Furman University recognizes a student with a disability as anyone whose impairment substantially limits one or more major life activity. Students may receive a variety of services including classroom accommodations such as extended time on tests, test proctoring, note-taking assistance and access to assistive technology. However, receipt of reasonable accommodations cannot guarantee success–all students are responsible for meeting academic standards. Students with a diagnosed disability may be entitled to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Complete the SOAR Student Application to request accommodations.
- Submit documentation.
IMPORTANT: Please note that you should not delay meeting with us out of concern for not having the right paperwork. We will discuss specific third-party documentation needs during the Welcome Meeting and steps you can take after the meeting. Our first priority is meeting with you, not reviewing the paperwork. Please email SOAR@furman.edu if you would like to schedule a meeting prior to submitting documentation.
- Please note that an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan often does not provide enough information to meet the above requirements. The Director of Student Accessibility Resources can answer questions and give detailed information about what documentation is acceptable.
- Furman does not offer diagnostic testing for disabilities such as ADHD or learning disabilities. 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.
- 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 staff member of SOAR will schedule a meeting with the student 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.