FAQ

DASS FAQ for Prospective Students

I have a condition that has been considered a disability and impacts my learning. What is available to me at SMU?
Before I accept SMU's offer of admission, I'd like to know what accommodations the University would provide me. How can I do that? 
I have accommodations in high school. Will I automatically receive accommodations in college? 
In order to receive accommodations, will I need to get updated testing? 
What steps do incoming students need to take to apply for accommodations? 
How long does it take to have my documentation evaluated? 
Who evaluates my documentation? 
What happens after my documentation is evaluated? 
What kinds of things do I need to consider in transitioning from high school to college if I have a disability? 


I have a condition that has been considered a disability and impacts my learning. What is available to me at SMU?
SMU students may request accommodations for any condition that can be considered a disability. There is a process for obtaining eligibility and the student will need to initiate that process. Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) works with students individually to ensure they are able to execute approved accommodations with their professors. Additionally, DASS offers academic coaching for undergraduate students with LD/ADHD, which can help with the transition to college and beyond. This may include assistance with executive functioning issues, time management, organization, reading and study skills, and self-advocating. There are additional services such as ORACLE (HDEV 1110), a 1-credit elective course specially designed for students with learning and attention disorders, focusing on reading and study skills and a student-run support and networking group called Students for New Learning. Finally, all SMU students can utilize the Learning Enhancement Center's academic services, such as free tutoring, study skills workshops, and the Writing Center. There is also assistive technology housed in the L.E.C. as well as most of the campus libraries for students with disabilities to utilize. All services, including accommodations as well as academic coaching, tutoring, and study skills support, are provided at no charge to SMU students.

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Before I accept SMU's offer of admission, I'd like to know what accommodations the University would provide me. How can I do that?
The available, typical accommodations are listed on the types of accommodations page. SMU's DASS team will review your documentation after you have been accepted by the University. Please follow the eligibility request protocol to have DASS review your documentation. 

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I have accommodations in high school. Will I automatically receive accommodations in college?
No. The University has no way of knowing if a student has a disability and received accommodations until the enrolled student discloses the information to DASS. There are also different laws and expectations at the college level; therefore, not everyone who was accommodated in high school will qualify for accommodations at the college level. To get a better understanding of your rights as a student transitioning into college with a disability, please see the Office for Civil Rights’ website on these issues.www2.ed.gov/print/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html 

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In order to receive accommodations, will I need to get updated testing? 
Maybe. SMU requires testing that reflects your current functioning. There are some guidelines listed below that explain that testing should be based on an evaluation conducted within X years of the time of the request: 
ADHD -- Every 3 years 
Learning Disabilities -- Every 3 years 
Physical and Systemic Illness or Injury -- Every 6 to 12 months, unless the condition is permanent
Psychological Disabilities -- Every 6 to 12 months 
Additional disabilities are discussed in the specific documentation guidelines on our website. 

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What steps do incoming students need to take to apply for accommodations? 
Students must fill out the Student Request for Accommodation Eligibility form and upload or send in the appropriate documentation. Once the documentation AND request are received, DASS will review the information and contact you within 2 to 3 weeks. For additional information, please plan on attending the DASS breakout session on Day 1 of AARO (Academic Advising, Registration, and Orientation). Attending the breakout session during AARO will give you direct contact with a DASS staff member, who will inform you of the services available and how to utilize them. This is a critical step in assimilating to college as a student with a disabiity.

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How long does it take to have my documentation evaluated? 
Documentation is typically reviewed in 2 to 3 weeks, but can take a longer or shorter time depending on several factors, including: the complexity of the request, the thoroughness of the supporting information/documentation submitted, and the time of year. From mid-summer through the first two months of the Fall Semester we can see a hundred or more new accommodation requests, so we urge incoming students to submit new requests and documentation well before the start of classes.  

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Who evaluates my documentation? 
Documentation is evaluated primarily by the Disability Accommodations Coordinators on the DASS team.

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What happens after my documentation is evaluated? 
The Coordinator will contact you by phone or by e-mail to notify you of your next step, such as: 
Additional documentation or information may be requested. 
An updated evaluation may be necessary. 
An intake appointment with the Coordinator may be scheduled. 

