Student Accessibility Services

Get Connected

Interested in getting connected with us to talk about educational barriers and reasonable accommodations? It’s easy! Just follow the steps below. If you want to request both academic and housing and/or dining accommodations, you should include information regarding your accessibility needs for both requests in one Accessibility Accommodation Request. 

Note: Any communication regarding Accessibility Accommodation Requests and the accommodation process will be sent via email.

Are you a future Panther? SAS staff are also willing to meet with prospective students to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and individuals interested in learning more about available services before getting connected.

Request Process for Academic Accommodations

Students wanting to request an accommodation regarding their classes and the academic environment should follow these steps:

Step 1. Access the Student Interface of Accommodate.

Step 2. Complete the Accessibility Accommodation Request.

In order to expedite the accommodation process, SAS recommends that you include any supporting documentation with your Accessibility Accommodation Request.

Step 3. SAS will review the information submitted, and you will receive an email requesting you schedule an Accessibility Consultation appointment. This appointment will last approximately 1 hour.

Accessibility Accommodation Requests will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that the request be submitted well in advance of any accommodation-related needs. You will be notified immediately upon request submission. Typically, a request is processed within 2-10 business days of receipt. Once an Accessibility Accommodation Request is processed, SAS will follow up with you via email with instructions on how you will need to schedule an Accessibility Consultation to discuss your request with a SAS staff member.

Step 4. Accessibility Consultation.

During this meeting, you will meet one-on-one with a SAS staff member to discuss your accommodation history and accessibility needs. If additional documentation is needed, SAS will inform you of this requirement at the time of the meeting.

Step 5. Implementing Accommodations

If you are approved for accommodations, SAS staff will send the Course Accessibility Letter, which is the official notification of accommodations and outlines your access plan, to you and your faculty. This letter is used to inform your faculty and applicable University personnel of your accommodations to support their implementation on campus. You are still required to schedule individual meetings with your faculty, either during their office hours or a separate appointment time, to discuss your accommodations. You should contact SAS as soon as possible if any questions or concerns arise either during those meetings or throughout the semester.

If you make any changes to your course schedule after you receive your Course Accessibility Letter for the semester, you need to contact SAS at (319) 273-2677 Relay 711, accessibilityservices@uni.edu, or ITTC 007 in order for your Course Accessibility Letter to be sent to the new faculty.

Your Next Steps in the Accommodation Process Once Your Receive Your Course Accessibility Letter for the Semester:

Step 1. Log into Accommodate to review and sign your Course Accessibility Letter.
Step 2. Schedule and attend meetings with each of your faculty to discuss the logistics of how your accommodations will work in their courses.
Step 3. Contact SAS if you have any questions or concerns regarding your accommodations.
Step 4. Contact SAS if you make any changes to your schedule.

Step 6. Access Plan Renewal. 

At the beginning of every semester, you need to log in to your Accommodate account and submit a Semester Request to renew your accommodations. In the Semester Request, you will select which of your approved accommodations you will use in your courses. Once you submit your Semester Request, SAS staff will send your Course Accessibility Letter to you and your faculty.

Note: Faculty will only be notified of the accommodations requested for that particular course.

If at any time you have a question about the registration process or services available through SAS, you should contact the department either at (319) 273-2677 Relay 711, accessibilityservices@uni.edu, or ITTC 007.

Request Process for Housing, Dining, and/or Parking Accommodations

A residence hall is more than just a place to sleep and study. It is a place to relax, socialize, and partake in educational and recreational activities. Please note, because it is a facility shared by hundreds of students participating in various residence hall activities throughout the day, living in a single room does not necessarily provide a student with a quiet, distraction-free environment.

There are alternative dietary options located in the dining facilities throughout campus. UNI Dining Services is happy to assist you in avoiding certain allergens or with other special dietary assistance. Be aware that nutrient analysis and ingredient and allergen information will be on the Dining Services online weekly menus. Once you choose a venue, select the big red apple icon for a list of food options available during the listed meal time. To view nutrient analysis and ingredients, select your food of choice. There is a possibility that formulations may change from manufacturers, so do not hesitate to ask questions while in the dining facilities. Both Rialto and Piazza have designated areas within their facilities where Dining Services provides gluten-free meals, meals that do not contain the top eight allergens, and vegan items. Additional items can be prepared to help meet students' individual needs.

Students wanting to request an accommodation in the residence halls, dining facilities, and/or with parking should follow these steps:

Step 1. Access the Student Interface of Accommodate.

Step 2. Complete the Accessibility Accommodation Request.

In order to expedite the accommodation process, SAS recommends that you include any supporting documentation with your Accessibility Accommodation Request.

Step 3. SAS will review the information submitted, and you will receive an email with information on your next steps.

Accessibility Accommodation Requests will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that the request be submitted well in advance of any accommodation-related needs. You will be notified immediately upon request submission. Typically, a request is processed within 2-10 business days of receipt. Once an Accessibility Accommodation Request is processed, SAS will follow up with you via email with next steps. Only Accessibility Accommodation Requests where the information submitted does not provide sufficient support to approve you for a housing and/or accommodation(s) may require an Accessibility Consultation to discuss your accessibility needs.

If you are approved for accommodations, SAS will send the Campus Accessibility Letter, which is the official notification of housing and dining accommodations and outlines your access plan in the residence halls and/or dining facilities, to you. This letter is used to inform applicable University personnel, including staff in the Department of Residence (DOR) and Dining Services, of your accommodation(s) to support its implementation on campus. You should contact SAS, DOR, and Dining Services as soon as possible if any questions or concerns arise regarding your accommodations.

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Step 4. Access Plan Renewal Not Required.

You do not need to submit a Semester Request to renew your approved accommodation(s) in the residence halls, dining facilities, and/or with parking, as it will automatically be renewed. Your accommodation(s) in the residence halls and/or with parking is approved for the duration of your time in campus housing at UNI. Your accommodation(s) in the dining facilities is approved for the duration of your enrollment at UNI.

If you have any questions regarding implementing your accommodation(s) in the residence halls or dining facilities, please contact DOR at (319) 273-2333 Relay 711, residence@uni.edu, or Redeker Center 010. If you have any questions regarding implementing your accommodation(s) with parking, please contact the Department of Public Safety, Parking Division at (319) 273-3179 or Gilchrist Hall 030.