Disability Services Policy


If a student in the School of Education is in need of accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the SOE’s Disability Services Office at soe.disabilityservices@jhu.edu or 410-516-9734.

At the point of initial contact an Intake Form will be sent to the student to fill out and return to the office as soon as possible via email or mail. The student will also fill out the Authorization to Contact Physician/Health Care Provider form, and documentation from a professional evaluator of the disability as well as the evaluator’s recommendations for accommodating the disability. This information should be received as early as possible prior to the beginning of the semester to ensure that services will be available in time for the first class meeting. Once approved, the student is required to fill out a Request for Accommodations form and submit it to the Student Disability Services office for each semester that they are registered to ensure that the appropriate faculty members are notified of the needed accommodations.

Documentation of the disability is necessary to establish that the individual currently requires accommodations due to the disability. Documentation should demonstrate that the physical or mental disability creates a substantial limitation to a major life activity and describe the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation in order to establish eligibility for protection under the law. An appropriately credentialed professional must provide documentation. For documentation guidelines, see: Documentation Guidelines.

The Director for Disability Services at the Homewood Campus will review the documentation. If there is a question about the documentation or recommendations, the physician will be called for clarification, and if necessary, more information will be requested. The provider will be contacted only after the student has signed an Authorization to Contact Physician/Health Care Provider form. The evaluation process includes a review of the documentation itself and a review to ensure that the accommodations do not alter the fundamental goals and essential standards of the program or service in question. The review process may take up to 2 weeks to be completed. The student will be informed via letter with a decision after he/she has submitted complete documentation and all necessary forms.

Appropriate faculty, advisor, and center directors will be notified in writing of accommodations. Please note that the type of disability is not disclosed to the faculty, advisor, or center director. It is also recommended that the student speak with the instructor on the first day of class, identify themselves, and discuss the accommodations needed.

The privacy rights of each person are honored to the fullest extent possible. This is particularly important to students who wish to maintain confidentiality regarding hidden disabilities but require special accommodations. All contact information and documentation received are maintained in secure, confidential files.


The Johns Hopkins University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in any student program or activity administered by the University or with regard to admission or employment.

The University provides appropriate, necessary, and reasonable accommodation to qualified students, faculty, and staff who have a disability. When generally accessible facilities do not adequately accommodate a specific disability, the University makes program and/or facility adjustments as are reasonably necessary to assure individual access. Questions regarding Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 should be referred to the Director of Affirmative Action Programs, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218, 410-516-8075.


Johns Hopkins University does not assume the responsibility for personal devices and services of a personal nature, including but not limited to the duties of personal aides who bathe, feed, dress, or provide personal assistance. It is the responsibility of students to interview, retain, assign duties and responsibilities, and pay personal aides.


ALTERNATE FORMS OF TESTING: A student may require an alternative form of testing if this is a recommendation in their physician’s documentation i.e. take home exams, oral exams, exams in separate rooms. Alternate forms of testing will be provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the requirements of the course.

EXTENDED TIME ON TESTS: The Johns Hopkins University does not allow its faculty to give untimed exams. Instead, if a student’s documentation requires that he or she have extended time on exams, it is recommended that the student be allowed up to 1.5 times the length of the maximum time of the exam. For example, if an exam were scheduled for 2 hours, the student would have a total of 3 hours to complete the exam.


The School of Education does not offer free in-house tutoring services to any of its students. Tutoring is a personal service for which the University does not pay.

Contact Us

Student Disability Services Office
P: (410) 516-9734
F: (410) 516-9922