Procedures for Requesting Accommodations - Disability Services | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Procedures for Requesting Accommodations

    Student Academic Support Services (SASS) provides services and accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student to provide information that verifies the student's condition meets the definition of a disability as defined by applicable laws (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008). The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

    Sources of information used for determining a disability and/or accommodations may include a student’s self-report, direct observation and interaction with the student, and documentation from qualified evaluators or professionals. For additional information, please see General Guidelines for Documentation.

    Federal Law requires that requests for services for student with disabilities be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis. Students should adhere to the following procedures when requesting accommodations:

    1. Provide Student Academic Support Services with current documentation of a disability. Ideally, documentation should be within the last three years.
    2. Once documentation has been reviewed, the student will be contacted by phone call or FUS e-mail address. The student is then required to schedule a time with the SASS Director for an Intake Appointment.
    3. Prior to the appointment, the student should complete an Intake Form. This self-report provides the student an opportunity to describe his/her disability experiences related to the disability, barriers faced, previous accommodations used (both effective and ineffective), and accommodations he/she is hoping to receive.
    4. During the Intake Appointment, the student and SASS Director will discuss the provided documentation and the student’s Intake Form. The SASS Director will consider all relevant information when determining eligibility for accommodations.
    5. The student will formally apply for accommodations, services, and/or auxiliary aids. If approved, the student will receive copies of his/her Eligibility Letter to provide to each instructor. The student’s Eligibility Letter describes the approved classroom and testing accommodations. The student must meet with each of his/her instructors during regular office hours to discuss his/her approved accommodations and resulting needs.
    6. All new students with academic accommodations are required to attend an initial SASS meeting. Topics covered during this meeting include the different policies and procedures regarding academic accommodations, test taking, scheduling of appointments, grievance procedures, and additional services available.
    7. For best service, students are encouraged to schedule biweekly progress meetings with the SASS Director. This is to help ensure continuous progress and ongoing evaluation of accommodations.
    8. All students receiving accommodations will be emailed important dates, procedures, and announcements throughout the semester. Thus, it is vital for students to check their FUS email for important mailings.
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