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The primary role of the Office of Disability Services is to ensure equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities to programs and activities offered through Minnesota State University. The office also acts as a resource and referral agency for students needing additional services.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Disability Services to discuss their needs and access services. The student should provide current documentation of their disability so an accommodation plan can be appropriately written. Current documentation is generally considered within the last three years. The Office of Disability Services maintains confidential files for the student throughout their career at Minnesota State Mankato.

Detailed information about the nature of documentation preferred to establish eligibility for support and assign accommodations can be found within our Documentation Guidelines.

With supporting documentation, students may access a variety of individual services. Some services routinely provided include:

  • Notetaking
  • Text in alternative format
  • Alternative testing
  • Sign language interpreting
  • Early registration
  • Assistive technology

The following pages provide specific information and procedures and request forms for the various, routinely provided services. All of the following forms can be made available in an alternative format upon request.

Instructor Notification

At your request, the Office of Disability Services will issue you a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form which states that you are on file with Disability Services and indicates what types of accommodations or adjustments in the class or instruction will better support your learning and/or demonstration of learning. Please provide your schedule at the start of each semester to Disability Services so the SAAR forms can be completed. It will be your responsibility to deliver the SAAR letter to professors in a timely manner. You are encouraged to meet with your instructors early in the term if the format of lectures, classroom materials or exams makes it difficult for you to fully participate or to be successful.