An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.
Our office provides assistance for students with a wide range of disabilities. To receive accommodations, students must contact the office and complete the Student Information Form. Documentation of the disability is required along with this application. The Disability Office will set up an appointment to discuss services that can be provided to enhance the learning experiences at SDSU.
Some of the accommodations Disability Services can provide include:
- Alternative text formats
- Sign language interpreters
- Assistive technology
- Alternative accommodations for exams
- (for example: testing in a distraction-reduced environment or providing readers for exams)
- Extended time for testing
- Referrals to other resource
The Office of Disability Services recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community. To this end, the office collaborates with students, faculty and staff across the University community to create usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environment.
The Office of Disability Services respects all privacy and treats all personal information with confidentiality. The office may release information to university faculty and staff when a “need to know” is established by Disability Services. The need to know must be based on compelling and legitimate educational reasons for the information disclosure.
Student Disability Services Grievance Process
1. Any student who believes they received disparate treatment due to gender or any protected class is encouraged to contact the Office of EO/Title IX Coordinator.
2. The student communicates to the Coordinator of Disability Services their concern/grievance. The coordinator and the student will engage in an interactive process to resolve the concern.
3. If the student feels their grievance has not been adequately addressed by the Coordinator of Disability Services, they are encouraged to contact the Senior Director of the Multicultural Affairs Office at 605.688.5585. The Senior Director and the student will engage in an interactive process to resolve the grievance.
4. If the student does not feel the Senior Director has adequately addressed their grievance, they are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students at 605.688.4493.
5. If the student does not feel the Dean of Students has adequately address their grievance, they are encouraged to contact the Title IX/EEO office at 605.688.4128.
Responses can be expected within 15 calendar days.
If a student is dissatisfied with a decision by a professor regarding academic accommodations:
1. They are to first bring their concern to the professor's department chair.
2. If they are dissatisfied with the outcome of that interaction, they are to bring their concern to the dean of the college in which the department is located.
3. If they are dissatisfied with the outcome of that interaction, they are to bring their concern to the University's Provost office.
If a student wishes to challenge a parking ticket:
Parking Services has an online process for ticket appeals at https://www.sdstate.edu/parking-services/online-parking-account