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What kinds of things do I need to consider in transitioning from high school to college if I have a disability? 
There are several changes that will happen. Please read this article to get an idea of what some of those changes are.

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I have a condition that has been considered a disability and impacts my learning. What is available to me at SMU?
Before I accept SMU's offer of admission, I'd like to know what accommodations the University would provide me. How can I do that? 
I have accommodations in high school. Will I automatically receive accommodations in college? 
In order to receive accommodations, will I need to get updated testing? 
What steps do incoming students need to take to apply for accommodations? 
How long does it take to have my documentation evaluated? 
Who evaluates my documentation? 
What happens after my documentation is evaluated? 
What kinds of things do I need to consider in transitioning from high school to college if I have a disability? 


I have a condition that has been considered a disability and impacts my learning. What is available to me at SMU?
SMU students may request accommodations for any condition that can be considered a disability. There is a process for obtaining eligibility and the student will need to initiate that process. Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) works with students individually to ensure they are able to execute approved accommodations with their professors. Additionally, DASS offers academic coaching for undergraduate students with LD/ADHD, which can help with the transition to college and beyond. This may include assistance with executive functioning issues, time management, organization, reading and study skills, and self-advocating. There are additional services such as ORACLE (HDEV 1110), a 1-credit elective course specially designed for students with learning and attention disorders, focusing on reading and study skills and a student-run support and networking group called Students for New Learning. Finally, all SMU students can utilize the Learning Enhancement Center's academic services, such as free tutoring, study skills workshops, and the Writing Center. There is also assistive technology housed in the L.E.C. as well as most of the campus libraries for students with disabilities to utilize. All services, including accommodations as well as academic coaching, tutoring, and study skills support, are provided at no charge to SMU students.

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Before I accept SMU's offer of admission, I'd like to know what accommodations the University would provide me. How can I do that?
The available, typical accommodations are listed on the types of accommodations page. SMU's DASS team will review your documentation after you have been accepted by the University. Please follow the eligibility request protocol to have DASS review your documentation. 

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I have accommodations in high school. Will I automatically receive accommodations in college?
No. The University has no way of knowing if a student has a disability and received accommodations until the enrolled student discloses the information to DASS. There are also different laws and expectations at the college level; therefore, not everyone who was accommodated in high school will qualify for accommodations at the college level. To get a better understanding of your rights as a student transitioning into college with a disability, please see the Office for Civil Rights’ website on these issues.www2.ed.gov/print/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html 

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In order to receive accommodations, will I need to get updated testing? 
Maybe. SMU requires testing that reflects your current functioning. There are some guidelines listed below that explain that testing should be based on an evaluation conducted within X years of the time of the request: 
ADHD -- Every 3 years 
Learning Disabilities -- Every 3 years 
Physical and Systemic Illness or Injury -- Every 6 to 12 months, unless the condition is permanent
Psychological Disabilities -- Every 6 to 12 months 
Additional disabilities are discussed in the specific documentation guidelines on our website. 

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What steps do incoming students need to take to apply for accommodations? 
Students must fill out the Student Request for Accommodation Eligibility form and upload or send in the appropriate documentation. Once the documentation AND request are received, DASS will review the information and contact you within 2 weeks. For additional information, please plan on attending the DASS breakout session on Day 1 of AARO (Academic Advising, Registration, and Orientation).Attending the breakout session during AARO will give you direct contact with a DASS staff member, who will inform you of the services available and how to utilize them. This is a critical step in assimilating to college as a student with a disabiity.

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How long does it take to have my documentation evaluated? 
Documentation is typically reviewed in 1-2 weeks. 

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Who evaluates my documentation? 
Documentation is evaluated by the Disability Accommodations Coordinators on the DASS team.

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What happens after my documentation is evaluated? 
The Coordinator will contact you by phone or by e-mail to notify you of your next step, such as: 
Additional documentation or information may be requested. 
An updated evaluation may be necessary. 
An intake appointment with the Coordinator may be scheduled. 

