Disability Services

About Disability Services

Registering with Disability Services is an interactive process that involves student self-report, a Disability Services Specialist’s observation and interaction, and information from external sources (e.g., documentation from a healthcare provider). Disability Services collaborates with students to provide reasonable accommodations that are individualized and based on documentation, functional limitations, and a collaborative assessment of needs. Examples of academic accommodations include (but are not limited to):

  • Audio recording lectures (e.g., SmartPen)
  • Assistive technology
  • Sign Language Interpreters/Transliterators
  • Furniture modifications
  • Reduced distraction environment for tests, exams, and quizzes
  • Additional time/breaks for tests, exams, and quizzes
  • Foreign language and quantitative reasoning exemptions
  • Priority registration (Fall and Spring semesters only)
  • Reduced course load
  • Physical access–every effort is made to reduce barriers to classrooms and other university facilities. Students with accessibility concerns should contact Disability Services as soon as they become aware of the need for this type of accommodation.



Disability Services ensures equal access to George Mason University’s programs and services for qualified students with disabilities.  A qualified student with a disability is a student with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the university’s education program and services. As defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a person has a disability if he/she:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
  • has a record of such an impairment; or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.

In order to determine eligibility for services and fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids, Disability Services may request reasonable and current documentation of the reported impairment, condition, and/or disability. 



Examples of academic accommodations:

  • Extended time on tests/assignments
  • Interpreting services
  • Note-taking services
  • Reduced course-load

Other accommodations:

  • Foreign language and quantitative reasoning exemptions
  • Housing-related


Any documentation from healthcare providers or students will be kept confidential and only the staff of Disability Services have access to the documentation. A designated Mason Korea employee may access the documentation in case translation is needed. Students will be given a chance to provide permission to the staff of Disability Services to release academic accommodations and disability-related information to other campus departments and individuals on an as-needed basis.

Prescription Medication

Certain prescriptions are prohibited in Korea and without the proper documentation and approval, students would not be allowed to bring in the medication.

International visitors must submit a written application to the Narcotics Control Division of the Korean  Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) before traveling.  Please contact the MFDS for the application procedure and up-to-date information at +82-43-719-2813 or by e-mail at narcotics@korea.kr.

The Korean Customs Service at Incheon Airport has authority over which medications will be allowed to be carried into the country. 

For more information, please look into their website http://www.mfds.go.kr/eng/index.do 

General Advice and Recommendations:

  • Investigate how to obtain the same or equivalent medications before departure, in case a replacement is needed due to loss, inadequate supply due to travel interruptions, or the need to resupply maintenance medications if the trip is long-term.
  • Carry a written list of all medications taken, including trade and generic names, to facilitate obtaining medications.
  • If unable to determine whether the same drug is available (or whether an equivalent version of a medication exists internationally), work with a health care provider (in the home country or locally at the destination) or with a local pharmacist to select an effective alternative medication.
  • In general, mailing or couriering any kind of medication from one country to another is illegal.

    Bringing Prescriptions from Outside of Korea:


Register for Services

Contact Joanna Park, Senior Coordinator for Student Care and Conduct, who will connect you with Disability Services on the Fairfax campus.

  Mason Korea Campus Fairfax Campus
Point of Contact Joanna Park  
Senior Coordinator for Student Care and Conduct
Disability Services
Student Union Building 1 (SUB 1)
Suite 2500, MSN 5C9
Contact Information Phone: +82-32-626-5071
Fax: +82-32-626-5402
Email: spark214@gmu.edu
Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm
Phone: 703-993-2474
Fax: 703-993-4306
Website: https://ds.gmu.edu/
Email: ods@gmu.edu

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