What are accommodations?
Accommodations are adaptations and changes made to elements of a student's postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student's impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:
- Any student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive accommodations and services from Student Disability Services
- The purpose of accommodations are to reduce or eliminate barriers to equal access
- Accommodations are not a guarantee for success, but rather seek to promote non-discrimination and equal access opportunities
- Accommodations are not student preferences; they are determined through an established review process based on documentation received regarding the student's disability
- The law does not require institutions to waive specific courses or academic requirements considered essential to a particular program or degree. Rather, they are mandated to modify existing requirements on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability
A student who has a temporary illness (e.g. cold or flu), or is recovering from surgery not based on a long-term condition would not be considered to have a disability.
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.
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.
Accommodations for attendance and deadlines
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.
Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a variety of services including Interpretering Services for all academic activities (e.g. class lecture, group work, tutoring). For scheduling and information regarding this or other accommodations please contact kendalls [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Services%20for%20Deaf%20and%20Hard%20of%20Hearing) (Student Disability Services).
St. Edward’s University provides reasonable housing accommodations in the residence halls and apartments. Student Disability Services (SDS) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for housing accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, he/she may be eligible to receive a housing accommodation. SDS and Residence Life work collaboratively in order to provide appropriate housing accommodations for students who are eligible for on-campus housing. Assignments are made directly by Residence Life and are dependent on room availability. Late requests may result in an accommodation not being available.
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