Once a student has submitted their documentation and completed an intake meeting with an SAS staff member, they are registered with SAS. Students with temporary accommodations will only be registered with SAS as long as the temporary accommodations are in effect. Student registered with SAS can find more information on the SAS Blackboard shell.
Students with Academic accommodations should request a new Accommodation Letter before every semester to ensure that their letter is up to date.
- The Accommodation Letter is a formal document that lists the student’s relevant approved accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to share this document with their professors. SAS does not reach out to a student’s professor directly, except in the case of special circumstances and with the student’s permission.
- Students should share the Accommodation Letter with their professors at the beginning of the semester if possible, and discuss the implementation of the accommodations.
- Students registered with SAS for Educational Accommodations will request an Accommodation Letter every semester.
- The professor is not obligated to provide accommodations until the student shares their Accommodation Letter with the professor. Accommodations are not retroactive.
Exam accommodations may include extended time and/or reduced distraction/alternate location. When discussing accommodations, students should make sure that the professor is clear on the details of the exam accommodations.
If a student only requires extended time, they should ask their professor at least one week in advance if they are able to provide extended time before or after the class. If the student will be taking the exam with the class or online without a proctor, there is no need to complete the Exam Accommodation Request form. If the student plans to take their exams with SAS, they inform their professor and make arrangements with SAS at least one week in advance.
Only students with approved exam accommodations will receive accommodations after making a request.
Text to Speech and Books in Alternate Format Accommodations
Worcester State pays for university wide access to Kurzweil, a text to speech program that can be accessed through a web browser. Any Worcester State student can use this program by logging in with their Worcester State credentials.
Students with an accommodation for texts in alternate format can request their textbooks or other class materials in a word, PDF or EPUB format that can be read by Kurzweil or other text to speech program. Students requesting a text in alternate format should make their request as soon as possible as the text may take some time to find.
Housing accommodations must be requested every year. For more information about housing accommodations see Request Housing Accommodations. If you have received housing accommodations in the past, look for emails from SAS reminding you to complete the housing accommodation forms.
Submit a request for any other approved accommodations at the link below.
Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities
- Disclosure of a disability is voluntary. If you want to request academic or other accommodations, you must inform the University through SAS. If you are not requesting accommodations, you do not need to self-identify.
- Equitable access to courses, facilities, programs, and activities.
- Self-disclose and seek assistance through SAS by following the registration process.
- If accommodations are approved through the interactive intake process, receive reasonable, appropriate and effective accommodations.
- At any time, a student may decline an approved accommodation.
- Expect confidentiality regarding documentation, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Receive information in reasonably available accessible formats in a reasonable timeframe.
- Expect to be protected from discrimination.
- Initiate a grievance, appeal or complain, following University procedures.
- Know and follow reasonable procedures to academic adjustments and/or other accommodations.
- Read and respond to all communication from SAS.
- Initiate contact with SAS in a timely manner as approved accommodations are not retroactive.
- Follow registration, intake and accommodations request procedures
- Provide current and appropriate documentation for each disability.
- Follow SAS procedures when receiving accommodations including any procedures which require interaction with faculty or staff
- Notify SAS if an approved accommodation is not working or is no longer needed.
- Follow University procedures when filing a complaint.
- Follow the University’s Code of Conduct.
- Meet Worcester State’s qualifications, essential academic, and institutional standards which are expected of all students.