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Procedures for Obtaining SSD Authorizations for Academic Accommodation

Students seeking disability-based accommodations in academic courses should request such adjustments through the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office.

Students who do not already have valid SSD Authorizations for Academic Accommodations must follow the Preliminary Application and Assessment Procedures before completing an Academic Accommodations Request Form.

Preliminary Application and Assessment Procedures

Based on the documentation submitted and the information gained during the Intake Appointment, the Director or Learning Disabilities Specialist will determine and authorize academic accommodations appropriate to the needs of the student and the requirements of the courses in which he or she is registered that semester.
In subsequent semesters, students approved for such assistance will receive a letter inviting them to request "SSD Academic Accommodation Authorization Letters" for specific courses, along with a Request Form for their completion and submission to the office.

Procedures for Requesting SSD Authorization Letters for Academic Accommodations in specific courses:

  • The student meets with the SSD Director or Learning Disabilities Specialist to complete the Preliminary Application and Assessment Process.
  • The student completes and returns the "Request Form for Academic Accommodation Authorization Letters" to SSD as soon as the student's schedule has been finalized.
  • The student will be responsible for picking up his or her accommodation letters from the SSD office and sharing them with professors.  (Proof of personal identity will be required before the letters are released to the student.)

SSD's Timeline for Processing Completed Requests:

  • Request Forms received by the indicated due date will be processed prior to the beginning of the semester. Late requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  • Request Forms received after the start of the semester will be processed within seven (7) working days.

Utilizing SSD Authorizations For Academic Accommodation As Tools for Effective Self-Advocacy

Binghamton University is committed to equal access for all qualified students and to the provision of academic accommodations that ensure an equal playing field for students with and without disabilities within the parameters of established academic standards. The effective implementation of appropriate academic accommodations requires active involvement and collaboration by the students needing them and the faculty responsible for teaching their classes.

As a student who has received SSD Authorizations for Academic Accommodation for one or more of your courses, you are responsible for sharing them with your professors and for meeting with them to clarify your mutually agreed-upon implementation responsibilities. We strongly recommend that you:

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Last Updated: 5/24/12