Scope of Service | Coppin State University

Scope of Service

CSU fosters an environment that nurtures potential and transforms lives. Included among those who we strive to support academically are individuals with disabilities and special needs. Disability Support Services Program's (DSSP) primary mission is to help students with disabilities reach their educational goals, by providing a stimulating learning environment which maximizes individual potential and ensures that students of all ability levels are well equipped to meet the challenges of education, work and life. In addition, DSSP provides services that afford students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the educational environment. DSSP is designed to create a comprehensive accessible environment where independence is fostered and individuals are viewed on the basis of their ability and not their disability. We also hope to educate the faculty and staff here at CSU regarding disabilities and accommodations so that faculty and staff can work confidently with the students with disabilities.

Coppin State University, Disability Support Services Program offers many services to students with disabilities, such as interpreters, readers, classroom and academic accommodations, tutors, notetakers, and adaptive technology. Eligibility for these services is determined individually by the DSSP Office based on documented need. Once admitted to the University, students are encouraged to register with DSSP to ensure timely provision of services.


The services offered through the DSSP office is firmly grounded in ethical practices and confidentiality supported by federal laws - the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. DSSP staff are respectful of students' right to privacy and confidentiality. Our office does not reveal any information regarding students who are receiving services based on their disability. The records are maintained in locked files that are only accessible by DSSP staff. No information about a student is ever given to a professor, advisor, or any other individual without the written permission of a student.

Faculty Communication

Faculty members are encouraged to work with students receiving DSSP services to help them succeed and are advised against questioning students regarding their disability. Faculty members should respect students' right to confidentiality. Students have the right to disclose or not disclose information about their disability. Accommodations that have been requested have been authorized by a physician, other qualified professionals, and the DSSP Office.

DSSP staff are available to answer any questions and refer students to the appropriate offices on campus. The office is located in Room 223, HHSB. Please call us at 410-951-3944.

Temporary Disability

Students who develop a short-term disability due to an illness, accident, family catastrophe or surgery DSSP is available to discuss options and resources on and off campus. In addition, DSSP will work with student to determine appropriate steps to be taken in terms of coursework and missed classes.

In situations that may require prolonged absence from class, or a medical emergency contact the DSSP office, immediately to inform them of the situation. The DSSP staff will then notify student's professors. DSSP staff is available to answer any questions and refer students to the appropriate offices on campus.

Temporary disabilities can include fractures, severe sprains, or recovery from an operation. These disabilities may have a serious impact on the student’s ability to function in his or her usual manner and possibly call for temporary accommodations. Although students with temporary disabilities are not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, DSSP is available to assist these students with their needs. Faculty can refer students with temporary disabilities to DSSP where a counselor will work individually with a student to determine appropriate intervention and support services, if any. This could include test accommodations, resources for physical access, classroom and/or lab needs.

Criteria for Documenting Temporary Disabilities

  1. A clear statement of the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) diagnosis, including pertinent history.
  2. Documentation must be current (at least within the last two months).
  3. Description of present symptoms, fluctuating conditions/symptoms, the expected duration of the condition, and the prognosis.