Academic accommodations are modifications and/or adjustments designed to remove barriers that exist due to a disability and promote access within your classes at Saint Louis University. Accommodations do not lower the expectations for you as a student and do not change what you are taught or tested on, but can support your ability to learn and demonstrate your knowledge by removing obstacles.
Applying for Academic Accommodations
- Complete the Application for Accommodations. Completed applications should be submitted via email or turned in to a staff member.
Download Application for Accommodations
- Submit documentation of your diagnosis or disability. Information needs to be typed
on an official letterhead and signed by a qualified professional.
Documentation should include the following information:
- A statement of the diagnosis or disability.
- Functional impact or symptoms associated with the diagnosis/disability. This helps inform our office of which accommodations may be reasonable and appropriate.
- Severity and/or expected progression (if applicable).
- Current medications and any related side-effects (if applicable).
- Current and/or past accommodations (if applicable).
- Any recommended accommodations.
In order to ensure appropriate accommodations are being considered, we ask that documentation be as current as possible. All documentation should be submitted via email or turned in to a staff member.
- Schedule an appointment with one of the staff members in the Center for Accessibility
and Disability Resources. Students can schedule an appointment with one of the Center’s
staff members by logging into their auth.slu.edu account.
Students have the option of meeting in-person or virtually. All virtual appointments will be conducted via Zoom. Students who select the virtual option will be sent a Zoom link to their SLU email.
Newly admitted and incoming students have the opportunity to meet with the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources staff during SLU 101 summer orientation or at the beginning of the fall semester.
Viewing, Renewing or Changing Accommodations
If you have approved accommodations, you can view them in Banner:
- Visit mySLU and log in.
- Select the “Tools” tab at the top and go to Banner Self-Service. You may also select the Okta application and select Banner Self-Service.
- Once you are in Banner, select the “Student” tab.
- At the bottom of this page, select "View All Approved Accommodations."
Accommodations must be renewed annually prior to fall semester. The cycle begins and ends each August. The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources will send communication via email to renew your academic accommodations as a reminder. Students must complete the Application for Renewal Accommodations and submit to the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources via email.
If you are continuing the same accommodations from previous semesters, you are welcome, but not required, to meet with a staff member in the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources. If you would like to discuss or request other accommodations, please set up an appointment to meet with the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources via EAB Navigate.
Students with approved accommodations are welcome to change, add to or adjust any of their accommodations. To do this, students must schedule an appointment with a staff member in the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources to discuss these changes/adjustments. Depending on the request, documentation may be required for any adjustments or changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Student disability documentation and information is confidential.
You only need to share documented disability and related information with staff in the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources for the purpose of determining reasonable accommodations. Professors, academic advisers and other staff members at SLU do not need to know your specific disability, only the necessary information about your accommodations.
Your approved accommodations will be visible to instructors in Banner. No other information, such as medical diagnosis or case notes, will be visible.
In some situations, it may be necessary for staff members from the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources to disclose some aspect of your diagnosed information to a faculty member, academic advisor or other counselor if that disclosure will immediately support the SLU personnel in doing their job in a way that benefits you. Such disclosure is legitimate within the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Saint Louis University FERPA guide.
The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources will weigh each situation carefully and will share only information necessary to address the circumstance at hand. In most cases when information is disclosed to a SLU employee, it is for one of two reasons:
- You spoke to the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources yourself and asked that they speak with the SLU employee.
- The SLU employee contacted the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources to seek guidance on how to best support you. Note that the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources makes every attempt to advise SLU employees without such disclosure.
If the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources feels that revelation of some information will not improve how the SLU faculty member or staff person will do their job, or if the staff feels that doing so may lead to discrimination or hindrance of your educational rights, then we will not disclose any diagnosis information.
Academic accommodations will not be discussed with parents or guardians unless the student has authorized that access through mySLU share. Even with this authorization, the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources will initiate contact with parents and/or guardians only when information from them is needed to facilitate reasonable accommodations.
Academic transcripts and academic accommodations are separate. Academic transcripts do not in any way indicate if you received accommodations. Information will only be relayed outside of Saint Louis University with your written permission.
The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources can provide copies of your accommodation records from Saint Louis University. This may be helpful in determining academic accommodations if you attend another institution after leaving SLU. You will need to contact the Center at 314-977-3484 or email@example.com to provide the contact information of the location to send the files.
Accommodations provided to students within the United States are related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA governs activities within the United States. Classes outside the United States may not necessarily allow you the same access to accommodations due to different laws. If you have a disability and are weighing different campus options, please contact the study abroad office at firstname.lastname@example.org to further discuss opportunities that may best fit your needs.
For the SLU campus in Madrid, the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources at the Saint Louis campus can easily forward accommodations upon request. It is still your responsibility to contact the counselor in Madrid to discuss the process there. Your documentation on file in the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources will not automatically transfer to other institutions abroad. Determine who the contact is for the program you will be attending and work with both the study abroad and the Center's staff at SLU on transferring information.
Once the documentation is sent, you will need to communicate with the contact abroad to determine any accommodations.
Congratulations on your acceptance! Students can apply for accommodations when they wish to do so. If students are wanting to have accommodations approved prior to the semester beginning, it is encouraged that the application process begins prior to your SLU 101 orientation or the summer prior to your first semester of classes. The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources staff is available to meet with incoming students throughout the summer.
We will review all accommodations provided in high school. Depending on the case, we may be able to match the accommodations. This is determined by the information provided by the student and the accommodations available.