Requesting Accommodations

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Requesting Accommodations at KSU

If you are a student enrolled in courses at the Kent Campus, have a documented disability, and are requesting disability-related accommodations, your first step is to register with SAS. Our office engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

You can register with SAS at any time during the semester, but we recommend you do so prior to the start of your first semester at Kent State. In most cases, accommodations are not applied retroactively which is why we recommend completing your registration with our office early. Some accommodations (e.g. housing needs, closed-captioned videos) take additional time to put in place so please make sure to plan accordingly.

Students taking courses, including web-based courses, at a Kent State University Regional Campus must register with the SAS office at the campus you are enrolled in to be eligible for disability-related accommodations. Students enrolled at Kent State's College of Podiatric Medicine that are seeking disability-related accommodations must register with KSU-CPM's SAS office.

Please review the steps below that best match your SAS registration status. Feel free to contact us at 330-672-3391 (VP 330-968-0490) or sas@kent.edu if you have questions.

NEW Students to SAS

If you are a new student to SAS and have not completed your registration with our office to establish disability-related accommodations, you'll need to complete the following steps.

Step 1 - Provide documentation 
  • Students requesting disability-related accommodations from SAS may be required to provide documentation of their specific disability.
  • To assist students and practitioners, we have developed disability documentation guidelines and a disability verification form (PDF) to identify essential information that can help in the process of determining reasonable accommodations.
Step 2 - Schedule your intake appointment 
  • Please be prepared to discuss the nature of your disability and your accommodations needs with the accessibility specialist during your intake appointment.
  • Plan for about one hour so that we have time to review SAS policies and procedures, share information about helpful resources available to you at Kent State, and answer any questions you may have.
  • We prefer that you complete your intake appointment in-person, but we can complete the appointment by phone if you live a considerable distance from campus or if you will be taking only web-based classes at our campus. If your intake appointment is completed by phone, It is your responsibility to schedule and attend a brief review meeting with us prior to your classes starting.
  • To schedule your intake appointment, please call the SAS office at 330-672-3391 (VP 330-968-0490).
Step 3 - Request your accommodation letters in SAS Online Services (if applicable) 
  • If you receive academic accommodations you'll request your accommodation letters in SAS Online Services, which is an online tool that allows you to e-mail your accommodation letters to your instructors.
  • Your accommodation letter provides information and instructions about the accommodations you plan to use in the course. In most cases, your instructors are not obligated to provide you with classroom accommodations until you provide your accommodation letter.
  • Please note, there are some accommodations (i.e. E-text, attendance modifications) that have additional requirements for you to complete. Further information on these requirements can be found in SAS' policies and procedures.
Step 4 - Meet with your instructors
  • Reach out to your instructors to talk about the accommodations you plan to use in their course.
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the syllabus and the course requirements so that you can address any questions or concerns you have regarding the application of your accommodations.
  • You may want to meet with your instructors during their office hours so that you don't feel rushed during the conversation and/or have access to privacy should you want to share information about your disability.
  • Please remember that you do not need to identify the nature of your disability to your instructors, but many students have found it helpful to discuss their specific learning styles with their instructors.
Step 5 - Renew your accommodation letters online every semester 
  • You're able to quickly and easily request your accommodation letters in SAS Online Services for all of your upcoming semesters.
  • Please note, there are some accommodations (i.e. E-text, attendance modifications) that have additional requirements for you to complete. Further information on these requirements can be found in SAS' policies and procedures.
  • If you have concerns or need to request changes to your accommodations, you'll need to meet with an accessibility specialist in SAS. To schedule an appointment, please call the SAS office at 330-672-3391 (VP 330-968-0490).
RETURNING Students to SAS

If you've already completed your registration with SAS and are not requesting changes to your accommodations, you can simply request your accommodation letters for your instructors in SAS Online Services.

Please note, there are some accommodations (i.e. E-text, attendance modifications) that have additional requirements for you to complete. Further information on these requirements can be found in SAS' policies and procedures.

Step 1 - Request your accommodation letters in SAS Online Services
  • If you receive academic accommodations you'll request your accommodation letters in SAS Online Services, which is an online tool that allows you to e-mail your accommodation letters to your instructors.
  • Your accommodation letter provides information and instructions about the accommodations you plan to use in the course.
  • In most cases, your instructors are not obligated to provide you with classroom accommodations until you provide your accommodation letter.
Step 2 - Meet with your instructors
  • Reach out to your instructors to talk about the accommodations you plan to use in their course.
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the syllabus and the course requirements so that you can address any questions or concerns you have regarding the application of your accommodations.
  • You may want to meet with your instructors during their office hours so that you don't feel rushed during the conversation and/or have access to privacy should you want to share information about your disability.
  • Please remember that you do not need to identify the nature of your disability to your instructors, but many students have found it helpful to discuss their specific learning styles with their instructors.
Step 3: Renew your accommodation letters every semester
  • You're able to quickly and easily request your accommodation letters in SAS Online Services for all of your upcoming semesters.
  • There are some accommodations (i.e. E-text, attendance modifications) that have additional requirements for you to complete. Further information on these requirements can be found in SAS' policies and procedures.
  • If you have concerns or need to request changes to your accommodations, you'll need to meet with an accessibility specialist in SAS. To schedule an appointment, please call the SAS office at 330-672-3391 (VP 330-968-0490).