Disability Services at Lakeland University

Disability Services

Lakeland University is committed to providing resources and services for students with disabilities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), assistance is available for students who qualify.

Disability Services

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Students who require disability-related accommodations should contact the ADA coordinator, Karen Eckhardt, for further assistance. Karen Eckhardt can be contacted by phone at 920-565-1021 ext. 2115 or by email to EckhardtKL@lakeland.edu.

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Application Process

Students with disabilities who require disability-related accommodations must make their requests in writing. For this purpose, a preliminary application must be submitted. You can do so by:

Additional Resources

To learn more about the application process, the required documentation needed for applications, and other support services Lakeland University offers - please use the drop down menus below. If you would like additional information, contact Karen Eckhardt at 920-565-1021 ext. 2115 or EckhardtKL@lakeland.edu!

A DSM-IV-TR Diagnosis of ADD/ADHD or LD must be made by:
  • A Ph.D. level Clinical or Counseling Psychologist; or
  • A Medical Doctor
An Educational Diagnosis of ADD/ADHD or LD must be made by:
  • A Ph.D. level Clinical or Counseling Psychologist; or
  • A state-licensed and certified School Psychologist
To be eligible to receive services, the student must submit a request accompanied by the appropriate documentation of the student's disability. In cases involving a learning disability, this will require:
  • A psychological assessment by a licensed and accredited educational psychologist or psychiatrist, and
  • An education performance assessment, and
  • An evaluation pertaining to the specific type of learning disability involved.
All evaluators contributing assessment information must be licensed/accredited in the area they are assessing or evaluating. The documentation of a learning disability must include:
  • A clear statement of the DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of the disability or impairment
  • A summary of procedures and instruments used to make the diagnosis
  • A summary of the evaluation results, including standardized scores (e.g.: WAIS-III, Stanford-Binet)
  • Past and present symptoms that meet the criteria for diagnosis
  • Medical history relating to current use of medications on the student's ability to meet the demands of the academic program
  • A statement of the impact and limitations on the student's academic performance caused by the disability
  • Recommendations for accommodations.
The diagnosis must be current (within the last three years) unless the Accommodations Review Committee extends that time period.

To be eligible to receive services, the student must submit requests accompanied by appropriate documentation of the student's disability. The student must have his/her Medical Doctor or his/her Clinical or Counseling Psychologist complete the Verification of Disability Form or use it as a basis for writing a narrative summary.

Students with disabilities who require disability-related accommodations must make their requests in writing. For this purpose, an application can be obtained from either the ADA coordinator or downloaded from this website. Applications must be returned to the ADA coordinator.

All requests should be made in a timely fashion to allow Lakeland University time to review the requests and provide the approved accommodations. Generally, requests should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of the accommodations needed. If the requests involve outside resources (e.g., special equipment, textbook taping, etc.), more notice may be necessary before the accommodations can be provided. After the application has been reviewed, you will be contacted about the status of your application

The ADA coordinator is available to advise students on possible accommodations appropriate for their individual circumstances.

Review Procedure:

Once the documentation has been received or is on file supporting the student's written request for ADA accommodations, the ADA Coordinator will review the submitted documentation and make a determination as to what accommodations are reasonable and appropriate.

ADA accommodations will be individually determined, and may include, but are not limited to:

  • A reduced course load
  • Alternative exam formats
  • A quiet environment for test-taking
  • Permission to make audio recordings in the classroom
  • Textbooks in audio version

Accommodations determined by the ACA coordinator will be continuous for the student unless a new review is recommended by the ADA coordinator.

Resubmission Procedures:

Students who are denied accommodations due to a lack of sufficient documentation of their disabilities may resubmit their requests when they have additional documentation. Those who have scheduled assessments or medical examinations in order to obtain more relevant documentation may request temporary approval of accommodations pending the timely receipt of assessment information by the ADA coordinator.

Appeal Process:

Appeals of the ADA coordinator decisions must be in writing and contain all relevant documentation. Appeals must be submitted to the ADA coordinator within 14 calendar days of the student's receipt of the accommodation decision. The ADA coordinator will forward the student's appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (or designee), who will make the final decision on the appeal. The student will be notified of the appeal decision within 14 calendar days.

Lakeland University Policy on the Provision of Accommodations for Students with Documented Disabilities:

Lakeland University will provide, upon receipt and review of appropriate documentation from competent and licensed professionals, reasonable and effective accommodations to students with disabilities in an effort to equalize the students' abilities at the post secondary level, in a manner consistent with federal and state regulations


The role of Lakeland University in this process is limited to reviewing documentation prepared by outside medical doctors, licensed clinical or counseling psychologists, and licensed school psychologists. Lakeland University will not diagnose, certify, define, or otherwise determine that a particular student does or does not have a disability of any type.

Lakeland University recognizes the importance of “service animals” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Wisconsin Open Housing Statute 106.50 and the broader category of “assistance animals” under the Fair Housing Act that provide physical and/or emotional support to individuals with disabilities. Lakeland is committed to allowing individuals with disabilities the use of a service animal on campus to facilitate their full-participation and equal access to the university’s programs and activities. Lakeland is also committed to allowing assistance animals necessary to provide individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy campus housing. This policy explains the specific requirements applicable to an individual’s use of an assistance animal in campus housing. Lakeland reserves the right to amend this policy as circumstances require. This policy applies solely to “assistance animals” which may be necessary in campus housing. It does not apply to “service animals” as defined by the ADAAA.

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Preliminary Application For Disability Services

Lakeland University offers a variety of support services to students with disabilities. To help us best meet your specific needs, please complete the following form. The ADA Coordinator, Karen Eckhardt, will review the form, and contact the student regarding next steps. 

Please contact the ADA Coordinator at 920-565-1021 ext. 2115 with any questions.

By submitting this form, I acknowledge that Lakeland may contact me regarding the programs in which I am interested.