Other Campus Services and Accommodations
The vast majority of classrooms on campus are accessible and all buildings have at least once accessible entrance. If you happen to enroll in a class that is in an area on campus that is not accessible to you, your class may be relocated to another room on campus or another option may be considered. If you have questions about your classroom location, please contact Disability Services.
Individual transportation is each person's responsibility. An option a person may utilize is the shuttle service that provides rides around different locations on both campuses. Should you have a disability that limits your mobility, you can request the shuttle driver to stop at a location that is not on the shuttle route if there is a drop-off point that is closer to where you need to go. All shuttles are equipped with lifts. For more information on shuttle schedules, put "shuttle" in the search box on the SLU web page, and a link to the shuttle information will appear.
Other options include asking a friend for a ride, borrowing a wheelchair from Disability Services, or renting/buying a scooter (not from SLU) if appropriate. Disability Services will be able to pass along information on scooter rentals if interested.
Golf carts are not provided for personal transportation around campus.
Department of Public Safety does offer rides around campus during hours when the campus shuttle is not in operation.
3. What if I need a tutor or assistance with reading or writing for a class?
Tutoring or writing services are available to all students by scheduling an appointment online through the Academic Support website or calling (314) 977-3484. Being approved for accommodations with Disability Services does not garner the opportunity for tutoring and writing support beyond what is available for the general campus population. Please note that these services are always very busy around Midterm Week and Finals' Week as well as the two or three weeks leading up to these weeks. Plan your schedule accordingly and do not wait until the last minute to make an appointment. More information on these services can be found elsewhere on the SLU website.
It is normal to have needs and concerns beyond the classroom while in college. However, the role of Disability Services is to support you with your academic efforts. In this situation, you will want to consider speaking with a counselor at Student Health and Counseling, located in Marchetti Towers. These counselors are a great resource to use in your efforts at both enjoying and being successful at SLU. You may call 977-2323 to make an appointment or you may speak with Disability Services staff and possibly be put into direct contact with one of the counselors.
5. What if I want accommodations for graduate school placement tests (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) or program licensure exams (PT, OT, Nursing, Accounting, etc.)?
You will need to visit the official website of the specific testing program and review their policies and procedures. It is recommended that you do this as early as possible. There are often deadlines that need to be met, in some cases prior to official registration deadlines. From the moment you begin completing an application to the moment you mail it in, plan on allowing 8 to 12 weeks if all of your paperwork is in order.
The Disability Service office has no involvement in this matter unless the testing program is requesting specific information from Disability Services, which you must then personally request by contacting the Manager of Disability Services.
Understand what you need for the placement test well ahead of the deadline in order to prevent any last minute surprises. This is especially important because what is needed to receive accommodations for Disabilities Services at SLU usually differs from the requirements of the placement testing agencies. Just because you received accommodations at SLU with the paperwork you submitted to DS does not mean the same paperwork will allow you to receive accommodations for a placement or licensure test.
Another tip as learned from students going through the process is that directions and instructions on the accommodation application need to be followed precisely. Some students are denied accommodation requests simply because everything was not followed to the "t." If you are someone who does not have good attention to detail, make sure you have another person review your application work to increase the chance that you will do everything correctly.
6. What if I want accommodations for study abroad classes?
Accommodations provided to students within the United States occur in part because of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA governs activities within the United States. When students take courses outside of the United States, accommodations do not necessarily apply since other countries will have other guidelines to follow even though the student is from the United States. It is not always clear cut as to how the accommodation process abroad will occur. Thus, students interested in studying abroad who are weighing different campus options should consult with these campuses about the different types of academic accommodation services available.
With that said, when studying in Madrid, Spain, you simply need to contact Disability Services at the Saint Louis campus and inform of when you will be taking classes in Spain and the accommodations you feel you may need for classes. The Manager of Disability Services will send an e-mail to the counselor contact in Madrid verifying that you are registered for services on this campus, what your diagnosed disability is, and what common accommodations you use. Actual documentation does not need to be transferred or copied, as the e-mail will suffice for the staff in Madrid based on an agreement between the two SLU offices. After this process is complete, it is your responsibility to initiate conversation with the counselor in Madrid to discuss the specifics of the process for classes there.
For other abroad programs, your accommodation documentation on file in the DS office will not automatically transfer there. You will need to determine who the contact is for the program you are participating in and you will need to work with the International Office on transferring the information as necessary. For the most part, this process is something that you will need to coordinate on your own and/or with the person at SLU with whom you are coordinating your abroad experience. It is not something that Disability Services will be involved with directly.
Once the documentation is sent, you will need to coordinate with the contact abroad as far as receiving your desired accommodations. You must lead this process or it will not happen. The DS office is not responsible for accommodations provided through an abroad program.