Disability Accommodations

 

Students requesting services and accommodations through Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) must submit a Student Request for Accommodation Eligibility Form along with documentation in keeping with our documentation guidelines to determine eligibility for services. Carefully read the general guidelines applicable to your disability, as you are responsible for submitting documentation that complies with these guidelines. We recommend providing a copy of the guidelines associated with your disability to your qualified professional before the preparation of your documentation. If a student and/or qualified professional wishes to discuss the documentation guidelines, he or she may call DASS at 214-768-1470. 

To establish eligibility for services and accommodations on the basis of a disability, students must submit two items to DASS: 

1.) Student Request for Accommodation Eligibility Form, indicating what kind of assistance the student seeks and contact information by which the student can be reached. NOTE: Documentation will not be reviewed by our reviewers if DASS has not received this form. 

2.) Appropriate documentation - Documentation must be comprehensive and current (i.e., usually within the past 1 to 3 years, depending on the type of disability). Even if the student has had a long-standing disability diagnosis, DASS needs current documentation in order to determine the types of accommodations that may be needed at this time. Guidelines for the documentation of a disability are available in hard copy at DASS and on line. 


The accommodation process can be lengthy. Therefore, students are urged to submit the above documentation to DASS as early as possible. Documentation is reviewed by DASS within two to three weeks of receipt of both the documentation and Student Request for Accommodation Eligibility Form. On a case-by-case basis, based on the impact of a documented disability on the individual student, DASS staff will verify the disability, determine effective and reasonable accommodations, and recommend accommodations and services. After the review, DASS will notify the student of the outcome of the review.

• If the documentation provided is adequate, the student will schedule an intake appointment with a member of the DASS staff. At that appointment, DASS staff go over procedures for how to make accommodations official with faculty and/or implement services. 

• If the documentation is inadequate, DASS will inform the student (in writing if needed) as to what additional information is needed. DASS reserves the right to request additional or updated documentation, as needed. 

Caution: Even if students with disabilities shared information about their disability with SMU Admissions, that information is not shared with our office. Individual Education Plans (IEP's) and 504 plans from high school are generally not considered sufficient documentation at the post-secondary level, but in some cases may contain the test report and scores required. At the university level, it is the student's responsibility to pay all costs involved in obtaining evaluations and documentation of a disability.

Lastly, please note that accommodations authorized by SMU may not necessarily be the same as those received in high school or at another college or university, and accommodations do NOT apply retroactively.