Student Accessibility Services (SAS) recognizes disability as a part of diversity, integral to society and to our campus community. SAS staff work with admitted University of Vermont (UVM) students to ensure equal access to UVM academic programs and services. Whether transitioning from high school, community college or another university, it’s important to be aware of the process to ask for accommodations and/or auxiliary aids due to a disability or temporary health condition.
All disability accommodations are determined through an interactive process that requires the engagement of both the student and SAS staff.
Students need to be aware that it could take between 1-3 weeks, sometimes longer, to receive and implement accommodations with SAS. This is based on several potential factors, including but not limited to: the nature of a student’s academic accommodation requests, the availability of appropriate supporting documentation, and scheduling appointments during peak periods of a semester.
- Newly admitted UVM students are advised to start this process once they have confirmed admission to the university.
- UVM students already enrolled should engage SAS as soon as possible once they have identified a barrier and/or need.
Once accommodations are established, they are applied from that point forward and are not retroactive, so planning ahead is important. The steps below provide general information about transitioning to college and outline the process for requesting and receiving disability accommodations at the UVM.
INSTRUCTIONS TO REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS:
STEP 1: Student completes the Getting Started Form.
STEP 2: Student submits any/all available documentation.
STEP 3: Student meets with SAS staff member to discuss how their disability and/or health condition presents in educational settings.
STEP 4: SAS determines reasonable accommodations through information presented by the student, evaluation of access barriers in environments, and SAS staff member’s professional knowledge and consultation with course instructors.
STEP 5: SAS staff notify the student of approved accommodations via email. Student activates accommodations each semester via the myACCESS student portal. Course instructors are notified via the myACCESS system.
STEP 6: Students are responsible to engage in ongoing communication with assigned SAS staff for activated accommodations. SAS staff provide assistance when engaged by the student or faculty to ensure effective implementation of accommodations.