​Every student who requests accommodations or adjustments due to a disability will be invited to participate in the interactive process.  Below is a general outline of the interactive process:

1. Request Accommodations

2. Submit Documentation

Diagnoses of disabilities documented by family members are unacceptable.  Please have your provider thoroughly complete the Accommodation Documentation Form.

3. Discussion With SDS Professionals About:

  • How your condition impacts a major life function.
  • Subject areas or times that are particularly difficult for you.
  • Expectations of higher education including anticipated work load, program technical standards, attendance, code of conduct, standards, etc.

4. Determination of Reasonable Accommodations

  • Staff at SDS will then determine what accommodations are best for each individual student.
  • This process can take up to 2-3 weeks.

5. Notification of Faculty

  • SDS will e-mail PDF copies of the Faculty Notification Letters to the student’s CMU email account.
  • It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to distribute, in person or by e-mail, the Notification Letters to their instructors to notify them of eligibility and desire to use accommodations.
  • SDS highly recommends that students meet with instructors early in the semester to discuss particulars of their accommodations and how they will work in individual classes.

6. Continued Interaction

  • Students are encouraged to work with SDS at any point, but especially if they are experiencing any difficulty with their academic accommodations, have a new diagnosis to share, are experiencing different impacts due to medication changes or ongoing disability-related treatment or progression, or wish to discuss support resources that may be available to aid in their success.