Nearly 10% of the Roger Williams University student population is comprised of students with documented disabilities, who are also registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). This fact sheet is designed to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student with a disability, as well as the policies and procedures that have been established for this group at the University.
There is no separate application process for students with disabilities to enter the University or to become registered with Student Accessibility Services. SAS students apply to the University using the same process as all other students. Because SAS at Roger Williams University is a service and not a comprehensive program, there are no additional fees associated with utilizing any aspect of Student Accessibility Services. Click here for more information about the application process.
The University is mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to provide equal access to facilities, educational and co-curricular programs, campus activities and employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities. To provide said access, the SAS office was created more than a decade ago.
SAS ensures that students with disabilities have physical and academic access to the educational experience here at the University by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. SAS believes that the most successful students are self-advocates who identify their own needs, take personal initiative in problem-solving and decision-making, and effectively use all available resources to fully participate in the educational experience.
Services are available to all students with documented disabilities that substantially limit a major life activity, such as learning, hearing, seeing, reading, walking, and speaking. It is the student’s responsibility to provide current documentation from an appropriate professional (physician, psychologist, etc.). Students must request academic accommodations in person in the SAS office each semester.
The students who are registered with SAS are not flagged anywhere in the RWU community (i.e. class rosters, Datatel, etc.). Disability-related information is confidential and is not shared outside the SAS office without a student’s permission.
Having met with a member of the SAS staff to discuss accommodations for the current semester’s courses, eligible students will be given an Academic Accommodation Authorization form (a.k.a. "yellow sheet"). It is the student’s responsibility to deliver the authorization form to the faculty member in a timely manner and to make arrangements for accommodations (this might include reminding a professor to deliver a test to SAS). Instructors are not expected to provide accommodations "on demand" or "after the fact."
The most commonly requested accommodations are: extended time for test-taking, testing in a less distracting environment, note-taking assistance and alternate texts. Accommodations are not intended to guarantee success. They are intended to "level the playing field," so that students have equal access. This means that they are assessed on their learning and not on the impact of their disability in the educational environment.