Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How do students enroll in the LEP?
A: The LEP requires students to submit an LEP application.
Q: How many students are enrolled in the LEP?
A: At this time, approximately 195 students. We have limited available space. Interested students are encouraged to apply and contract early.
Q: Do they pay a separate fee to participate in the program?
A: Students enrolled in the program pay a set fee above tuition for access to our services. This fee may be covered by Financial Aid if a student qualifies.
Q: Are all students with learning disabilities in the LEP?
A: No. Many students with learning disabilities choose not to participate in the LEP. They are still, however, given accommodations through Disability Services Program if they request. The most common accommodation requested in these cases is extended time testing. Our office will be happy to meet with you to discuss which program is more appropriate.
Q: Does the LEP send out a list of students who are in the program to all of their professors?
A: No. We protect the students' right to privacy. A student may not need accommodations in a particular class and so will choose not to identify him or herself as having a learning disability. Students must identify themselves, however, if they desire accommodations. If a student does choose to disclose his or her learning disability to professors, we will assist the student.
Q: Is it possible for a student with a learning disability to get to college without ever having been identified? What can be done to help these students?
A: Each year, the LEP sees several students who have never been diagnosed with a learning disability who are referred to our program by their professors. Often professors refer students who they know are working hard and asking questions but still getting poor grades. These students may receive testing and evaluations for possible learning disabilities at University Counseling and Behavioral Health. If a learning disability is detected, students may then apply to be in the LEP.
Q : What kinds of behaviors might indicate the existence of a learning disability?
- Students who: work hard, participate in class, and have obviously done the homework, yet do poorly on tests.
- Students who frequently misunderstand either oral or written directions.
- Students who have erratic and sometimes bizarre spelling in their work.
- Students who say they have a history of working hard in school yet still receive poor grades.
Q: Do students with learning challenges and/or ADHD take the same classes as other students?
A: Yes. Students with learning challenges and/or ADHD must complete the same requirements as any other student at the University of Denver. The only exception to this is in the area of foreign language. Many students with learning challenges have extreme difficulty learning a foreign language.In those cases, students may petition to take substitution classes that meet the cultural requirements of a foreign language class. click here for more information.
Q:Do LEP students graduate in 4 years, or does it take longer?
A: LEP students can graduate in four years, even if they take a reduced course load their first quarter at DU. Students often take only 12 or 13 credits their first quarter as they adjust to the college environment, and eventually take 16-18 credits a quarter. Interterm sessions (between quarters) and summer courses can also be used to pick up additional credit hours. To graduate in 4 years, students need to average 15 credits per quarter.
Q: My student wants to study abroad - can students with LD/ADHD study abroad and be successful?
A: Study abroad is an outstanding opportunity that can enhance students' academic lives, change and open their world view, and offer experiences that create a lifetime of memories. LEP students are encouraged to explore the multitude of study abroad programs available to them and consult their LEP counselors regarding accommodation issues and considerations.