Accommodation Process: How to Request and Receive Academic Accommodations
Students must request to receive accommodations due to disability need by completing the following process:
- Apply and be accepted for admission to Florida State University through the standard admissions process.
- Provide current and comprehensive documentation of a diagnosed disability to the Student Disability Resource Center (Documentation criteria and forms can be found on our website at dos.fsu.edu/sdrc)
- Register with the Student Disability Resource Center
- Student must complete the initial intake meeting in order to receive Letters of Accommodation (LOA)
- After the initial registration, students must renew their affiliation and request services at the beginning of each semester (through the completion of the online request for accommodation letters in Clockwork or in person in the SDRC) to continue receiving services.
REGISTERING WITH THE STUDENT DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
It is the student's responsibility to make his/her accommodation needs known and to provide the appropriate documentation to support the need for the requested accommodations. Students are also responsible for renewing their affiliation and services with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) each semester. It is important for students to remember that under ADA accommodations are provided to ensure equal access. A student has the right to succeed or fail in a course based on his/her academic performance. College accommodations in no way guarantee a student success in a course.
Documentation can be submitted for review at any time during the year as long as the documentation is for a currently registered student or any incoming student that has accepted their offer of admission. However, all documentation provided to the Student Disability Resource Center within the last 21 class days will be processed for the following semester. No exceptions will be made to this policy. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for and obtain accommodations in a reasonable time frame within the semester.
Documentation submitted to the Student Disability Resource Center is confidential and used solely for the purpose of assisting students in identifying and securing accommodations and services to support their full participation at Florida State University. Affiliation with the Student Disability Resource Center is not reported on a student’s transcript.
For further information regarding documentation, documentation guidelines, and documentation forms, please visit the Student Disability Resource Center website (dos.fsu.edu/sdrc). Documentation can be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered in person.
WHEN DOCUMENTATION IS RECEIVED
Once documentation is received, it will be processed through the main office. This process can take up to 10 business days, so it is essential that the student plans ahead. A disability specialist in the office will review the student's application and documentation and determine if the documentation meets Florida State's documentation guidelines and supports the need for accommodations.
AFTER DOCUMENTATION IS REVIEWED
Once a student's application and documentation have been received by the SDRC an initial intake meeting can be scheduled. An intake meeting must be scheduled at least 3 working days after both the application and documentation are received by an SDRC staff member so that a disability specialist has the appropriate amount of time to review the submitted materials. It is the Student Disability Resource Center’s policy that our students are responsible for their success; therefore the student is required to contact the Office to schedule his/her appointment. Parents are only permitted to attend the student’s initial intake meeting with the student’s expressed consent.
During a students' initial intake meetings they will engage in conversation with the disability specialist regarding the academic accommodations for which they are eligible. During this meeting the students will have the opportunity to select which approved accommodations they would like to use for the upcoming semester. Appropriate accommodations are determined by the disability specialist and student based on the type of disability, documented needs, previous accommodations, and functional limitations of the student. The student has the opportunity to review these selections during the LOA request process each academic semester.
The SDRC is also able to assist students with temporary disabling conditions (i.e. broken hand).
SDRC Testing Center
The SDRC works to ensure that appropriate testing accommodations are provided for students who are eligible for services. Specific information regarding SDRC testing policies and procedures is provided to students during their initial intake meeting. Students also have the option of testing at the FSU Testing Center, however, for students requesting testing accommodations we strongly recommend that they test at the SDRC. It is the students' responsibility to ensure that they have followed all applicable policies and procedures and met all stated Testing deadlines.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS & CART SERVICES
The Student Disability Resource Center offers sign language interpreter and CART services for academic purposes to qualified students registered with the department. Students must apply for services, be accepted, and complete an intake prior to receiving these services.
Students with disabilities who experience physical barriers on campus are encouraged to contact the SDRC for assistance. Additionally, students who find themselves in need of special furniture in classrooms should contact the SDRC as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made with the facilities team.
RESOURCES AND REFERRALS
Although The Student Disability Resource Center does not offer disability evaluation and/or testing, off campus transportation, assistance with personal expenses or personal attendants, SDRC does provide resources and referral information. Please email, call, or drop by the office with any referral needs.