Student Academic Support Services (SASS) provides services and accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student to provide information that verifies the student’s condition meets the definition of a disability as defined by applicable federal and state laws. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Sources of information used for determining if a student qualifies for accommodations based upon the impact of a disability includes documentation from qualified evaluators or medical professionals, a student’s self-report, and/or direct observation and interaction with the student. Requests for services for student with disabilities will be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis. Students should adhere to the following procedures when requesting accommodations:
- Gather current and appropriate documentation of a disability. Ideally, documentation should be completed within the last three years. Students with learning disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD are expected to submit their most recent psychoeducational evaluation. Students with medical, visual, or hearing related disabilities should have their treating practitioner complete the appropriate Verification of a Disability form. For additional information, please see the General Guidelines for Documentation tab. Please note that while Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans are valuable resources of information, these generally do not include vital diagnostic information and cannot be used as sole documentation of a disability.
- Complete the Application for Disability Services for all academic, housing, and dietary accommodation requests. This application allows the student an opportunity to self-report and describe his/her experiences related to the disability, barriers faced, previous accommodations used (both effective and ineffective), and accommodations he/she is hoping to receive.
- If requested, you will need to login to myfranciscan before completing the application.
- Make sure to attached appropriate documentation where required. Original or scanned pdf files are preferred.
- Please note there is a “Save & Finish Later” button at the bottom of the form which you can click if you need to save progress and resume at a later date.
- After your application and documentation have been received, please allow up to ten business days for SASS staff to review your file and contact you to schedule an Intake Meeting.
- During the Intake Meeting, the student and SASS Director will discuss information gathered from the application and submitted documentation materials, and the student will formally apply for accommodations, services, and/or auxiliary aids.
- If approved for accommodations, the student will schedule a follow-up appointment to receive and review copies of his/her Eligibility Letters to provide to each instructor (for academic accommodations) or to share with Residence Life Staff (for housing and dietary accommodations).
- All new students with academic accommodations are required to attend an initial SASS New Student Meeting. Topics covered during this meeting include the different policies and procedures regarding academic accommodations, testing services, scheduling of appointments, grievance procedures, and additional available programs.
- For best service, students are encouraged to schedule biweekly progress meetings with the SASS Director during their first semester. This is to help ensure continuous progress and ongoing evaluation of accommodation needs.