The Academic Support Center provides a number of services to support the academic and personal success of ALL Ferris State University students. Disabilities Services provides assistance and support to students with documented disabilities. Disabilities Services staff can also meet with students who are having academic difficulties for no apparent reason. While Disabilities Services cannot diagnose a disability, the staff can assist in determining whether a student should seek professional diagnostic testing outside of the institution.
When a student appears to be displaying academic difficulties which are not congruent with the perceived ability of the student, a faculty or staff member may question whether there is a possible disability present. The faculty or staff member, however, should not make any statements to the student which could be perceived to be either a diagnosis or a presumption of fact. Instead, we suggest the follow process for referring students:
Referrals in this matter allow the student to have a sense of "being in charge" and therefore ensures a greater level of follow through. It is important to remember that it is ultimately up to a student to seek out resources and supports. The only thing that we can do is be sure that they are fully aware of the supports available and that they have the information necessary to make good decisions.