The First Step
Requests for Accommodations
Siena Heights University welcomes students with disabilities who meet academic admission requirements, and will work toward meeting their needs by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to those students with documented disabilities.
To be eligible for disability related services, students are responsible for identifying themselves and disclosing information about the disability to the Office of Accessibility staff during the enrollment process. Students are also responsible for supplying written documentation of the disabling condition.
The process of requesting accommodations should begin here, or in-person at the Office of Accessibility (OA), 517-264-7683 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The university is not required to provide accommodations until the student has provided documentation of a disability (HIPPA-secure fax, 833-413-4849, online (apply below), or via email email@example.com).
“Disability” under the ADA is a very broad term that encompasses visible and invisible disabilities—everything from mobility differences to mental health to dorm needs to modified testing spaces. There are even provisions for temporary disabilities, such as broken bones, surgeries, mental health, chronic illness flare-ups, and longer lasting acute illnesses like mono, or influenza.
The process at Siena is an interactive process that is designed to tailor your accommodations to your needs, not a cookie cutter blueprint. With this in mind, the following is required to complete the process:
Each student who requests accommodations must meet with the Accessibility Coordinator to discuss his/her individual needs. This staff member can provide a variety of services for the student including:
Documentation of disability forms should be signed by a licensed physician, psychologist, or other mental health or medical professional with experience in diagnosing the disability for which the student is requesting accommodations. A complete Individualized Education Plan (IEP) signed by the student’s school psychologist may also be considered documentation of a disability. Documentation provided by the student’s physician, psychologist, or school psychologist should include information regarding the onset, longevity and severity of symptoms, as well as the specifics describing how it has interfered with educational achievement.
These documents can be emailed, faxed, or delivered, but should be given only to the Office of Accessibility and not another person on campus.