We are committed to working with you.

Susquehanna University welcomes individuals with disabilities and is committed to ensuring equal access so that all students can live, learn and lead at SU.

At Disability Support Services, we work closely with students who self-identify to ensure equal access with reasonable and appropriate accommodations to university programs, activities, and services. Policies and procedures have been developed to help students become confident, successful, and independent self-advocates and learners. It is the responsibility of all staff, faculty, and students to adhere to our commitment to equal access of educational opportunity.

We encourage you to learn more about our services on our website. You will find information about the support services we provide as well as procedures for requesting accommodations. We also invite you to meet with our staff to address your specific needs.


Request for Accommodations Process 

Submit Disability Disclosure and Request for Accommodations Form

Disability Disclosure and Request for Accommodations Form

Submit Appropriate Disability Documentation

For specific guidelines on documentation, please refer to the Documentation Guidelines below, and select the disability (or disabilities) for which you are requesting accommodations. Attach your documentation to your completed Disability Disclosure and Request for Accommodations Form and submit.

Meet with Office of Disability Services

Students will receive a message from the Office of Disability Services, through their SU email or text message, to schedule a meeting with a Disability Services staff member once your request for accommodations and documentation have been reviewed. During the meeting, the student and the Disability Services staff member will discuss the accommodation request.

Students will receive an email following the meeting, reiterating the decision made about the accommodation request and any logistics discussed at the meeting.


Documentation Guidelines

Susquehanna University students who seek accommodations based on their disability are responsible for completing an online Disability Disclosure and Request for Accommodation form and for providing appropriate supporting documentation. A student who seeks academic accommodations on the basis of a disability is responsible for obtaining the needed evaluation and resulting documentation, and for initiating contact with the Office of Disability Services. Susquehanna University approaches requests for accommodations with the belief that each student’s circumstance is unique and that a flexible approach is the right way to determine appropriate accommodations.

By itself, a medical diagnosis does not establish a need or an entitlement to accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADA-AA). This means that having any disorder or condition does not, by itself, lead to any conclusion under Section 504 or the ADA. Therefore, the documentation required by Susquehanna University extends beyond the medical diagnosis and encompasses the four key elements of a person’s disability status under Section 504 and the ADA. Those key elements are that:

  • the student has a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment limits the student’s participation in a major life activity∗
  • the degree of limitation is substantial and
  • there is something that the college can do that would be reasonable, needed, and predictably effective in responding to the impairment

Documentation that substantiates each of these four areas serves as a foundation that legitimizes a student’s request for appropriate accommodations. If a student seeks accommodations on the basis of more than one disability, then more than one professional may need to be involved in developing the diagnoses and other documentation. The Director or Assistant Director of Disability Services will review the documentation and collaborate with the student to determine reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations. The accommodations afforded to each student will be determined on an individual basis and will be based on the documentation provided.

Accompanying documentation such as IEPs or 504 plans or letters from previous educational institution’s disability office are welcomed to complement medical documentation; however, these supporting materials alone do not substantiate the need for accommodations and will not be accepted as approved documentation for a request for accommodations.

The content of IEP and 504 Plans from high schools varies greatly. A high school plan can be very helpful in determining appropriate accommodations for high school, but these plans do not always include specific recommendations for accommodations that can be implemented in the college setting or an indication of how students’ needs may have changed over time. Additionally, many IEPs and 504 Plans do not include results from a psychological or psychoeducational evaluation. Given this, students’ IEP or 504 Plan are not, in themselves, sufficient documentation to support a request for accommodations. Students who are eligible for accommodations in high school are encouraged to request an updated assessment prior to graduation from high school.

The Medical Provider Form, list examples of a “major life activity” as defined under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. According to the ADA, “A major life activity also includes the operating of a major bodily function, including, but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.”

Please have your medical provider complete the Medical Provider Form to submit with your Request for Accommodations Form. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 570-372-4412.

Medical Provider Form


Appeal Process

Students who disagree with an accommodation decision may appeal the decision by submitting a written statement of appeal:

  • Academic matters: Appeal must be submitted to the Director of Disability Services and the Provost. The Provost will make a final decision.
  • Non-academic matters: Appeal must be submitted to the Director of Disability Services and the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will make a final decision.

An appeal must be submitted within 10 working days of the initial accommodation decision. The appeal must contain the student’s originally submitted documents, response from the Office of Disability Services, and any additional information they wish to present. The student will be notified of the decision in writing, by either the Provost or the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, typically within 15 working days. The initial accommodation decision will remain in effect until the appeal has been reviewed and a decision rendered.

Contact Us

Disability Services

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Fisher Hall, Second Floor

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Phone & Email

Phone: 570-372-4412
disabilityservices@susqu.edu