Academic Accommodations

Documentation Requirement

Student Academic Support Services works with each student on a case-by-case basis to determine and implement appropriate accommodations based on documentation. Therefore, students who are requesting support services are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under the ADA of 1990. The documentation must include medical or psychological information from a certified professional. Complete guidelines for the type of documentation required are available upon request. The aforementioned guidelines are provided so that we can respond appropriately to the individual needs of the student. Student Academic Support Services reserves the right to determine eligibility for services based on the quality of the submitted documentation. All documentation is confidential.


In addition, we offer a fee based program for students requesting additional support. Some typical accommodations for various disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning Disabilities (including ADD, ADHD, and TBI ): note takers, alternative testing arrangements such as extra time, books on tape, computer with speech imput, separate testing room, taperecorders. Content tutors on campus are available and skills tutoring with a Grad Assistant is also available on a limited basis.
  • Mobility Impairments: note takers, scribes, lab assistants, assistance with writing homework and doing library research, alternative testing arrangements such as extra time, textbooks on tape, computer with speech imput
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing: note takers, sign language and oral interpreters
  • Visual Impairments: textbooks on tape, lecture notes, handouts, tests on disk or enlarged, computer with speech imput, Zoom Text and a scanner, alternative testing arrangements such as extra time
  • Health Impairments: note takers, flexible attendance requirements, alternative testing arrangements such as extra time, schedule modification
  • Psychological Disorders: notetakers, time extensions, alternative testing arrangements such as extra time, schedule modification
  • For All Students with Disabilities:
  • SASS maintians a testing center that provides a place for students requiring accomodations to take their tests
  • SASS provides basic training for and use of assistive technology (Kurzweil 3000, Inspiration, TextHelp, RFB recorders, etc)
  • SASS provides assistance with course selection and course scheduling
  • SASS runs workshops and open study sessions
  • SASS provides basic accommodations, such as notetakers and books on tape, that by law, any student with a disability is entitled to.

Services Not Provided

Student Academic Support Services does not provide the following:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for determining disabilities
  • Special classes for students with disabilities
  • A reduced standard for academic performance
  • Exemption from graduation requirements (some substitutions are allowed)