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 the Disability Services Staff.
If a student does not believe that he or she is receiving requested academic adjustment and/or auxiliary aid, the student must meet with one of the Directors of Disability Services immediately.
Listed below are procedures for the most common academic adjustments:
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Students who have a documented need for access to shared notes may choose to arrange their own notesharing with a classmate or ask Disability Services to arrange a volunteer on their behalf. Students receiving notetaking services are encouraged to take an audio recorder to class in case the notetaker is absent.
After three absences by a student during the quarter, Disability Services will assume that the student has dropped the class and services will be discontinued. To discuss the reinstatement of services, the student must meet with one of the Directors of Disability Services.
The Disability Services staff can arrange peer notetakers to share their class notes with a student. To request this service, the student must mark the appropriate space on the Accommodations Request Form. Requests which include staff arrange notes should be submitted as soon as possible. Switching sections or making other schedule changes may present delays in providing services. Students should inform Disability Services when such changes arise.
To request shared notes, Disability Services staff will email the class roster to obtain a peer volunteer. Should no volunteer step forward after two emails, the professor will be asked to make an in-class, confidential announcement that a notetaker is still needed for the class.
Once a notetaker has been assigned, the student and his or her notetaker will be given each other's contact information to discuss specific needs and expectations, and arrange a schedule for delivery of the notes. The volunteer notetaker’s Seattle University ID card will be activated by Disability Services to make copies on any on-campus machine. To do so, the volunteer must sign a confidentiality agreement at Disability Services.
A student may choose to find their own volunteer notetaker. To request this accommodation, the student must mark the appropriate space on the Accommodations Request Form. Once a volunteer has been arranged, the student may ask to have their Seattle University ID card activated to make copies on any on-campus machine. Volunteers may also have their Seattle University ID card activated, by signing a confidentiality agreement at Disability Services.Back to Top
Some students may choose to audio record class lectures. 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.Back to Top
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.
Full-time equivalency must be requested each quarter using an Accommodations Request Form. After the request is established, a Disability Services staff will notify the Financial Aid and Registrar’s Offices of the need and specify the amount of reduction for the requested quarter.
The student needs 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. One of the Directors of Disability Services can assist the student with that meeting.Back to Top
Students with a disability may qualify for early registration based on the criteria listed below:
Students whose disabilities have a documented, significant effect on learning a foreign language may request approval for an alternative option that satisfies the foreign language requirement. Substitution of history and culture classes for the usual language sequence is the most common alternate approved. Upon first request, 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 his or her academic advisor and complete a “Petition for Exception to Policy” form. Copies of this form are available at Disability Services.
Disability Services will make available a list of approved courses for substitution each quarter.Back to Top
Disability Services can arrange with the Registrar’s Office to change the location of a class or with Facilities to provide special furniture for students who have a documented need.
To ensure enrollment in courses which accommodate need for specific class time and locations, the student should participate in early registration. If further assistance is needed or for special furniture is required, the student must submit an Accommodations Request Form noting this request. To ensure sufficient time to change the location of a class and/or place special furniture, the student should submit a request prior to the start of the quarter.Back to Top
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:
Disability Services can loan FM listening systems and tape recorders to students who have a documented need for them on a short term emergency basis until the student obtains his or her own equipment.
Before borrowing equipment, the student will meet with one of the Directors of Disability Services 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" form at Disability Services. Borrowed equipment must be turned in at the end of the quarter. Borrowed items must be returned 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.Back to Top