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Obtaining Accommodations

What is an Academic Accommodation?

 An academic accommodation is an adjustment to the delivery of course content made for a student with a disability to ensure equal opportunity to complete the outcomes of the course.

  • Accommodations include, but are not limited to, access to auxiliary aids and alternate methods of participation, assignment completion, or testing.

Accommodations are NOT:

  • An unfair advantage.
  • Granted if they fundamentally alter the outcomes of the class.
  • Retroactive. The accommodation(s) begin once a student requests the letters of accommodation.

Steps to Obtain an Academic Accommodation:

  1. If this is your first time requesting accommodations, go to the New Student Accommodation Request Form.  If you are already connected with our office, please submit a supplemental request form in Accommodate.  You will be asked to submit documentation.  If you have it upon submission of the request, please do so. 
  2. Meet with a staff from The Center for Equal Access.  The Center for Equal Access will contact you, once the new accommodation request was received, to schedule a meeting.

Related Notes:

  • Prior or current accommodations in high school or at another college or university do not automatically mean that the student will receive any accommodations or the same accommodations at The College of St. Scholastica. 
  • Faculty and staff will only provide academic accommodations that are recognized by The College.
  • Certain accommodations (e.g. alternative testing, auxiliary aids, consideration for absences or extended time, voluntary note-taker) have additional procedures which must be followed. For more information, please see Accommodation Procedures.

What is a Clinical Accommodation?
Clinical Accommodations are accommodations that are put into place in the clinical or field rotation setting.

Steps to Obtain a Clinical Accommodation:

  • If this is your first time requesting accommodations, go to the New Student Accommodation Request Form. If you are already connected with our office, please submit a supplemental request form in Accommodate.  You will be asked to submit documentation. If you have it upon submission of the request, please do so.
  • Meet with a staff from The Center for Equal Access. The Center for Equal Access will contact you, once the new accommodation request is received, to schedule a meeting.
  • The Center staff will consult with the program chair or designee to ensure the accommodation request does not fundamentally alter the outcome of the clinical or field rotation.
  • The student is notified of the decision. If the accommodation is denied, the student is given a rationale. The Center staff will engage the student in discussing other equally effective accommodations.
  • The clinical site is then notified of the students accommodation through the program liaison of clinical or field rotations.

What is a Housing Accommodation?

The College seeks to provide housing to students with all abilities and needs and will make necessary adjustments to living environments to students who disclose a disability or medical condition and warrant the adjustment. Housing accommodations may include but are not limited to: a single room accommodation, nut-free living environment, adjustments to the environment.

Steps to Obtain a Housing Accommodation:

  • A student must be a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and have the diagnosis for at least 6 months.
  • If this is your first time requesting accommodations, go to the New Student Accommodation Request Form. If you are already connected with our office, please submit a supplemental request form in Accommodate.
  • A student must provide proper documentation, the Housing Accommodation Request Form (e-mail access@css.edu for the form), from a licensed practitioner treating the disability, stating the functional limitations of a disability related to housing environment. Equally effective documentation may be considered. This completed Housing Accommodation Form must be delivered to the Center for Equal Access via email access@css.edu, confidential fax 218.723.6482 or mail The Center for Equal Access Box 2325 1200 Kenwood Avenue Duluth, Minnesota 55811.
  • Meet with a staff from The Center for Equal Access. The Center for Equal Access will contact you, once the new accommodation request is received, to schedule a meeting. 
  • The Access Committee meets to deliberate twice a year. Once in July and once in December. If all steps are not completed the student will have to wait until the next meeting to be presented to the committee.

What is an Emotional Support Animal Accommodation?
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that offers assistance, work, perform tasks or services for the benefit of the person with a disability; and/or provide emotional support that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms. An ESA is NOT considered a service animal. An ESA is protected under the Fair Housing Act, not under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Steps to Obtain an Emotional Support Animal Accommodation:

  • A student must be a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and have the diagnosis for at least 6 months.
  • If this is your first time requesting accommodations, go to the New Student Accommodation Request Form. If you are already connected with our office, please submit a supplemental request form in Accommodate.
  • A student must provide proper documentation, the Housing Accommodation Request Form (e-mail access@css.edu for the form), from a licensed practitioner treating the disability, stating the functional limitations of a disability related to the need for an Emotional Support Animal. This completed Housing Accommodation Form must be delivered to the Center for Equal Access via email access@css.edu, confidential fax 218.723.6482 or mail The Center for Equal Access Box 2325 1200 Kenwood Avenue Duluth, Minnesota 55811. An equally effective documentation form with all of the elements listed above may also be considered.
  • Meet with a staff from The Center for Equal Access. The Center for Equal Access will contact you once the new accommodation request it submitted, to schedule a meeting. 
  • The Access Committee meets to deliberate ESA's twice a year. Once in July and once in December. If all steps are not completed the student will have to wait until the next meeting to be presented to the committee.
  • After that, if approved, a student must complete additional paperwork with Residential Life prior to bringing the animal to campus.

Questions? Need help with forms? E-mail access@css.edu.