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The Accommodation Process: Step- By- Step

Parents and guardians are welcome to inquire about the policies, procedures, and support services available through Student Disability Services; however, the student must be the one to self-disclose a disability and request accommodations.

  • The process of requesting accommodations begins with the student completing the Self –Disclosure Form. The Self –Disclosure Form needs to be completed by the student in his/her words, using the most comfortable mode of response for written expression (handwritten, typewritten or dictation software). 

  • The completed Self –Disclosure Form will remain confidential and should be returned to The Coordinator of Student Disability Services (mail, email, fax, or personally delivered).  It can be returned alone, or with supporting documentation.

  • First Year Students desiring accommodations are strongly encouraged to complete The Self -Disclosure Form and return it along with all necessary supporting documentation to Student Disability Services during the summer before arriving on campus in the fall. This will help speed up the accommodation process for the fall.

  • All supporting documentation should be submitted to Student Disability Services, along with The Self- Disclosure Form, as soon as possible.  Accommodations cannot be determined until The Self -Disclosure Form and Supporting Documentation have been received by Student Disability Services.

  • Accommodations will be determined after all required documentation has been received and reviewed by the Student Disability Services Director. Accommodations will be discussed and determined during a one- on -one confidential meeting between the student and The Director of Student Disability Services, typically after the student arrives on campus in the fall. 

  •  Priority consideration will be given to The Student Self- Disclosure and The Self -Reported Educational History the student shares in the confidential interview with The Student Disability Services Director.  

  • If the documentation provided is not adequate to determine reasonable accommodations, The Director of Student Disability Services reserves the right to request updated assessments or additional evaluations.

  • ADA Accommodation letters are issued to the student at the conclusion of the initial meeting between the student and The Student Disability Services Director if it is mutually agreed that accommodations are needed and necessary. The student will leave the initial meeting with accommodation letters in his or her possession.

  • Accommodation letters are addressed to each faculty and/ or staff member designated by the student. The ” ADA Letter of Accommodation” shares the specific accommodations for the student, but the letter does not include a diagnosis or sensitive information related to the student’s disability.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to request a private appointment with each recipient of the “ ADA Letter of Accommodation” and reach a mutual understanding on how the accommodations will be implemented. This meeting should typically happen within a week of the date the letter is issued. Accommodations are not retroactive.

  • Accommodations must be renewed each semester. It is the responsibility of the student to contact Student Disability Services and request updated academic accommodation letters for each semester.