Fall 2020 Accommodations Deadline for students:

Wednesday, November 18

  • We will still process applications after the deadline for accommodations that will begin in time for Spring 2021. Please keep in mind that application and documentation review can take up to 15 business days after paperwork is submitted.

Registration Process

  • First, submit your application, documentation, and voter form* through the JMU Accommodate Application. Have your documentation and completed voter form ready to upload and allow for about 30 minutes to fully complete the application. If you have any questions, e-mail disability-svcs@jmu.edu or call 540-568-6705 and we will answer your question during business hours.


  • After you submit the application and your documentation, ODS will review it. Allow 15 business days for this review from the day that both the application and documentation were received.
  • After the review period, ODS will contact you via telephone or e-mail to your @dukes.jmu.edu account to schedule your initial meeting.

*The voter form is called the Commonwealth of Virginia Voter Registration Agency Certification form. It is required by the state of Virginia that Designated Voter Registration Agencies, such as our office, complete this with our students. It is used to check and make sure that we are offering students the opportunity to vote if they check the second box on the form. During your registration meeting, if you checked the second box on this form, you will be given the opportunity to register to vote if you are 18 years of age or older. If you would like to register to vote, please have your Social Security number ready.

Virginia Voter Registration Information

National Voter Registration Information

Eligibility for Disability Services

Disability Services are available to currently enrolled students who have a documented disability that substantially limits them in one or more of life's major activities.

Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, students with Learning and Psychological Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Mobility, Orthopedic, Hearing, Visual, and Speech Impairments as well some Medical Conditions. Please see our Documentation Guidelines to clarify what needs to be submitted.

Prospective Students
ODS is not involved in the JMU admission process unless we are contacted by the Office of Admissions. There is no prescribed formula for gaining admission. JMU works to select the strongest candidates from a high-quality pool. Check out the Admissions site to get an idea of what the admission committee is looking for. Disclosing a disability is voluntary and applicants are not required to discuss or disclose disability information during the admission process. However, many applicants with disabilities choose to discuss this aspect of their lives in an optional personal statement as a way to explain one's identity and life experiences, or to shed light on skills and aptitudes. Disclosing a disability will not negatively impact a student's standing in the applicant pool.

Newly Admitted Students
Congratulations on your acceptance to JMU! We are excited about the possibility of you joining the JMU community. In order to answer any questions you might have, The Office of Admissions sponsors CHOICES, a program for admitted first-year students and their families to learn more about JMU. During CHOICES, ODS professional and student staff are available to provide you and your family information on documentation guidelines, transitioning, accommodations, services, and resources.

Getting Oriented to JMU and ODS
Welcome to the beginning of your transition to JMU. For more information on Orientation, visit the Orientation website. Getting started with ODS during Summer Springboard is a great time to meet the staff, get questions answered and set up accommodations for the upcoming semester. Since your days will be full of activities like registering for classes, it is preferred that you set up an appointment with ODS staff one day prior or one day after your Summer Springboard Orientation date. Prior to your appointment, you will need follow the registration process listed above.

Current Students
Please engage in the registration process above prior to or as early in the semester as possible.

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