Student Services: Disability Support Services

DMU provides disability support services (accomondations) for students with documented disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504. The accommodations and assistance provided through DMU’s Disability Support Services Office (DSS) affords students equal access and equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic potential. 

Students with a disability should contact Disability Support Services ( or complete the online Accommodation Request Form which initiates the interactive accommodation process with DSS. Documentation can be submitted with the online registration form, or emailed directly to

Once the Form is submitted, the review and preparation period for DSS generally requires a minimum of ten business days to complete, upon which time the student will be contacted regarding the accommodation determination. Once an accommodation plan has been approved and signed, the student will receive an Instructor Notification document which the student should submit to the instructor during the first week of class.

Accommodation requests should be submitted to DSS in a timely manner, allowing sufficient time to initiate and complete the interactive accommodation process with DSS so that professors can be notified within the first week of class. Unless special circumstances exist, inquiries and applications made with the DSS office after the published ‘Last day to drop and receive a W’ date are generally considered applicable to the next Term or Semester.

Students who would like to request reasonable accommodations must submit current documentation (i.e., medical/educational/diagnostic reports or materials completed within 5 years) from licensed medical or other qualified professionals. Documentation should support the necessity of the requested accommodations.  A diagnosis alone is generally not sufficient.

The following are general guidelines for documentation:

  • Medical professional’s name, contact info, official letterhead, credentials, area of expertise
  • Appropriate documentation from a credentialed medical professional which supports the need for accommodations
  • Necessary assessment and testing results  
  • Official diagnosis
  • Description of frequency, severity and prognosis
  • Possible impact on your functioning as a graduate student (possibly an online graduate student)
  • Possible impact on your academic work, and on any clinical assignments
  • List and describe any Prescriptions that might impact cognitive and/or physical functioning
  • List the specific recommendations associated with each possible impact that would support your success as a student. 

Divine Mercy University considers reasonable accommodations for those whose documented disability substantially limits one or more major life activity, and reserves the right to determine reasonable, necessary, and appropriate accommodations. 

In compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as state and federal law, Disability Support Services (DSS) protects the confidentiality of records maintained on file.

  1. Complete the online Accommodation Request Form
    If you have questions, or you would like to discuss your options further, feel free to contact
  2. Submit the Documentation as an attachment to your Accommodation Request Form, or as an attachment in an email to
    • Be sure to submit the Accommodation Request Form whether you have your Documentation ready to submit or not. 
    • If you do not have your Documentation ready to submit, or if DSS requests additional Documentation, DSS will assess if an interim accommodation plan is possible while the interactive process continues. 
  3. Allow at least 10 business days for DSS to process the submitted Accommodation Request Form. 
    DSS will contact the student if they determine that additional information or documentation is required.
  4. DSS will request a meeting with the student, once the processing is complete, to review the request and the approved accommodation plan. 
  5. DSS will place the accommodation plan within the official “Instructor Notification” document. The student and DSS will electronically sign the document, and the student will receive the final notification document via email.
  6. The student is expected to submit the “Instructor Notification” document to each professor within the first week of each class.

Office Location

Divine Mercy University
45154 Underwood Lane
Sterling, VA 20166

Phone: 703-416-1441 x114
Fax: 703-416-8588

Contact for more information regarding disability services at DMU. To initiate a request for accommodations, submit your request here.