Student Accessibility Services

Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) makes every reasonable effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and the Fair Housing Act. In keeping with this commitment, Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) may be necessary to address the personal needs of a student with a disability so that he/she can participate in the College's activities, services, and programs.

An otherwise qualified student who requires personal attendant services must make arrangements to provide for his/her own personal attendant service. The College does not assume coordination or financial responsibilities for personal attendant services.

It is the student's responsibility to:

  • Submit appropriate documentation to the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) that supports the necessity of having a PCA.
  • Secure a PCA prior to attending any college-related activity (i.e. placement testing, enrollment, or class attendance). The College will not be responsible for providing a PCA.
  • Notify SAS of the PCA names.
  • Notify SAS of any changes in PCA.
  • Direct the activities of the PCA while at UNI.
  • Have a back-up plan or alternative plan of action should the regular PCA not be available to work with him/her on a particular day or in a particular class.
  • Follow the College's policies and abide by the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Pay for all PCA services or secure payment through a third party.
  • If the student requests the PCA to take notes, the college cannot pay the PCA as a note-taker.Note-taker services may be obtained through Student Accessibility Services.

Personal Care Attendant is expected to:

  • Follow all applicable college policies, rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Allow the student to take responsibility for his/her own progress in class.
  • Refrain from participating in class discussions.
  • Refrain from engaging in or intervening in conversations between the student and faculty, staff, or other students.
  • Refrain from discussing any confidential information about the student with faculty, staff, or students.
  • Stay outside of the classroom and wait for the student unless given permission by Student Accessibility Services.
  • PCAs are not allowed to proctor tests.

It is not the responsibility of UNI to provide services to meet the personal needs (actions needed regardless of whether the person is a student or not) of the student.  Example of those services may include, but are not limited to, transfer from a car/van to a wheelchair; transportation to or from the classroom, administrating medication; addressing toilet, feeding or dressing needs.