In order to receive academic, meal plan, or housing accommodations, students must be registered with SSWD. All requests for accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by a Disability Specialist. Students can register with SSWD at any point during their academic career, but we strongly recommend that this process begin as early as possible as accommodations are not retroactive. Accommodations do not ensure academic success, but they provide equal access to success during a student’s time at Loyola University.
What is a reasonable accommodation?
According to Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act & the Americans with Disabilities Act, a reasonable accommodation is:
"a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, or activity that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access. Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability. Only the peripheral requirements of courses, programs, and activities are subject to modification; essential elements of courses, programs, and activities must remain intact."
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 orally 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
Please note that Loyola does not provide aides, services, or devices for personal use or study. Additionally, any accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of the course work, the materials assigned, or are unduly burdensome financially or administratively will not be provided.