Exponent Explains: The Disability Office

MSU’s office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services serves a wide and important range of students at MSU. The office’s website gives an overview of their purpose, which is, “To assist students with disability access and accommodations, support for returning to college, and veteran educational benefits … supports Montana State University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research and extension … works to ensure equal access to all the university’s programs and services.”

The disability branch of the office upholds the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the amendments made in 2008. These laws enforce non discrimination in MSU’s programs, events and services.

The re-entry branch of the office supports and assists students in their thirties and older who are returning to MSU, finishing a degree they have already started, or enrolling in MSU for the first time. The average age for undergraduate students is 22, which presents the clear age distinction between the average undergrad student and and older students who are returning to MSU. Support for the students that fall under the re-entry category includes individual meetings, contact information for additional support and pre-advising. Non-traditional students are encouraged to meet with a DRV staff member.

The Veteran Support Center serves over 500 veterans, eligible dependents and members of the Selected Reserve who receive Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) education benefits.  The office also works with the students to guarantee that they know their rights and responsibilities under DVA regulations and they provide pertinent information, referral services and academic resources.

The Office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services encourages any student with questions to contact them at 994-2824 or visit their website http://www.montana.edu/drv/.