemented (and at least ten business days before the final exam period commences).
Georgetown Law facilitates accommodations for individuals with temporary disabilities or short-term medical conditions (e.g., broken limbs, hand injuries, concussions) on a short term basis. Students whose illnesses or injuries are expected to last longer than one semester should register with the Office of Disability Services for disability accommodations.
Step 1: Email documentation to the Georgetown Law Dean of Students. Documentation must be from a treating physician and must include diagnosis, severity, limitations, prognosis, and estimated duration of the disabling condition.
Step 2: Email the Georgetown Law Dean of Students to schedule a meeting to discuss reasonable accommodations.
Step 3: Communicate with the Office of Disability Services for accommodation implementation.
Requesting Accessible On-Campus Housing
The Gewirz Student Center includes on-campus apartments with a range of accessibility features. In addition to apartment-specific accommodation options, students with documented disabilities can request an assistance animal or other apartment-agnostic accommodations. Students seeking an accommodation for on-campus housing should complete this process before housing assignments are made. Requests that are approved after the housing lottery will be honored subject to available space and resources.
Step 1: Email the Office of Disability Services to request accessible housing as an accommodation and submit appropriate documentation.
Step 2: Complete the Housing Accommodation Request Form prior to the housing selection process.
Step 3: Meet with the Director of Disability Services for an intake meeting to discuss the housing accommodation request.
Step 4: The Director of Disability Services notifies the student via email as to whether or not the request is approved.
For information regarding service animals, review the University’s Guidelines for Service and Assistance Animals on Georgetown’s Campuses.
A student who disagrees with an accommodation decision made by ODS may make an appeal as outlined 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 ODS or the appeals process, students are also welcome to bring grievances to Georgetown University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA). More information about IDEAA’s grievance process can be found on the IDEAA website. A student need not have exhausted the Law Center’s appeals process to report concerns to IDEAA.