Securing Disability Accommodations

Step 1

Notify Disability Services as early as possible of the need for accommodations (at least two weeks in advance, sometimes longer depending on the type of accommodation needed). For all disability-related accommodations, including academic accommodations and housing, contact Laura Kcira-Barry, disability services coordinator, at (401) 341-3150 or

Step 2

Provide relevant and current documentation of the disability. Documentation must provide clear and specific information about the nature of the disability for which accommodations are being requested, as well as information about its current limiting impact on learning or other major life activities within the University's living and learning environment.

Documentation most often refers to the student’s most recent psycho-educational, medical, psychiatric or other evaluation or assessment, and reflects the student’s learning and functioning (including the nature and extent of the impact of the disability) at the time of entrance to Salve Regina. Other types of documentation such as self-reporting, copies of IEPs or 504 plans or older assessments, in combination with other more recent types of information/third party assessments or observations, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Temporary accommodations will be provided if the student needs additional time to provide disability documentation and the need for accommodation or academic adjustments is deemed likely by the disability service provider on the basis of the information provided.

Mail or fax documentation to:  
Disability Services c/o Academic Center for Excellence
100 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Fax: (401) 341-2912

Step 3

Consult with the disability services coordinator in person during the first two weeks of the semester to determine reasonable accommodations and discuss the process for their implementation. Complete relevant forms and receive letters of accommodation for professors. The office is in McKillop Library, Room 208.

Step 4

Meet with each professor to provide the letters of accommodation and to discuss how accommodations will be implemented in the context of each course. This discussion is vital to process, as the way accommodations play out within the context of each course will vary.

Step 5

Throughout the semester, consult with the disability services coordinator as needed to adjust accommodations and/or rectify problems. It is the student's responsibility to notify the coordinator of any concerns about accommodations and their implementation.

Step 6

Meet with the disability services coordinator at the start of each semester for which accommodations are needed to review disability needs and receive new accommodation letters for professors.

Important Principles

  • Disability accommodations operate differently in college than in secondary education. Accommodations in college are determined by the university disability service provider, and are based on information in the documentation provided as understood within the context of the university setting. These accommodations may sometimes be different than those a student may have received in high school.
  • Students are responsible for requesting accommodations and making all arrangements with Disability Services and their professors. Students must make their request for accommodations at least two weeks before they are needed (sometimes longer). Accommodations do not apply to events, assignments, grades or activities (such as exams) that have already taken place. Therefore, it is important for students to arrange accommodations before they are needed. Accommodations not requested in the timeframe and manner outlined by the University cannot be guaranteed.
  • Temporary accommodations will not extend beyond one semester. Documentation not received by the end of the semester for which temporary accommodations were provided will not be renewed.
  • Accommodations are designed to provide equal access and should not be viewed as a guarantor of academic success. In addition, accommodations that would necessitate a fundamental alteration of an essential course or program requirement, as determined by the university as a whole or by an individual professor or program, will not be deemed "reasonable" and will not be permitted. This includes policies on course waivers and/or substitutions.