Accessibility Services & Accommodations
Alfred University is dedicated to providing all students with full access to its facilities, student programs, activities, and services, as well as providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Services are intended to maximize independence and encourage the integration of students with disabilities into all areas of college life.
Who is eligible for Accessibility Services & Accommodations?
Students with disabilities may be eligible for Accessibility Services and accommodations. Assurance of equal educational opportunities rests upon legal foundations established by federal law, specifically Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. By federal law, a person with a disability is a person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment;
- has a record of such impairment; or
- is regarded as having such an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning.
Students with disabilities registered with The Center for Academic Success (CAS) will be assigned an Academic Consultant (advanced graduate student in School Psychology) to work with them to arrange accommodations and identify existing campus resources (Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Wellness Center, advisors, etc.). In addition, Academic Consultants will support self-advocacy development, time-management, organization, study skills, and test-taking strategies.
How do I request Academic Accommodations?
- Request desired accommodations by completing the Academic Accommodation Request Form
- Provide CAS with current medical, psychological, psycho-educational, or neuropsychological documentation indicating your disability and suggested accommodations
- Mail or drop-off all documents to CAS (see contact information below).
- Once the above information is submitted, CAS staff will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss your request, determine eligibility, and review departmental policies and procedures.
- If eligibility is established, a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) that outlines approved accommodations will be collaboratively developed with you for the semester. You must provide your LOA to your instructors.
- LOAs will be made available at the beginning of each semester or as soon as eligibility is determined.
- Students should meet with each of their instructors to discuss accommodation needs.
- Should the instructor have any questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact the student’s Academic Consultant, and/or the Director of CAS. It is the responsibility of the instructor to assure the confidentiality of information regarding students with disabilities.
What academic accommodations are available?
All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and should be discussed with the student’s Academic Consultant within the first two weeks of the semester, or as soon as the need for accommodation is determined to be appropriate. Common accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Extended time on exams
- Reduced distraction environment for exams
- Note-taking assistance
- Permission to use assisting technology
Alfred University recognizes the importance of providing reasonable accommodations in its housing policies and practices where necessary for individuals with disabilities to use and enjoy University housing. The Housing Accommodation Policy explains the specific requirements and guidelines which govern requests for reasonable accommodation in University housing. AU reserves the right to amend this policy at any time as circumstances require.
The Disability Housing Committee (DHC) is responsible for evaluating whether to grant or deny requests for reasonable accommodation in University housing. The DHC includes representatives from the Center for Academic Success, which oversees Accessibility Services, the Office of Residence Life, and the University Wellness Center. Individuals with a disability who reside or intend to reside in University housing who believe they need a reasonable accommodation must follow the procedures outlined in Alfred University's Housing Accommodation Policy.
Emotional Support Animals
Students seeking a modification to have an emotional support animal (ESA) in their residence are required to first submit their disability-related information via the Emotional Support Animal Request form to the Center for Academic Success. CAS will then email the student to discuss the next steps regarding the University's ESA policy and procedures.
Please note that emotional support animals are not allowed in campus housing until the modification is officially approved and all steps in the ESA policy and procedures are completed.
For any accommodation request that is denied, or when a student has been given an alternate accommodation that is perceived to be inadequate, a student may appeal that decision by initiating the Section 504-ADA Grievance Procedures.