Classroom Accommodations

Physical Accessibility: A classroom must be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Student Disability Services collaborates with the Facilities Department to provide equal access. Alterations may include: relocation of classes or class-related activities, classroom modifications, or structural alterations.

Use of recorder or computer for note taking: Students may use any device (e.g. phone, tablet, laptop, digital voice recorder, SmartPen) to record lecture or type notes. 

Note taking assistance: Students may qualify to have a peer note taker in class or have access to faculty notes if available.

Alternative format for class materials: Students may qualify to have access to class materials in an alternative format (e.g. enlarged, electronic, Braille, video captioning).  Faculty should provide equal access to all class materials.

Testing Accommodations

Extended time on exams/quizzes: This accommodation can be provided by Student Disability Services in the SDS Testing Center located in Moody Hall 155, or by the professor in an alternate location. The amount of extended time granted will depend on the nature of the disability and will be determined on a case by case basis.

Exams/quizzes in alternate space: This accommodation can be provided by Student Disability Services in the SDS Testing Center located in Moody Hall 155, or by the professor in an alternate location. 

Use of a 4-function calculator: Students can use a 4-function calculator on exams in keeping with the academic integrity of the course.

Use of a Reader for exams/quizzes: Students with print disabilities may qualify to have exams/quizzes read aloud.  This accommodation is typically provided by the SDS Testing Center using screen reading software.

Use of Scribe for exams/quizzes: Students with print disabilities may qualify to have exams/quizzes scribed by a SDS staff member.  This may include transferring written responses or oral responses onto Scantrons or into text.

Computer for exams/ quizzes: Students may qualify to use a computer for exams or quizzes containing short answer and/or essay questions.  In either of these situations, the SDS Testing Center can provide computer access without access to the internet.

Flexibility

Flexibility with Attendance, Class Breaks, Deadlines, and Tardies: Students may qualify for various types of flexibility in order to manage disability-related symptoms. The level of flexibility is determined by the professor in keeping with the integrity of the course and the technical standards of the program.

Reduced Course Load

Students may qualify for a reduced course load. Unlike part-time status, authorization for a reduced course load permits a student to register for a course load that is less than full-time, while still being considered a full-time student.

Modern Language Course Substitution

Some students with disabilities experience difficulty with learning a modern language. The decision to grant a substitution is based on reasonable accommodations, an individual's learning history, documentation of a disability that impairs modern language acquisition, and future educational goals.

ASL Interpretation

Students with Deaf or hard of hearing impairments may use an ASL Interpreter for all academic activities (e.g. class lecture, group work, tutoring). For scheduling and more information please contact Student Disability Services.

Housing Accommodation

St. Edward’s University provides reasonable housing accommodations in the residence halls and apartments. Student Disability Services determines qualification for Assistance Animal requests. Residence Life oversees all other housing accommodations requests.