Accommodations Process

Sacred Heart University students who are considering requesting accommodations must first complete the online request for accommodations via the Accommodate Portal. Appropriate documentation (see Documentation Guidelines) can be uploaded to this form, or submitted to the Office of Special Learning Services (OSLS) via mail, fax or email. The requesting student should then meet with the OSLS Accommodation Specialist or Assistant Director in order to discuss their request. At this meeting, the OSLS staff member will discuss appropriate accommodations for the post-secondary environment with the student. Please note-appropriate accommodations are based on a student’s documented functional limitations in an academic setting.

Requesting Accommodations at Sacred Heart University

Step 1: Complete the online request via the Accommodate Portal (you will need your SHU username and password!)

Step 2: Upload required comprehensive documentation to your online request. See Documentation Guidelines for clarification and assistance. These documents can also be sent to the OSLS via mail, fax or email:

Office of Special Learning Services
ATTN: Beth Skudzienski, Assistant Director
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
Fax: 203-396-8049

Step 3: Set up a meeting with the Accommodations Specialist or Assistant Director. Let office staff know if you require accommodations for this meeting (large print, interpreter, captioning, access to accessible parking, etc...)

Step 4: After meeting with an OSLS staff member and receiving accommodations, it will be your responsibility to request accommodations at the start of each semester, summer session or winter intersession (this includes study abroad opportunities!)

Accommodations Renewal Request at Sacred Heart University

Students who have received accommodations in a current or previous semester at Sacred Heart University please follow directions below:

Step 1: Complete the online request via the Accommodate Portal (you will need your SHU username and password!)

Step 2: If you have new documentation to upload, please do so before requesting accommodations. Be sure you have read and reviewed SHU’s Documentation Guidelines

Step 3:  If you are requesting the same accommodations as a current or prior semester, choose:

  • Accommodations
  • Semester Request
  • Choose the semester you are requesting and click “Request Accommodation”
  • You will be brought to a new page and a list of approved accommodations will appear
  • Select the semester again
  • A list of your classes will appear on the right
  • Below your classes, choose, “Request all Accommodations”

If you have any questions, contact the Office of Special Learning Services located in the Sheila Hamilton Student Success Center.