Mississippi Valley State University

July 24, 2016

Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA)

A Disability, as defined by the ADA, (Americans with Disabilities Act) is a permanent condition which substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Mississippi Valley State University’s ADA Office mission is to comply with the Americans with Disability Act, (ADA) which guarantees people with disabilities the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations. We also recognize student’s rights to privacy and confidentiality when providing services.


  • Information provided in an accessible format.
  • Auxiliary Aid Services
  • Equal participation in activities and services.
  • Information given in an accessible format.
  •  Confidential and privacy treatment of information and conversation.
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • The right to file a grievance or an appeal on basis of disability related to discrimination.


Section 504 inquires that disability related information should be treated as medical information and handled under the same strict rules of confidentiality as other medical information. Information regarding a student’s disability should only be shared by those who hold the documentation on a limited basis, and then only when there is compelling reason(s) for disclosure. The U.S. Department of Justice has indicated that a faculty member generally does not have a need to know what the disability is, only that, it has been appropriately verified by the individual or ADA Office assigned responsibility on behalf of the institution. Thus, faculty would have no legal right to demand access to a student’s actual documentation. Disability related information is only shared on a limited basis within this institution. This is for a compelling reason regarding specific need-to- know basis.


To be eligible for disability services at Mississippi Valley State University, a student must complete an evaluation and have a physical or mental impairment condition which substantially limits one or more major life activities. For more information about the ADA, go to www.usdoj.gov/crt/add.


Students with disabilities must maintain the same level of academic integrity and responsibility as non-disabled students. This includes the same academic standards, attending class, and providing timely notification of individual needs.

  • Identify themselves as having a disability as it apply to the Section 504 of the ADA definition of a disability.
  • Provide sufficient documentation regarding his/her disability.
  • Complete an evaluation through the MVSU ADA Office.
  • Meet and maintain the academic requirements of the University.
  • Students desiring special testing due to their disability should make these arrangements prior to the beginning of school term.


Kathy Brownlow /ADA Coordinator
14000 Hwy 82 W Box 7232
Itta Bena, MS 38941
(662) 254-3443 or
(662) 254-3442