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What kinds of things do I need to consider in transitioning from high school to college if I have a disability? 
There are several changes that will happen. Please read this article to get an idea of what some of those changes are.

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I have a condition that has been considered a disability and impacts my learning. What is available to me at SMU?
Before I accept SMU's offer of admission, I'd like to know what accommodations the University would provide me. How can I do that? 
I have accommodations in high school. Will I automatically receive accommodations in college? 
In order to receive accommodations, will I need to get updated testing? 
What steps do incoming students need to take to apply for accommodations? 
How long does it take to have my documentation evaluated? 
Who evaluates my documentation? 
What happens after my documentation is evaluated? 
What kinds of things do I need to consider in transitioning from high school to college if I have a disability? 


I have a condition that has been considered a disability and impacts my learning. What is available to me at SMU?
SMU students may request accommodations for any condition that can be considered a disability. There is a process for obtaining eligibility and the student will need to initiate that process. Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) works with students individually to ensure they are able to execute approved accommodations with their professors. Additionally, DASS offers academic coaching for undergraduate students with LD/ADHD, which can help with the transition to college and beyond. This may include assistance with executive functioning issues, time management, organization, reading and study skills, and self-advocating. There are additional services such as ORACLE (HDEV 1110), a 1-credit elective course specially designed for students with learning and attention disorders, focusing on reading and study skills and a student-run support and networking group called Students for New Learning. Finally, all SMU students can utilize the Learning Enhancement Center's academic services, such as free tutoring, study skills workshops, and the Writing Center. There is also assistive technology housed in the L.E.C. as well as most of the campus libraries for students with disabilities to utilize. All services, including accommodations as well as academic coaching, tutoring, and study skills support, are provided at no charge to SMU students.

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Before I accept SMU's offer of admission, I'd like to know what accommodations the University would provide me. How can I do that?
The available, typical accommodations are listed on the types of accommodations page. SMU's DASS team will review your documentation after you have been accepted by the University. Please follow the eligibility request protocol to have DASS review your documentation. 

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I have accommodations in high school. Will I automatically receive accommodations in college?
No. The University has no way of knowing if a student has a disability and received accommodations until the enrolled student discloses the information to DASS. There are also different laws and expectations at the college level; therefore, not everyone who was accommodated in high school will qualify for accommodations at the college level. To get a better understanding of your rights as a student transitioning into college with a disability, please see the Office for Civil Rights’ website on these issues.www2.ed.gov/print/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html 

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In order to receive accommodations, will I need to get updated testing? 
Maybe. SMU requires testing that reflects your current functioning. There are some guidelines listed below that explain that testing should be based on an evaluation conducted within X years of the time of the request: 
ADHD -- Every 3 years 
Learning Disabilities -- Every 3 years 
Physical and Systemic Illness or Injury -- Every 6 to 12 months, unless the condition is permanent
Psychological Disabilities -- Every 6 to 12 months 
Additional disabilities are discussed in the specific documentation guidelines on our website. 

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What steps do incoming students need to take to apply for accommodations? 
Students must fill out the Student Request for Accommodation Eligibility form and upload or send in the appropriate documentation. Once the documentation AND request are received, DASS will review the information and contact you within 2 weeks. For additional information, please plan on attending the DASS breakout session on Day 1 of AARO (Academic Advising, Registration, and Orientation).Attending the breakout session during AARO will give you direct contact with a DASS staff member, who will inform you of the services available and how to utilize them. This is a critical step in assimilating to college as a student with a disabiity.

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How long does it take to have my documentation evaluated? 
Documentation is typically reviewed in 1-2 weeks. 

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Who evaluates my documentation? 
Documentation is evaluated by the Disability Accommodations Coordinators on the DASS team.

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What happens after my documentation is evaluated? 
The Coordinator will contact you by phone or by e-mail to notify you of your next step, such as: 
Additional documentation or information may be requested. 
An updated evaluation may be necessary. 
An intake appointment with the Coordinator may be scheduled. 

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What kinds of things do I need to consider in transitioning from high school to college if I have a disability? 
There are several changes that will happen. Please read this article to get an idea of what some of those changes are.

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