Campus Living encourages transfer and incoming students to begin the housing accommodation process with OSA by June 10, 2022. Placement for the 2022-2023 academic year can not be guaranteed if the accommodation process is not started by this date.
Students should use their LC login and password and their WebAdvisor student ID to schedule an initial intake meeting with OSA and to complete the OSA intake form.
During your initial appointment, you and an OSA Staff Member will have an interactive discussion about your own experience of disability, past use of accommodations, adaptive strategies and devices, etc. This meeting may include the review of your documentation.
Submit Your Documentation
Your documentation may be provided before, during, or after your initial appointment. Transfer and incoming students can upload documentation starting mid-June for the upcoming academic year.
If you do not have documentation, we can discuss this further during your initial appointment.
Documentation may include educational or medical records from a qualified licensed professional (i.e. doctor, therapist, psycho-educational testing). Submitted reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, teachers, or the educational system are all appropriate forms of documentation.
Your documentation may include information from a qualified licensed professional that addresses your1. current functioning, 2. diagnosis, and 3. recommendations for appropriate accommodations.
We look for recent documentation (dated within the last five years). If you have older, relevant documentation, submit it so we can discuss it with you.We may ask that you obtain updated testingin order to get a clear picture of your current abilities and challenges.
Determining Reasonable Accommodations
When determining reasonable accommodations, we consider a variety of information, including our interview/meeting with you, your documentation, recommendations from other professionals, etc.
Substitution of the World Language requirement as an accommodation is determined by the results of psycho-educational testing. We generally look for at least two areas of weakness that affect foreign language learning, with at least a 15-point discrepancy between cognitive index scores and academic standard scores, or a difference of at least 30 percentile. Come talk to us if you have questions about this.
Accommodations are not active until you complete an Accommodations Agreement with OSA.
During your initial appointment, an OSA staff member will engage with you in an interactive process around your disability, how your disability impacts you in a residential setting, along with exploring reasonable accommodations to support you. It’s helpful when documentation from your provider is submitted before scheduling an initial appointment with OSA.
OSA has no authority in room selection. Campus Living staff will assign rooms to meet prescribed accommodations.
Youractive involvementis necessary for helping us provide you with the best accommodations possible for your particular needs. Please don’t be shy about checking back with us if you ask for assistance and it doesn’t seem to be coming quickly enough.
It is also important to havefrequent and open communication with your professors. They will appreciate talking with you directly about how things are going for you in class. If you would like some guidance on how to talk with your professors about your accommodations please arrange an appointment with an OSA Staff Member.
Please click here to visit our “Current Students” page to send your Accommodations Letter and request other approved accommodations.
Office of Student Accessibility is located in room 206 of Albany Quadrangle. MSC: 112