Saint Xavier University is committed to providing equal access and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Formerly in partnership with the Learning Center, Disability Services is the heart of academic support for the students of Saint Xavier University, located in L-108 of the Warde Academic Center on the Chicago campus. Disability Services works closely with students and faculty, providing services and academic assistance to students with documented disabilities.
Specific accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by the director of the Disability Services, utilizing the required documentation and individual consultation with the student. Upon request, Disability Services will notify individual faculty members of the student's need for accommodations. There are many types of accommodations depending on the nature of the disability, which is categorized into:
- Medical (mobility, vision, hearing, health, developmental, TBI, etc.)
Disability Services has disability verification forms for each specific disability. Each registered student must have his or her health care professional complete a disability verification form.
Please Note: The student's responsibility to discuss specific accommodation needs with their professor at the beginning of each semester.
Any SXU student with a documented disability is eligible for services. According to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, persons are provided reasonable accommodations when that person:
- has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities;
- has a record of such impairment; or
- is regarded as having such impairment.
The student has an obligation to self-identify that he or she has a disability and needs accommodations. This is a significant change for many students who are used to having a secondary school automatically provide services. This is also a significant change for parents who are used to asking for services for their children and being a partner in the educational process.