Students requesting services should complete the SOAR Student Application and provide appropriate documentation of their disability. It is the responsibility of the student with the disability to obtain and pay for this documentation. Some accommodations require significant planning; therefore, students should begin the process well in advance. Students should submit their documentation as soon as possible.
Furman is not planning to offer remote learning as an “option” the 2021 Fall semester like we did this past year. Rather, requests to be a remote learner will be considered as part of an accommodation due to a disability. The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
Requests for academic accommodations are handled through the Student Office for Accessibility Resources. You will complete the online SOAR Student Application and provide documentation of your disability.
The type of documentation required depends on the type of disability. Read the guidelines for documenting a disability.
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.
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 SOAR Student Application that will allow you to enter this information.
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.
Freshmen should submit their documentation for academic accommodations to the Student Office for Accessibility Resources soon after being accepted, but no later than June 30thprior to the fall enrollment. Documentation for housing accommodations should be submitted by June 1st. 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.
Once the SOAR Student Application 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, a SOAR member will contact the student to schedule a meeting. The information shared by the student during this meeting will serve as the primary source to determine reasonable accommodations and develop an 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.
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 accommodations. You will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
Academic accommodation letters outline the academic accommodations you receive. Students need to contact the Student Office for Accessibility Resources to have their accommodations letter sent to their professors at the beginning of the fall, spring, MayX, and summer terms. Students must notify the Student Office for Accessibility Resources of any changes to their schedule throughout all terms.
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.
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.
Only with your written consent will your disability and/or the accommodations you receive at Furman be shared with anyone outside the university.