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At Central Connecticut State University, we are committed to providing qualified students with disabilities the necessary academic adjustments, accommodations and/or modifications to ensure equal access to programs, services, and activities. 

For NEW STUDENTS 
  1. To be evaluated for accommodations, students should first complete the SDS Intake Form and have a doctor/mental health practitioner complete the Disability Verification Form. If you have evaluative/diagnostic records such as a Learning Disability or Psychological Evaluation, and/or an IEP or 504 Plan from your high school, please collect those in preparation for step #2.

  2. After the forms have been completed and documentation has been collected, contact Student Disability Services at 860-832-1952 to schedule a confidential interview and documentation review with a SDS staff member. There you will officially submit a request for accommodations.

  3. After the interview, the SDS Coordinator/designee will evaluate the requested accommodations in a timely manner. When accommodations have been approved, SDS will generate letters of accommodation to the student and respective faculty members via campus email.

  4. Students are strongly encouraged to review letters of accommodation with their professors during office hours early in the semester to ensure mutual understanding. When meeting with your professor, be prepared to clearly communicate your needs in relation to the specific accommodations you have been granted in that course.

  5. You will be notified in writing in the case that a requested accommodation is denied. If you disagree with the decision made by the SDS Coordinator/designee, please see Grievances and Appeals for your next steps. 

For RETURNING STUDENTS 
  1. Academic accommodation requests are required on a semester-by-semester basis. After registering for classes each semester, complete and submit the SDS Student Accommodation Request Form. This form is also available in print within SDS.

  2. The SDS Coordinator/designee will review your file and evaluate your request for accommodations in a timely manner. If there is sufficient documentation to support your request, the SDS Coordinator/designee will generate letters of accommodation to the student and respective faculty members via campus email. 

  3. If there is insufficient documentation to support your request, you may be asked to provided additional/updated documentation and/or return for a follow up meeting with the SDS Coordinator/designee.

  4. Students are strongly encouraged to review letters of accommodation with their professors during office hours early in the semester to ensure mutual understanding. When meeting with your professor, be prepared to clearly communicate your needs in relation to the specific accommodations you have been granted in that course.

  5. You will be notified in writing in the case that a requested accommodation is denied. If you disagree with the decision made by the SDS Coordinator/designee, please see Grievances and Appeals for your next steps. 

Timeliness of Decisions Concerning Accommodation Requests

It is our goal in Student Disability Services to process requests for accommodations in a timely manner. This means that we can usually process completed requests within 5-7 business days. However, during peak times, e.g. at the beginning of a semester or for more complex requests, this timeline often needs to be reasonably extended. Please consider this when seeking accommodations and submit your requests as early as possible.

Initial requests for accommodations are considered complete when the Student Disability Services Office has:

  • received the SDS Intake Form
  • received the SDS Student Accommodation Request Form
  • received sufficient disability documentation
  • interviewed the student requesting accommodations 

For subsequent, unchanged requests for accommodations, SDS registered students need only submit the SDS Student Accommodation Request Form. Please note that in the event of significant health changes and/or there is a need for new accommodations, SDS registered students may be required to submit additional/updated documentation and meet with a Student Disability Services Specialist to complete the request before any decisions can be made.

Please remember to submit your request for accommodations each semester; they do not carry over from semester to semester. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

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