Connecting with SAS to Receive Academic Support
Students should complete the Application for Academic Accommodations, which provides students an opportunity to describe their disability and the accommodations they are hoping to receive. Students are given the opportunity to include information about their experiences related to their disability, barriers faced, and previous accommodations.
The rationale for seeking information about a student’s condition is to support the SAS Consultant in establishing a disability, understanding how the disability may impact a student, and making informed decisions about accommodations.
The SAS Consultant and student will engage in an interactive and collaborative process to explore barriers, functional limitations, previous educational experiences, and past accommodations. Current academic accommodations will be determined through this process, which includes the student’s description, Consultant’s observations, and available external documentation.
- Disability documentation should provide information on the impact of the disability so that appropriate accommodations can be identified.
- Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. Common sources of documentation are health care providers, psychologists, diagnosticians, and information from a previous school.
- Suggested Documentation Elements:
- Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional.
- State the disability or disabilities.
- Describe the impact or symptoms of the disability.
- If appropriate, discuss the severity and/or expected progression.
- If appropriate, list medication side-effects.
- Current and/or past accommodations.
- Any recommended accommodations.
- Students have the option utilize an SAS Verification Form as documentation.
If documentation is limited and a connection between the requested accommodation and disability cannot be made, SAS may provide provisional/temporary accommodations for a student while updated documentation is procured.
Initial Meeting with SAS Consultant
The student’s assigned SAS Consultant will reach out via FAU email or phone to schedule the initial meeting with the student. This meeting with start the interactive process.
**Please note, this institution’s process and criteria for determining accommodations may not be the same as practiced by others, included standardized/licensure exams.
Documentation for an Emotional Support Animal or Housing Accommodations
Emotional Support Animal
Minimum documentation requirements:
- Verify the disability and/or disability-related need
- Verify the ESA provides support alleviating one or more symptoms or effects of a disability or disability-related need.
- From a licensed health care practitioner; or meet the needs stated by HUD
- The student must provide proof of compliance with state and local requirements for vaccinating the emotional support animal.
- In accordance with Florida State law (828.30), all dogs, cats, and ferrets (including Service Animals) are required to have current rabies vaccines.
Other Housing Accommodations
Minimum documentation requirements:
- Verify the disability and/or disability-related need for the accommodation
- Provides identifiable relationship between the requested accommodation or modification and the individual’s disability.
- To ensure accommodations in the room assignment process can be made, students should complete the Housing Contract and Student Accessibility Services process prior to:
- June 1 for the fall semester
- November 1 for the spring semester.
- Requests are accepted after this point, but assignments are based on availability.
Students have the option to utilize an SAS Verification Form as documentation for ESA, ESA Vaccination, and Housing Accommodation documentation.