Eligibility and Application Process
Frequently Asked Questions
Read below to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions concerning eligibility and the application process.
Saint Xavier University is committed to ensuring that all qualified students have equal access to the academic and non-academic programs and can participate fully in all aspects of student life. The goal of the Center for Accessibility Resources is to create an environment of equal access for students with documented disabilities, including:
- learning and attention disorders
- psychiatric disabilities
- mobility impairments
- sensory impairments
- chronic health impairments
In order to receive services for your disability, you must present documentation (at your expense) from a licensed and/or certified professional to the director of Center for Accessibility Resources. This documentation is used to develop appropriate and reasonable accommodations and should be within the last three years.
One thing you will find different in your transition from high school to college is that you are responsible for initiating requests for accommodations. It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student with a documented disability, as well as those of this University. Please review these pages and contact the director of the Center for Accessibility Resources if you have any questions:
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and assured services and accommodations that provide equal access to the activities and programs of this University. To establish that an individual is qualified to receive disability services, documentation must indicate that the disability substantially limits a major life activity.
Disability documentation submitted must:
- Be recent, relevant and comprehensive, and, where appropriate, contain test scores and interpretation (e.g., learning disability reports, audiograms, etc.).
- Demonstrate a substantial impact on one or more major life activities.
- Indicate whether the impact is current and stable or fluctuating (conditions that fluctuate over time may require more recent documentation).
- Adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques.
- Clearly substantiate the need for all of the student's requests for accommodations.
- Be provided by a credentialed medical professional such as an educational diagnostician, psychologist, psychiatrist, and/or physician. A prescription note from a physician is not a comprehensive evaluation of a student's disability.
- Be dated and signed and include the name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification.
Since the process of providing accommodations involves assessing your needs for specific courses and/or campus living situations, it is necessary to review and revise your accommodation plan on a semester-by-semester basis. All accommodation requests must be submitted in a timely manner -- students should initiate the accommodation planning process immediately after admission to the college.
Please Note: For specific documentation policies based on a type of disability, please contact the director of the Center for Accessibility Resources to receive these forms.
Yes. Students must notify the Center for Accessibility Resources of any accommodation needs each semester. Once a student has an accommodation letter, it is his/her responsibility to notify the Center for Accessibility Resources of any changes to their schedule. Accommodations are not retroactive and begin once the student provides the accommodation letter to their instructor.
It is not uncommon for a student to be diagnosed with a disability well into a semester or after starting college because the higher education environment is so different from previous academic experiences. In this situation, you will need to follow the same process as for a student with a known diagnosed disability from the beginning of the semester. Refer to the question: "I have a documented disability. What do I do?"