Student Accessibility Services

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Interested in meeting with us to talk about educational barriers and reasonable accommodations? It’s easy! Just follow these steps below:

Step 1. Access the Student Interface of Accommodate.

Step 2. Complete the Accessibility Accommodation Request.

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

Student Accessibility Services will review and consider all pieces of information submitted. SAS takes into consideration the student’s personal narrative of their experience of barriers, past accommodation history, and supporting documentation related to their condition when making accommodation determinations. Documentation assists Student Accessibility Services in understanding how the disability impacts the student in an postsecondary education setting and the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and is handled on a case-by-case basis. The eligibility determination process is not a same day process. Once the Accessibility Accommodation Request is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that the request be submitted well in advance of any accommodation-related needs. Students will be notified immediately upon request submission. Typically, a request is processed within 10 business days of receipt. Once an Accessibility Accommodation Request is processed, SAS will follow up with the student via email with instructions on how the student will need to schedule an Accessibility Consultation to discuss their request with a SAS staff member.

Types of supportive documentation may include, but are not limited to:

  • Psychoeducational or Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan
  • Letter from a Current Physician or Psychologist
  • Relevant Medical Records
  • Summary of Performance or Support for Accommodation Request Form (Iowa Residents) (SAR Form)

For housing/dining accommodation requests, students can have their medical provider complete the Evaluator Form for Dining and Residence Hall Accommodations.

Students with temporary impairments or medical conditions can have their medical provider complete the Verification of a Temporary Medical Condition.

Step 4. Accessibility Consultation.

During this meeting, the student will meet one-on-one with a SAS staff member to discuss their accommodation history and disability needs. At the end of this meeting, the SAS staff member will usually determine the student’s eligibility for accommodations. If additional documentation is needed, SAS will inform the student of this requirement at the time of the meeting.

If the student is approved for accommodations, the student and SAS staff member will submit the Course Accessibility Letter, which is the official notification of accommodations and outlines the student’s access plan. This letter is used to inform the student’s instructor(s) and applicable University personnel of the student’s accommodations. Students are still required to schedule individual meetings with their instructors, either during the instructors’ office hours or a separate appointment time, to discuss their accommodations. Students should contact SAS as soon as possible if any questions or concerns arise either during those meetings or throughout the semester.

If a student changes their course schedule at any time in the semester, they should contact SAS at (319) 273-2677 (deaf or hear-of-hearing, use Relay 711) or in order for Course Accessibility Letters to be sent to the new instructors.

Step 5. Access Plan Renewal. 

At the beginning of every semester, students connected with SAS need to log in to their Accommodate account and select which of their approved accommodations they will use in their courses. Following the student’s request for renewal of their access plan, Course Accessibility Letters will be sent via email to their instructors.

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

If at any time during this process students have a question about the registration procedure or services available through SAS, they should contact the department either at (319) 273-2677 (deaf or hard-of-hearing, use Relay 711) or

Are you a future Panther? SAS staff are also willing to meet with prospective students to the University and individuals interested in learning more about available services before registering.