New to the Office of Student Accessibility
Campus Living encourages transfer and incoming students to begin the housing accommodation process with OSA by June 15, 2023. Placement for the 2023-2024 academic year can not be guaranteed if the accommodation process is not started by this date.
We look forward to working with you!
Schedule an Initial Appointment.
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 your 1. 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 testing in 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.
- Take a look at the LC Residential Accommodation Documentation Form
- Talk to your provider about specific housing accommodations that will support you
- Share the LC Residential Accommodation Documentation Form with your provider
- Ask your provider to complete the LC Residential Accommodation Documentation Form and submit to OSA
- Schedule a Zoom or in person appointment with OSA. You may email email@example.com or call 503-768-7192 for help scheduling an appointment
- Complete the OSA Intake Form
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.
Deadlines: Campus Living encouraged returning students to meet with our office and to begin the housing accommodation process typically by March 15, and for transfer and incoming students to begin the housing accommodation process with our office typically by June 15. Placement for the upcoming academic year can not be guaranteed if documentation is not submitted by a provider and an appointment has been scheduled, by the deadlines. After deadlines, your name will be placed on a waiting list and approved accommodations are not guaranteed at the start of the Fall semester.
Depending upon your specific needs, we can set up a variety of accommodations in the classroom, in campus living, and on campus in general. For a list of commonly-used academic and residential accommodations, click here.
Your active involvement is 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 have frequent 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.
Student Accessibility is located in room 206 of Albany Quadrangle.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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