The Office of Disability Services (ODS) offers a range of services to ensure equal access to the academic and co-curricular opportunities at Princeton for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. The University implements policies and procedures designed to fulfill the mandate of both federal law, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as amended and the Rehabilitation Act, and state law, chiefly the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Reasonable accommodations are provided to students with a physical or mental impairment that causes a material deficit in functioning, in comparison to most people.
Students requesting accommodations should review the guidance provided by ODS on requirements for documentation, but generally must submit documentation that clearly demonstrates that (1) the student has a physical or mental impairment, (2) the impairment causes a material functional deficit, (3) the deficit is demonstrable by generally accepted measures, comparing the student to most people in the general population. A diagnosis of a disorder, or submission of an evaluation, does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations. Appropriate documentation must be provided by a qualified professional, meet currency requirements, include diagnosis information as well as information about the functional limitations or deficits, and support the request of specific accommodations. In some cases, the ODS evaluation may include review of documentation by an outside consultant engaged by Princeton University. Accommodations or academic adjustments are determined through an interactive process that includes an intake interview.
Please refer to specific pages for more detailed information on Registration, Documentation Requirements and the Student Services Process.