Process for Accessing Services for Students with Disabilities

Verification Process

Students with already diagnosed disabilities must fill out registration and confidentiality forms and supply verification of disability (provided by a qualified professional). Fresno Pacific University does not have the personnel to evaluate psychological, cognitive, or physical disabilities. Students are responsible for all fees and services necessary to provide diagnosis and documentation.

Forms are available from the Academic Support Center in Marpeck 105, online, or by contacting Melinda Gunning at 559-453-2247.

Return forms to:

  • Melinda Gunning
  • 1717 S.Chestnut Ave#25 
  • Fresno, CA 93702
  • Email: 
  • Fax: 559-453-7147 

Accommodations should be recommended on the Verification of the Disability form (filled out by the diagnosing professional) and will be further negotiated by the director in consultation with the student.

The director will keep files of student documentation and needs. Only the information that is necessary to communicate required accommodations will be shared with relevant faculty or Degree Completion program director each semester. The director will collaborate with faculty and/or regional center staff on how accommodations should be provided. Students already registered must check in with the director each semester.

Nota Bene: Students who have not registered with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities are not entitled to accommodations. To offer accommodations to students without following proper procedure leaves the university open to possible litigation.


Some types of accommodations that may be requested include the following:

  • Extended time/alternate location for examinations 
  • Reader, scribe, calculator use, or computer access for exams 
  • Extended time on homework–cannot extend beyond the last day of the course 
  • Texts in alternate format (large print, audio, electronic, etc.) 
  • Note-takers for class lectures—carbonless paper provided to students 
  • Permission to record lectures—students should provide their own equipment and must be cleared with each professor 
  • Use of laptop or other electronic device in class 
  • Printed instructor notes, power-point presentations, outlines, etc. 
  • Leniency for absences—cannot compromise standards of the course/program 
  • Sign language interpreter or closed captioning 
  • Other accommodations as needed by students 


Dragon Naturally Speaking—speech to text; enables the user to speak into a microphone and the computer types what is spoken.

  • Installed on one computer on each campus
  • For people with limited manual mobility (paralysis, carpal tunnel, loss of hand, etc.)
  • Also for people with processing disorders that inhibit the ability to spell correctly
  • Students can purchase their own copy from Nuance (usually less than $200) 

Kurzweil—text to speech; will read any electronic text aloud on the computer.  

  • For people with limited vision or visual processing disorders
  • Also for people with attention or focusing problems
  • Software disk supplied by my office; student must install on own computer(s).
  • Video instructions available