Documentation Guidelines

Sacred Heart University is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations for students under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (2009) in order to provide access to its campus environment.

Each student’s unique history, disability, condition and request assists in determining accommodations based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (2009).

Students seeking accommodations at Sacred Heart University (SHU) should submit an online request, comprehensive documentation and meet with the assistant director or accommodations specialist to review documentation and their accommodations request. This meeting will take place only after the student has complete the online request form in order to ensure each student’s right to privacy.

Comprehensive documentation submission is required. A recent evaluation should be submitted, completed by an appropriate credentialed professional certified in the area being evaluated. The evaluator cannot be a family member. The evaluation should make evident the disability’s current impact on educational performance as it relates to the services and accommodations requested.  A student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Summary of Performance (SOP) and/or 504 Plan are considered supplementary documentation and should not be submitted alone. 

A student who is transferring is encouraged to submit documentation previously submitted to their prior college or university as well as a letter from that institution’s disability coordinator detailing the accommodations and services provided. 

A student who is looking for accommodations at Sacred Heart University must submit the needed documentation in order to receive accommodations. It is required that students obtain and submit appropriate disability documentation in order to receive accommodations. Priority consideration is given to accommodations students request based on the law; however, this does not mean these accommodations must be granted if they are not deemed to be reasonable or an appropriate alternative accommodation (s) can be provided. 

If a student submits documentation that is incomplete or does not adequately determine if a student has a disability or qualifies for the accommodations being requested, the Office of Special Learning Services (OSLS) reserves the right to request additional documentation. Any cost incurred by obtaining this additional documentation is the sole responsibility of the student.  

All information shared with the Office of Special Learning Services is confidential.

Disability Documentation Form

The Office of Special Learning Services (OSLS) at Sacred Heart University has created a Disability Documentation Form. This form should be completed by appropriate providers, in addition to the required evaluation guidelines detailed below. Specific disability category guidelines are listed below and should be reviewed.

If you have any questions after reviewing this information, contact:

Beth Skudzienski
Assistant Director Special Learning Services
Tel: 203-365-4730
Fax: 203-396-8049
accessibility@sacredheart.edu

Specific Disability Guidelines