Special Learning Services

Sacred Heart University is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students regardless of disability status. The Office of Special Learning Services provides instructional accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Once students have made their initial application to Sacred Heart University, there are no separate applications to fill out to become eligible for services. However, the Office of Special Learning Services (OSLS) must have supporting documentation from medical and/or other professionals that describe the student’s disability in detail. Please do not submit Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans without supporting documentation such as evaluation reports. Please note that IEPs and 504 plans are helpful but may not contain sufficient information about the student’s disability. The documentation should be forwarded to our office. You may contact the Office of Special Learning Services for further information.

The University’s goal is for all students to have the available tools needed to be academically successful. Still, the decision as to which set of services to use during any given semester resides entirely with you and your family. We firmly believe that if students utilize support systems early in their college careers, they will gradually gain a level of self-confidence that will eventually enable them to achieve their goals with only minimum support. The University, as well as the entire Office of Special Learning Services staff, located in the Jandrisevits Learning Center, aspires to help all of our students to become self-directed learners who are independent, confident, and contributing adults. 

For returning students, visit the Returning OSLS Students page for service forms and additional information.

For prospective students with a documented disability, you should start the registration process as soon as you are admitted to the University. Please visit the New Students page for more information. 

All inquiries about accommodations and special services should be submitted to:

Jacinth Crichton
Assistant Director, Special Learning Services.
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825
crichtonj@sacredheart.edu