Student Responsibilities

  • Identify yourself as a student with a disability by contacting the ACCESS Coordinator for your campus.
  • Provide appropriate documentation verifying the disability. This may be brought to the meeting with the coordinator or faxed or mailed prior to the meeting. We are better able to help students if students provide us with adequate and recent documentation of their disability.
  • Meet with the Coordinator to review procedures, to review documentation and accommodation requests and to obtain your Faculty Accommodation Form. 
  • Identify yourself to faculty members by meeting with them to discuss the Faculty Accommodation Form provided by the ACCESS Coordinator. Discuss the details of who will be providing the needed accommodations (the professor or ACCESS). Obtain the faculty member's signature on the Accommodation form and return it to the Coordinator.
  • Obtain you advisor's signature on the Faculty Accommodation Form in order to let them know that you are a student with a disability.
  • Return the completed Faculty Accommodation Form and a copy of your class schedule to the ACCESS coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Meet with Coordinator periodically to discuss changes in needed accommodations, progress and concerns.
  • Communicate with your professors, attend class, and provide timely notification of your accommodation needs to your professors.
  • Work with any government (Vocational Rehabilitation or the VA) or private agencies/professionals who provide additional resources for documentation, financial aid, technology or accommodation needs.
  • Notify the Coordinator of any difficulties in securing needed accommodations or any changes in your needs.
  • Submit testing accommodation needs to the ACCESS Coordinator 4 working days in advance of any exam or class requiring accommodations to ensure that accommodations can be arranged. If the professor has agreed to provide testing accommodations, the specific needs, such as a separate room, should be confirmed with the professor at least 4 days before each exam. 
  • Submit requests for alternative text, captioning or interpreters as soon as early as possible or when you register for a class or event. Provide the Coordinator with your schedule, syllabi, textbook information, event information or video information early enough to permit arrangements or materials to be obtained. Failure to give notice or provide detailed information may result in your accommodations being delayed or your request being denied.
  • Notify the professor and the ACCESS Office as soon as possible of any changes in your needs. Additional medical documentation may be required if additional accommodations are requested.
  • Notify the ACCESS Coordinator of any cancellations or changes by email at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of the accommodation. This applies to accommodations for tests, interpreting services, CART services, C-Print services, lab aides or other specialized services or technology related to academic classes, events or labs. For non-academic events such as commencement or admissions, contact the office sponsoring the event to schedule or cancel accommodations. Disability Support Services may assist you in contacting the appropriate office.
  • Weekly Planner (.doc)
  • Accommodated Testing Policies

Tips for Success

  • Sit in front of the class in close proximity to the teacher.
  • School is your job - Go to all your classes. Be on time. Be prepared. Be respectful of others.
  • Study with a classmate or group to get clarification and support.
  • If you have been approved for a notetaker, pick-up a notebook from DSS and ask your professor for assistance in finding a classmate who takes good notes. Take notes yourself to remain attentive and involved in the learning process.
  • Privately discuss the impact of your disability and appropriate accommodations with your instructor at the beginning of each semester, before each test or as needed.
  • Meet with your instructor during office hours to discuss academic problems. He or she may be able to explain an unfamiliar concept, refer you to a tutor, or be willing to meet with you more regularly.
  • Find a quiet study area away from televisions, computers, cell phones and friends. 
  • Schedule short "stretch" breaks every 30 to 60 minutes during studying. 
  • Schedule time studying throughout the day. Study first and socialize later.
  • Plan a realistic schedule. If reading or writing is a problem, do not schedule too many of these types of classes during the same semester.
  • Request audio-books or alternative print from DSS or use reading software such as Readplease available on the web.
  • Work with Disability Support Services or the Academic Resource Center to find out how you learn most effectively.
  • Using flash cards or highlighting notes in different colors for different types of information may be helpful. Try using an approach that best suits your learning style.
  • Schedule a well-balanced day and week. Plan fun activities, get enough sleep, exercise and eat right.
  • When a class is difficult or you are getting behind, seek out the Academic Resource Center or contact Disability Support Services.
  • Help for test anxiety, stress management strategies and personal and group counseling are available through the Counseling Center (CAPS) located in Linden House.
  • Contact the Student Health Center if you require medical or psychological services for an acute or chronic medical condition.
  • Take all medication only as prescribed by your doctor and get refills in a timely manner.