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What is Student Disability Services?

Student Disability Services (SDS) provides academic adjustments (accommodations), academic counseling and referral services to students with disabilities at St. Edward's University. We also support faculty in implementing these accommodations through consultation, collaboration, and training.

What is the ADAAA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA) is the civil rights guarantee for persons with disabilities in the United States. It states that "no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such entity". The Act of 2008 retains the ADA's basic definition of "disability", however, it changes the way these statutory terms should be interpreted.

What is Section 504?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides for "reasonable accommodations" for qualified individuals and requires that these persons not be excluded from, denied access to, or subjected to discrimination under any program. In addition to reasonable accommodations, Section 504 requires acces to participation in all programs, facilitates communications for people with hearing or visual disabilities, and provides accessible construction and alteration in physical facilities.

How can students be accommodated at St. Edward's University?

Student Disability Services provides a variety of accommodations to students here on campus.

How are accommodations determined?

  • Students must present documentation of a disability to Student Disability Services. 
  • A disability counselor will interview the student, review the documentation and deterrmine the appropriate accommdations.

Is student documentation confidential?

A student's diagnosis is generally considered confidential as are the documents they provide to Student Disability Services. There are times a student's information may be shared on a need to know basis with University officials in keeping with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

How do I file a petition for a late withdrawal from a course because of my disability?

You should complete the Student Petition for Administrative Schedule Adjustment and Refund Request found on the Registrar's site under Forms.  All instructions about submitting the form are provided in the document. 

How do I file an incomplete for a course?

You should follow the procedures for filing an incomplete as outlined in the following student bulletins:

How do I file a grievance of discrimination on the basis of my disability?

See Grievance Procedure

Have More Questions About:

How do I register with Student Disabililty Services?

How do I make an appointment with a disability counselor?

How do I request a 504 Accommodation Letter?

How do I sign up for a test?

Faculty FAQs

Do I need to know the nature of the student's disability?

Our responsibility is to keep all documentation and diagnoses confidential. There are times when students are comfortable discussing their disability with professors, but in most cases students choose not to disclose the nature of their disability. Faculty may contact the student’s disability counselor to find out helpful ways to work with a particular student.

Is student documentation confidential?

A student's disagnosis is generally considered confidential as are the documents they provide to SDS. There are times when a student's information may be shared on a need to know basis with University officials in keep with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

What are appropriate 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.

How are accommodations determined?

  • Students must present documentation of a disability to Student Disability Services.
  • A disability counselor will interview the student, review the documentation and determine the appropriate accommodations.

What should I discuss with the student when I am presented with a Letter of Accommodation?

It is important to lay a framework about how you and the student will work together through the semester. Student Disability Services recommends that professors meet with the student confidentially regarding: 

  • In what manner accommodations should be requested (email, in-person, etc.)
  • Expectations about the accommodation/s implementation in your class
  • If pertinent, how flexibility with deadlines and/or attendance impacts the integrity of the course and/or technical standards of the program

What is my role in providing access to the SDS Testing Center?

After a student has shared an accommodation letter (with testing accommodations noted) and has requested to take his or her exam in the Testing Center, faculty should:

  1. Deliver exams via email (sdstest [at] stedwards.edu) or in person to Moody Hall 155.
  2. Provide all relevant information or complete the SDS Testing Center Exam Instruction Sheet:
    • Time allowed in class for exam
    • Deadline to administer the exam (date, time, or if allowing flexible schedule for administration)
    • Materials allowed to use while student is testing (excluding SDS accommodations).
    • Method of delivery (pick up, or scan and email)
      • If you choose to have the completed test emailed, this will be done at the end of the day by the Testing Coordinator.
      • Due to security concerns, we will no longer be returning tests via campus mail.

What are my grading responsibilities if a student cannot pass the course requirements while using accommodations?

Students with disabilities are required to meet the same academic standards as other students. They should demonstrate, as any other student, that they have met the learning objectives of your course as stated in your syllabus.  If you are concerned about a student's progress in your course, please contact his or her disability counselor for consultation.

What should I do if I think a student in my class has a disability and I do not have an accommodation letter from him/her?

Refer him or her to Student Disability Services.  A student must follow the Student Disability Services procedure for requesting accommodation in order to qualify for academic accommodation. Most students with disabilities self-identify to the Student Disability Services early in their college experience, however, some students attend college with an undiagnosed disability. Instructor’s observations in the classroom are invaluable, and a referral to the Student Disability Services office to discuss their learning difficulties may result in a referral for further testing and a long overdue diagnosis. 

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Student responsibilities with the SDS Testing Center
Faculty information
Flexibility with course attendance and/or course deadlines