In addition to general policies and student responsibilities, there are detailed procedures for specific academic adjustments. Other procedures will be worked out on an individual basis between the student and Disability Services Staff.
If a student does not believe that they are receiving requested academic adjustment and/or auxiliary aid, the student must meet with a Disability Services staff member immediately.
Disability Services can loan FM listening systems, Livescribe Pens, and audio note taking software to students who have a documented need for them on a short term basis until the student obtains their own equipment.
Before borrowing equipment, the student will meet with a Disability Services staff member to determine the type of equipment needed and to discuss its use and care.
When checking out a device, the student will be asked to sign an "Equipment Loan" and "Recorded Lecture Agreement" form at Disability Services. Borrowed equipment must be returned at the end of the quarter in working order. Students are responsible for any damage due to improper use of the equipment.
In some situations, equipment can be borrowed for additional quarters per approval from Disability Services.
Students with a disability may qualify for early registration based on the criteria listed below:
Students whose disabilities have a significant documented effect on learning a foreign language may request approval for an alternative option that satisfies the foreign language requirement. Substitution of global history and culture classes for the usual language sequence are the most common alternates approved. Upon approval, one of the Directors of Disability Services will send a letter to the Registrar’s Office explaining the language substitution accommodation.
To request a substitution, the student must meet with their academic advisor and complete a “Petition for Exception to Policy” form. Copies of this form are available at Disability Services.
Disability Services will create a Foreign Language Substitution (FLS) List each quarter.
Some students may be granted permission to audio record class lectures as an accommodation. Students with this accommodation may use their own recording device or check one out temporarily at Disability Services. Students planning on audio recording class lectures are encouraged to communicate this with their faculty prior to recording.
Disability Services can arrange with the Registrar’s Office and/or Facilities to change the location of a class or to provide accessible classroom furniture for students who have a documented need.
To ensure enrollment in courses which accommodate a student's need for a specific class time, location, or accessible classroom furniture the student may be approved for early registration. Students should contact a Disability Services staff member after registering for their courses, minimally 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the quarter, to begin this process.
Students who have a documented need can arrange to take fewer than 12 credits per quarter (normally considered a part-time credit load), while maintaining their full-time status for financial aid purposes.
Students approved for full-time equivalency must submit a request via myDS each quarter they are enrolled in fewer than 12 credits using the Faculty Notification Letter (FNL) . After the request is received, a Disability Services staff member will notify the Financial Aid and Registrar’s Offices of the need and specify the amount of reduction for the requested quarter.
Students need to understand that the amount of some kinds of financial aid varies in proportion to the credit load of the student. Therefore, since 10 credit hours is considered to be 3/4 of a full load (or 1/4 less than a full load), some portions of the aid package may be reduced by 1/4. For details on the specific financial aid effects of reducing course load, the student needs to consult with a financial aid counselor.
Students with an approved accommodation for Notetaking Services may request a peer notetaker. The notes provided by a peer notetaker serve as a supplement to the notes the student takes during the class lectures.
Students can follow these steps to request for Notetaking Services:
Once the request is received:
Students should contact DS@seattleu.edu immediately when a change in status arises, such as dropping the class or switching sections. If the student receiving shared notes is absent for three or more classes, Notetaking Services may be discontinued. To discuss the reinstatement of services, the student must meet with a Disability Services staff member.
Interpreters or Captioners are provided for students with disabilities who require them in order to have effective access to classes. Technological alternatives may also be used when they provide effective access. Students should read the following procedures for interpreting and captioning services:
E-text refers to an accommodation for students with a disability that prevents them from reading course materials in a traditional format. It is an accommodation approved through the Disability Services (DS) Office that allows the student to request for course materials in an accessible format.
Before a request for e-text is submitted, do a search. To do a search for textbooks in an accessible format:
NOTE: If the textbook is already available for purchase in an accessible format, no e-text accommodation request is required on MyDS.
When the textbook is NOT available for purchse in an accessible format, request an e-text accommodation. To request e-text through MyDS:
The student will be notified once the electronic file is ready for download.
Videos: How to Search for Textbooks in an Accessible Format and When and How to Request E-text Through MyDS. Transcript of videos available upon request.
Students who use e-text may need a “text-to-speech” software program in order to listen to their textbooks. See the Alternative Media Software Guide
Students with questions about the process can call (206) 398-4116 or email the Media and Access Technology Coordinator.
Please call 206-296-5740, email DS@Seattleu.edu, or visit Disability Services in Loyola 100.