Students with Special Needs

Maharishi International University, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), recognizes that qualified students who have diagnosed or identified disabilities are entitled to benefit from the educational programs of the University if reasonable accommodations can be arranged.

Costs associated with diagnosis, evaluation, and testing are the responsibility of the student except in cases of severe financial need demonstrated to, and upon the recommendation of, the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Requests for adaptive equipment and/or other accommodation needs for academic purposes will be submitted through the Director of Academic Support. The University’s Disability Officer will assess the need and determine whether the University will purchase the adaptive equipment or otherwise accommodate the student’s needs. The Disability Officer will report all accommodation requests and actions to the Director of Academic Support and the relevant faculty. Appeals of decisions regarding academic accommodation shall be made to the Executive Vice-President, whose decision shall be final.

How do I receive academic accommodations?

Once you are admitted to the University, we would like to plan with you for any reasonable accommodations you may need in order to enjoy a successful academic experience. Please contact the Director of Academic Support about your needs before you arrive on campus for your first semester or at any time thereafter.

The Director of Academic Support and/or the Disability Officer will want to talk to you about your disability, discuss your needs, and review your documentation. The documentation should include a diagnosis or description of your disability(ies), list results of tests (if appropriate), and include the recommendations of a specialist regarding appropriate academic accommodations. At this point, we may schedule another meeting to include your faculty advisor. In consultation with your documentation, we will determine the academic accommodations that we can offer on our campus.

Possible academic accommodations may include extended test-taking time, special seating, note-takers, readers/books in alternative format, assistance from the Academic Support Center. We can help provide information about books on tape, adaptive equipment for physical disabilities, or specialized software. Of course, we will work together to determine what is appropriate for you.

How do I receive other accommodations?

Those with physical disabilities will find the campus accessible. All major classrooms and dining facilities are accessible, as are the major social sites and needed residence facilities.

Individuals with disabilities who have access problems in any campus building or other needs are encouraged to bring their concerns to the attention of Disabilities Officer Selin Ozbudak Erdem:

Selin Ozbudak Erdem
Registrar | Assistant VP of Enrollment/ Disability Officer
+1-641-472-1242 (office)
+1-641-226-0052 (mobile)
Maharishi International University


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