Requesting Accommodations

The Office of Academic Support Services serves as an advocate for students with documented disabilities to ensure equal access to the College. Various support services have been established to assist students according to their documented needs. Every effort is made to help students make a smooth transition to college and to succeed throughout their college experience. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Support Services prior to the beginning of each semester. Accommodations are not RETROACTIVE, so students are encouraged to contact the office and provide all required documentation in a timely manner to ensure student success.

In order to be provided academic accommodations, students must:

  1. Submit a Self Identification Form to the Office of Academic Support. Submitting this form alone does not guarantee accommodations.

  2. Provide documentation to verify disability. Please review documentation criteria to ensure documentation being submitted will be sufficient. Documentation can be submitted to:

Office of Academic Support

4000 Dauphin Street

Mobile, AL 36608-1791

Email: ccollins@shc.edu

  1. After submitting the Self Identification Form and providing documentation, meet with the Office of Academic Support staff to discuss accommodations. Appointments can be arranged by emailing ccollins@shc.edu.

Once the above has been satisfied students must:

  1. Complete a Faculty Letter Request Form at the beginning of each semester to the Office of Academic Support. If the form is completed prior to the semester beginning, students will receive letters a week prior to the semester start. If the form is completed after the semester begins, the office has at least a week to process and distribute letters to students/faculty.

  2. Arrange to meet with each professor to discuss accommodations the accommodations that have been granted through CASA. The professor is not obligated to provide accommodations retroactively.

  3. Follow the Testing Accommodations procedures to use accommodations for tests/exams.

    1. Students MUST complete all other accommodations requirements prior to a testing accommodation request being fulfilled.

    2. Discuss testing accommodations arrangements with the professor. If the professor is able to provide testing accommodations, it is not necessary to notify the office any further.

    3. If the student would like to use testing accommodations, the student should submit a Testing Accommodations Form at least 1 week prior to the test they would like to use their accommodations for. Someone will communicate further as it relates to the location, day and time of the exam/test/quiz.

    4. To ensure accommodations can be met, final exams should be scheduled at least 2 weeks before the last day of class.

    5. Students are expected to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to their testing appointment time. Students who arrive late will not be given additional time for their exam. The professor will be notified of the time the student arrived for the test, and the student may have to make arrangements with the professor to reschedule the test.

    6. Students are expected to adhere to academic honesty standards while being administered their exams/quiz/test. Students are permitted to bring only the materials listed on the Testing Accommodations form into the testing room with them unless otherwise noted. If a student is suspected of academic dishonesty by a staff member, the professor will be notified immediately and testing will end.

    7. If for any reason it is necessary to reschedule a testing appointment, students should contact Christine Collins at least 3 business days prior to their originally scheduled appointment to make arrangements.

    8. In the event of an emergency the day of the test appointment, the student will need to contact Christine Collins and their professor to reschedule their appointment.