SSWD Policies & Procedures
- Evacuation Procedures
- General Policies
- Grievance Procedures
- SSWD Services
- Student Rights & Responsibilities
- Temporary Disability
- University Rights & Responsibilities
- Eligibility for services and accommodations is determined on an individual basis based on documented need.
- Self-disclosure and the submission of documentation can be initiated anytime during the year. However, reasonable time must be allowed before the student can expect accommodations to be in place. Self-disclosure and documentation are required only if students plan to request accommodations.
- Students should provide information and documentation at a reasonably early date to allow time for the development and arrangement of appropriate accommodations. In some cases, several weeks' advance arrangement is needed.
- Accommodations cannot be retroactive. Accommodations begin only after documentation is received and reasonable time for accommodation development has been allowed.
In order to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, SSWD:
- Keeps confidential and private all information regarding a student's disability
- Determines the accommodations and services to be provided to a student, taking into consideration the student's documentation, preferences, available resources and course requirements
- Explains the process for the provision of accommodations and services to the student verbally and in writing
- With student consent, notifies the student's instructors in writing, certifying that a student has a disability and stating recommended academic accommodations
- With student consent, notifies appropriate university staff and administrators of non-academic accommodations and services such as housing, recreation, safety, counseling, financial aid, transportation, health services, employment, insurance and other co-curricular activities
Confidentiality is extremely important in all matters pertaining to students with disabilities. Information regarding a student's disability is only shared with other university personnel if there is a legitimate reason to do so and with the student's written permission.
Faculty members are not told the specific nature of a student's disability, unless the student provides SSWD with written permission. Faculty may not identify students as having a disability nor disclose their accommodations without the student's written permission. Students are encouraged to communicate openly with faculty regarding their accommodations.
SSWD provides accommodations for students with permanent disabilities only. Students with temporary disabilities are encouraged to contact the dean’s office of their college or school and the Wellness Center to find out what services are available to them. Examples of temporary disabilities include: a broken arm/leg, recent surgery, a short-term illness or an injury.