• How do I arrange for academic accommodations at Furman University?

      Requests for academic accommodations are handled through the Student Office for Accessibility Resources.  You will complete the online Initial Contact Form and provide documentation of your disability.

  • What kind of documentation is required?
  • Who can provide me with documentation?

      Documentation may be provided by a licensed or certified medical or mental health professional qualified to evaluate your disability. Referrals for testing in the Greenville area are available through the Student Office for Accessibility Resources. Students are responsible for the cost incurred for this evaluation.

  • What additional information should I provide?

      It would be helpful to know what accommodations you may have received in high school. Your school should be able to provide this information. There is a section on the Initial Contact Form that will allow you to enter this information.

  • Why is documentation necessary?

      The documentation serves two purposes: it confirms the student's disability, and it indicates the recommended accommodations. The university will use this information to tailor reasonable and appropriate accommodations to your specific needs.

  • When should I submit my documentation?

      Freshmen should submit their documentation to the Student Office for Accessibility Resources soon after being accepted, but no later than JUNE 30th prior to the fall enrollment. This will allow the Student Office for Accessibility Resources to evaluate student needs and have appropriate accommodations in place as quickly as possible. Waiting until you arrive on campus may cause unnecessary delays.

      Current students should submit their documentation as soon as possible.

  • What happens once my documentation is received by the Student Office for Accessibility Resources?

      Once the Initial Contact Form and the documentation have been received, a university designated professional with appropriate expertise and an outside consultant evaluate the documentation. Once the information is reviewed, the Director of Student Accessibility Resources will schedule a meeting with the student. The information shared by the student during this meeting will serve as the primary source to determine reasonable accommodations and develop and accommodation plan. Students should be prepared to discuss the impact of their disability in the academic environment and their history of accommodations. This information along with the results of the documentation review, will help determine reasonable accommodations for the student. Since each student and each disability is unique, we cannot determine appropriate accommodations before the initial meeting is conducted.

  • What happens at the meeting with the Director of Student Accessibility Resources?

      You and a SOAR representative will begin a conversation about accommodations. The information you share during this meeting will serve as the primary source to determine reasonable accommodations and develop an accommodation plan. You should be prepared to discuss the impact of your disability in the academic environment and your history of accommodations. This information along with the results of the documentation review, will help determine reasonable accommodation. You will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

  • What are academic accommodation letters?

      Academic accommodation letters outline the academic accommodations you receive. Accommodation letters are automatically emailed to professors at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. For MayX and summer classes, students need to contact the Student Office for Accessibility Resources to have their accommodations letter sent to their professors. Students must notify the Student Office for Accessibility Resources of any changes to their schedule throughout all semesters.

      Professors may receive letters late in the term because:

      • Students may wait to see if accommodations are needed in a particular class.
      • Documentation may be received late.

      It should be noted that accommodations are not retroactive.

  • What if I'm not sure I need accommodations at the college level?

      It is better to have the accommodations in place from the beginning, rather than to wait and see if they are needed. If you wait to request accommodations, there is always the risk of falling behind in your classes. Having accommodations available at the beginning of the academic year gives you a greater chance of success.

  • Will my disability and accommodations be kept confidential?

      All information regarding your disability is considered confidential. Only with your written consent will information concerning your disability and/or the accommodations you receive be shared on a need-to-know basis with others in the institution.

  • Will my disability and the accommodations I receive be given to my employer?

      Only with your written consent will your disability and/or the accommodations you receive at Furman be shared with anyone outside the university.

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