Disability Services

The Disability Services Coordinator assists students with all disability services at the University of Dubuque by verifying documented student disabilities, recommending accommodations, and providing any requested information on disability-related issues. 

The University provides accommodations to students with learning differences or disabilities (e.g., ADHD ADD, dyslexia, physical condition, psychological diagnosis, etc.). Certain accommodations coordinatd for students inclue (but are not limited to):

  • extended time on exams
  • distraction-reduced, quiet testing room
  • supplemental note-taking
  • a reader or scribe for exams or software with these capabilities
  • alternative textbooks (i.e., text that reads aloud)
  • screen readers on campus computers as wellas students' personal computers and other eligible devices
  • enlarged print using the program ZoomText on a testing room computer
  • speech to text dictation software

To request accommodations, students must contact the Disability Services Coordinator and are encouraged to provide documentation such as a SAR (Support for Accommodations Request, a current (less than 5 years old) IEP, or a current 504 plan.

Students may send current documentation via:

Fax: 563.589.3722, Attn: Megan Ruiz
Email: MKruiz@dbq.edu
Postal Mail: 
     University of Dubuque
     c/o Academic Success Center, Megan Ruiz
     2000 University Ave
     Dubuque, IA 52001

Please Note: The majority of reasonable accommodations are granted; however, students are not guaranteed accommodations. The University reserves the right to determine which accommodations are reasonable and do not fundamentally alter course requirements or the integrity of the program. 

For detailed information on the University of Dubuque's Policies for Students with Disabilities, please review the Policy on Reasonable Accommodations .

Implementation Guidelines

The University of Dubuque utilizes documentation guidelines established by the State of Iowa and the Iowa Higher Education Initiative.  The criteria for documentation varies depending on the individual's area of need.  

Documentation Framework

The University of Dubuque Disability Services Coordinator can be contacted at the following address:

Megan Ruiz 
Academic Success Center
University of Dubuque 
2000 University Avenue 
Dubuque, IA 52001-5050