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Academic Accommodations

This page provides information about a variety of academic accommodations at Saint Louis University.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Academic Accommodations Examples
Testing Accommodations
Classroom Accessibility
Alternate Format Materials


Reasonable Accommodations
A reasonable accommodation is a service that provides the student with an equal opportunity to succeed in the class or to experience other aspects of the university without discrimination.

Saint Louis University uses the common higher education guidelines listed below when making decisions on accommodations, which are as follows:

A reasonable accommodation does not negate requirements for successful completion of a program, course, service and/or activity, adherence to generally acceptable standards of behavior, rights, and responsibilities, and adherence to administrative and faculty/staff directions and instructions.

Disability Services offers reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Factors to be examined include, among others:

  • the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an education program or service;
  • the precise education-related abilities and functional impact on the student 
  • other federal, state and local regulatory requirements.

Reasonable accommodations do not:

  • fundamentally alter the nature of the program, course, service and/or activity;
  • apply to a student who is not otherwise qualified (with or without accommodations) to meet the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an education program, course, service and/or activity;
  • create an undue financial or administrative hardship (college-wide);
  • apply to individuals who would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of him- or herself or others.

Academic Accommodations Examples
Some examples of accommodations include: additional time while testing, volunteer note-taking services, use of equipment tape recorder, use of a scribe or reader, alternate format textbooks, accessible classroom location, or use of interpretation/transcription services.

Testing Accommodations
Students who are accommodated for out of classroom testing can visit the Testing Centers to download the required out of class testing form and learn more about testing policies and procedures. The student and instructor must complete and submit the form to the Testing Center at least one week in advance.

Classroom Accessibility
Most classrooms on campus are accessible, and most buildings have at least one accessible entrance. Students who have concerns about their ability to access a class should contact Disability Services to determine options, including classroom relocation or modification.

Disability Services can assist students who need accessible classrooms by working with other departments prior to the start of the semester to ensure that the student's classrooms are accessible. Please contact Disability Services as soon as possible if with specific classroom accessibility requests.

Alternate Format Materials
Alternate format materials may help students with print related disabilities, which might include low vision, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities, among others. Alternate format can be Braille, digital, audio, and others.

Alternate format materials are available through the Frost Campus Testing Center.

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