Loyola University Chicago

Services for Students with Disabilities

Student Academic Services

FAQs

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How do I receive accommodations at Loyola University Chicago?

In order to receive academic, meal plan, or housing accommodations, students must be registered with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD). All requests for accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by a Disability Specialist. Accommodations are individualized and flexible. To register with SSWD students must:

1. Complete an Intake Form 2017Please download the form to save a copy. Please submit via email to sswd@luc.edu. You may also fax or mail the form, but email is the preferred method. 

2. Submit Documentation. Documentation guidelines can be found here. Please submit via email to sswd@luc.edu. You may also fax or mail the form, but email is the preferred method. 

3. Meet with a Disability Specialist. SSWD staff will contact you to set up an appointment once we have received all information from Steps 1 and 2. Appointments can be face-to-face, phone or Skype but must be coordinated in advance.

When can I register to receive accommodations?

Students can register with SSWD at any point during their academic career, but we strongly recommend that this process begin as early as possible. If a new incoming student is seeking accommodations related to housing, we strongly encourage them to complete the registration process before May 1. Any housing accommodation that is requested after May 1 may result in waitlist. Students seeking academic accommodations are encouraged to complete them prior to the beginning of the semester.

Can I bring my documentation to orientation?

Students can bring documentation to SSWD during orientation - we are located in Sullivan Center room 117. Students that have submitted their intake and documentation can meet with disability Specialist from SSWD during the summer. Orientation days are very busy we encourage students to schedule an appointment for the day after or before orientation. Appointment with a specialist from the office of SSWD are required but can be conducted in person, via Skype or by phone. 

Can I meet with SSWD during orientation/summer?

Students that have submitted their intake and documentation can meet with disability Specialist from SSWD during the summer. Orientation days are very busy we encourage students to schedule an appointment for the day after or before orientation. Appointment with a specialist from the office of SSWD are required but can be conducted in person, via Skype or by phone. 

Can I bring my emotional support animal on-campus?

Student with a documented disability that includes an accommodation of emotional support animal can bring it to campus only after registering at SSWD. In order to register, students must complete an intake form and provide documentation of their disability that details the impact it has on their functioning and documentation related to their animal. Once those steps are complete, students must meet with a Disability Specialist in order to review the accommodation request.

It is important to note, that we do not require students with service animals to register with SSWD, but we do encourage them to register with us. Contact SSWD if you’re not sure if your animal is a service animal or an emotional support animal.

Is there a separate orientation for students with disabilities?

There is not a separate orientation for students with disabilities. Instead, the SSWD staff recommend that you register for an early orientation session. To be clear, the reason there are not separate orientation sessions for students with disabilities is because the SSWD staff is very careful not to single out these students. Instead, students are encouraged to register with SSWD early so that accommodations can be made ahead of orientation.

Is there a separate move-in day for students with disabilities?

There is not a special move-in day set aside for students with disabilities. Housing accommodations need to be addressed prior to move-in day. For housing accommodations, SSWD must receive complete registration information and complete registration process with SSWD by May 1st. Any housing accommodation that is requested after May 1 may result in waitlist.