Office of Student Accessibility Services

COVID-19 Information, Frequently Asked Questions and Support:

During this time, students registered with the office of student accessibility office will continue to receive their accommodations. While accommodations for the clinical/practicum/clerkship experience are on hold, other classroom/testing accommodations will still be implemented. Please direct all questions to Marie Lusk via email: Marie_Lusk@rush.edu.

Student FAQ:

1) I receive testing accommodations on campus, how will these be implemented remotely? Testing accommodations will continue to be honored. Faculty may launch the exam via Respondus Lockdown Browser with the proper accommodation built into the exam or my office may provide the remote proctoring via Zoom. 

2) Can I still record lectures now that we are remote learning? Yes, most if not all of the e-lectures are launched through a learning platform that permits recording. Faculty have been informed of this feature and are also recording lectures as well. Should you need assistance, please email Marie_Lusk@rush.edu for more information.

3) I had clinical accommodations, when I return to my placement, will they still be implemented?  Yes, all approved clinical accommodations will be resumed upon students return to their placements. If you have a new placement (location) upon return to campus, please email Marie_Lusk@rush.edu and Program Director to ensure proper clinical site directors are informed prior to your return.

4) Can I still apply for accommodations while the physcial campus is closed?  Yes! While we are not on campus, students may still request accommodations. Please see the tab entitled “Request Accommodations” or email me at Marie_Lusk@rush.edu directly to start the process. Intakes will be done over the phone at this time. 

Faculty FAQ

1) I have never taught an online course, what resources do you have regarding accessibility for online instruction? First, contact our in house Instructional Designers at the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation or CTEI   https://www.rushu.rush.edu/about/welcome-rush-university-center-teaching-excellence-and-innovation they have a wealth of information to share with faculty and can assist with accessibility features and overall guideance.

Additional resources can be found at the tab “Faculty Resources” where you can tab into: Building Accessible Online Courses:  https://exploreaccess.org/accessible-online-course/

2) Is the Office of Student Accessibility still taking on new students at this time? Yes, while we are not on campus, students may still request accommodations. Please direct students to this website or to email me at Marie_Lusk@rush.edu directly to start the process. Intakes will be done over the phone at this time. 

3) Can the Office of Student Accessibility Services assist with E-Proctoring? Yes, for our current students with testing accommodations this office is assisting faculty and students as needed. Please email Marie at Marie_Lusk@rush.edu with any additional questions regarding E-Proctoring.

Any additional questions related to accessibility should be directed to:

Marie Lusk, Director, Office of Student Accessibility Services: Marie_Lusk@rush.edu

In keeping with its goal to promote diversity among its student population, Rush University is committed to attracting and educating students who will help to make the population of health care professionals reflective of the national population, including individuals with disabilities. In addition, Rush University is committed to ensuring equal access to its facilities, programs and services are available to students with disabilities.

To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to an instructional activity, facility, program or service that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity. Both the ADA and Section 504 define disability as: (a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; (b) a record of such impairment; or (c) being regarded as having such a condition. In order to respect your privacy and ensure a thoughtful interactive process please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

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Contact Us

Marie Lusk, MBA, MSW, LSW
Director, Office of Student Accessibility Services

Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina Street, Suite 901
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5237

Email: Marie_Lusk@rush.edu