Procedures for Obtaining Accommodations
and Services at KSU


 

New Students

Intake Interview

Any entering student who will need accommodations or services while attending Kennesaw State University due to a disabling condition must first self-identify to the disAbled Student Support Services office.  The student must present acceptable documentation of the disability that meets current Board of Regents requirements.

Documentation

  of the University System of Georgia for documenting a learning disability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychiatric disorder or acquired brain injury.

Documentation of other disorders must in general:
    a. be current
    b. state a specific diagnosis/condition
    c. include information on current treatments, medications, devices or services prescribed or used to minimize the impact of the condition
    d. explain the expected duration, stability, or progression of the condition
    e. indicate why that particular disorder creates a significant impact on academic performance or a residential experience
    f. include some suggested accommodations
    g. (for housing accommodation requests) identify the recommended housing accommodation(s) and connect the recommended accommodation(s) to the impact of the condition
    h. be on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional in the area of the identified disability

Educational Assistance Plan

The student must agree to and sign an educational assistance plan which identifies the approved accommodations.  These accommodations are local arrangements only and may not necessarily transfer to another unit of the University System or any other institution.

The student will also be asked to complete a brief information form and sign a "Confidential Information Release" statement.

Students should request accommodations at the beginning of a semester or well before any deadlines. Students who do not request an accommodation prior to a deadline may not receive the accommodation. As a general rule, accommodations will not be extended retroactively.

Students requesting housing accommodations will also need to register with disAbled Student Support Services and complete an "Application for Housing Accommodations." Requests for housing accommodations must be renewed annually well prior to the lease deadline in order to assure that the request can be considered in a timely manner. Housing accommodation policies may be found at http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/dsss/housing.htmll.

 

 

 

Returning Students

Each semester, you (the student) must request the specific accommodations needed for that semester.  Early requests are preferred to allow time to make any necessary arrangements.  Faculty letters and any other paperwork will be prepared only after a request is submitted.

Early Registration

Return the "Request for Early Registration" form that is mailed out the third week of the semester. If you do not request early registration, you will be assigned your regular registration time.
NOTE: Don't request early registration if you don't plan to use it! You will be assigned a later time at regular registration.

  • Be sure to indicate on the form whether or not you are on probation. You may not register during Phase I if you are currently on probation.
  • If you do not receive a form, come by the office and fill one out.
  • If you will need advising or assistance with registration, make arrangements BEFORE early registration begins.

Faculty Notification

Once you have registered, submit a copy of your class schedule to the DSSS office along with a signed request for faculty letters.

You must pick up your faculty letters and deliver them personally. We do not send faculty letters through campus mail. Faculty letters will be ready three business days after you submit your schedule.

STRONG SUGGESTION: Don't wait until final exams time to request or deliver your letters!

 

Grievance Procedure

The Assistant Director for disabled Student Support Services will work with faculty members to ensure that they understand that they must provide students with special needs appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. A student should notify Disabled Student Support Services in writing within 2 days of any disagreement between the student and the faculty member if agreed upon academic adjustments are not provided in order to seek a resolution. A student who alleges discrimination on the basis of disability may file a grievance through the University's established grievance procedure (see University Catalog for grievance procedures).

Special Testing

Students are encouraged to arrange testing accommodations with the faculty member so that the student has access to the faculty during the test. If arrangements cannot be made, then the student may utilize the testing facilities in the Student Development Center providing a space is available.

Policies for testing in the Student Development Center

  • Call or come by the office to schedule your tests in the testing room as soon as you know the dates. We have limited facilities and proctors, so advance scheduling is critically important.

  • Testing hours are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday.

  • You MUST take your test at the same time as the class (with moderate adjustments for extra time, such as starting earlier or staying later). If you need to take your test at a time that is different from the class testing, your teacher MUST approve the change. The complete policies may be found at the link above.

Other Academic Accommodations

If you will need other accommodations (recorded text, special equipment, lab assistance, etc.), please meet with one of the staff in the DSSS office as soon as you are registered and request the necessary arrangements. A minimum of two weeks' notice is necessary to arrange most special accommodations.

Alternate Format Text

Requests to provide text in alternate formats (recorded, digital, Braille, etc.) have increased significantly in the last few years as technology has made alternate format text a more readily achievable solution for students with print disabilities. Disabled Student Support Services will make every effort to provide text in alternate format in a timely manner, but advance notice is absolutely essential.
Alternate Text Policies
Alternate Text Providers

Timely Requests

Students should request accommodations at the beginning of a semester or well before any deadlines. Students who do not request an accommodation prior to a deadline may not receive the accommodation. As a general rule, accommodations will not be extended retroactively.

Housing Accommodations

Requests for housing accommodations must be renewed annually well prior to the lease deadline in order to assure that the request can be considered in a timely manner. Housing accommodation policies may be found at http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/dsss/housing.htmll.


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