Student Accessibility Services

Welcome students from the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) team!

We are so glad to have you here! We want to assist you in any way that we can to aid in your experience at the University of Northern Iowa! This includes making sure you are aware of important tools inside and outside of accommodations in the classroom.

Below is a list of our favorite resources and important things to know which we would like to pass along to you:

  • One of the most important things you need to do as a student receiving accommodations is meet with your faculty. Scary? Don’t worry - your instructors truly want to talk with you! If you need support, that is why we are here! Just let us know, but from this point on, you are in charge of ensuring your needs are met by advocating for yourself. It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as you navigate the academic environment. Let us know if you want to chat more, as we would be happy to discuss any questions you might have about it.
     
  • Do not forget to check out The Learning Center. The mission of The Learning Center is to inspire, challenge, and empower students to achieve academic success. You can schedule an appointment online for one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects.
     
  • Enrolled students paying the mandatory health fee are eligible for a free initial assessment and clinical recommendations at the UNI Counseling Center. Therapy groups, crisis appointments, and 5 individual therapy sessions per academic year are provided at no additional charge.
     
  • The Tranquil Meeting Room located within the SAS office (Room 007B) is available to all students as a place for you to wind down, relax, study, or meditate. In this room, there are a variety of sensory items available for your use. If you find one that you particularly like, feel free to take it. There is no appointment needed to use this room - just stop on by and make yourself at home. Additionally, we asked current UNI students to help us compile a list of their favorite quiet places to chill and relax throughout campus. You can find the complete list of sensory-reduced and quiet spaces at UNI on the SAS website.
     
  • Need a snack? Help yourself to any of the goodies located in the basket at the front of the SAS office suite. If you are an enrolled UNI student, you also have access to the Panther Pantry. We recognize that in order to succeed in the classroom and here at UNI, students need to have access to food and other necessities.
     
  • Studies have shown students who are involved in one or more activities on campus are more successful. UNI has a variety of types of student organizations to choose from on campus. This is a great way to meet friends with similar interests as you. Students tell us two of their favorite groups include Panther eSports and Deaf Cultural Experience. Currently, students are also in the process of creating a group for students with disabilities. If you would like more information about the group, please contact Joe Lough at joelough@uni.edu.
     
  • SAS will be hosting get-to-know-you lunches/events/advocacy each month. These are completely voluntary and are meant to provide you with a networking opportunity to meet new students like yourself who are also connected to our office. Times, dates, location, and details will be sent via your UNI email throughout the academic year.

Your Next Steps in the Accommodation Process

Your Course Accessibility Letter, which informs you and your faculty of your access plan in your courses each semester, will be sent out by SAS staff to you and your faculty during the first week of the upcoming semester or upon approval of your Accessibility Accommodation Request. The following are your next steps in the accommodation process once you 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.

If you would like more information about the content in this letter, please contact SAS at (319) 273-2677 Relay 711, accessibilityservices@uni.edu, or ITTC 007. Feel free to ask us any questions, and we will connect you to the right person to best support you! 

In partnership,

The Student Accessibility Services Team