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Requesting Academic & Housing Accommodations

The purpose of registering with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to ensure equal access to opportunities for success in your college experience at SU by making sure that reasonable accommodations are determined and implemented appropriately.

Incoming first-year and transfer students

While students can request accommodations through the DRC at any time, incoming first-year and transfer students are encouraged to register/request accommodations the semester before their first semester at SU.Once you have been admitted and commit to Salisbury University ( by submitting your deposit), you can initiate the process for requesting accommodations/services through the DRC. Please be aware that accommodations are not retroactive. Students scheduling appointments at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters(s) can anticipate increased wait times for initial intake appointments.

How to Register/Request Accommodations

NOTE: Students who are already registered with the DRC can contact the office to schedule an appointment to request additional accommodations/services when needed.

  1. Complete and submit the online Disability Resource Center Application to Request Accommodations/Services
  2. Submit documentation of a disability. Documentation must meet the DRC Documentation Criteria (PDF). Students are strongly encouraged to upload their disability documentation while completing their DRC Student Application. Providers may also complete the appropriate DRC Documentation Form below (in lieu of a letter):
  3. A DRC staff member will contact you via email to schedule your Initial Intake Appointment. Please be aware that this is a REQUIRED appointment, as the information obtained is an essential component in the determination of reasonable accommodations and services.

Initial Intake Appointment

To receive accommodations and services, you must meet with the DRC for an initial intake appointment. The initial intake is a 60-minute interactive dialogue with DRC staff to discuss your request for accommodations/services, and to provide an overview of the services available to you through the DRC and other campus partners. The goal of the initial intake is to gather the information necessary to ensure equal access through the determination of reasonable accommodations and services.

For Students Requesting Housing/Dining/Assistance Animal Accommodations

Please be aware of the following deadlines for requests for housing/dining/assistance animal accommodations: March 1st for Returning Students (Fall Contracts), June 1st for Incoming Students (Fall admits), and December 1st for Incoming and Returning Students (Spring contracts/admits).

While students can submit a completed housing/dining application after the deadline, there is no guarantee that, if approved, the requested accommodation will be provided during the upcoming/current academic year.

Who do we serve?

The DRC provides accommodations, modifications, and services to students with documented disabilities enrolled in Salisbury University’s undergraduate, graduate, or regional programs. Such disabilities include but are not limited to, learning, physical/mobility, vision, hearing, chronic health, and mental health diagnoses. The DRC also works with students with some temporary impairments, as appropriate.

DRC Disability Documentation Criteria

We will collaboratively review and consider all documentation submitted on a case-by-case basis. Documentation of disability will assist the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in understanding the impact of the student’s disability and/or temporary condition in the collegiate academic setting. Documentation submitted should be prepared by a qualified professional. A qualified professional is defined as an individual who is licensed or is a formally recognized expert in the medical, psychological, and/or educational field with the authority to make diagnoses and/or recommendations in their specific field of practice.

There are multiple ways to provide documentation of your disability. Documentation should provide proof of diagnosis and/or prior accommodations. The DRC follows the guidance from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) on documentation review and accommodation approval. Some examples of documentation of disability include:

  • IEP/504 plan
  • Medical records/patient portal diagnostic summary
  • Letter from a healthcare professional, on letterhead, which confirms a diagnosis.
  • DRC Medical Documentation Form (PDF) (Must be completed by a qualified professional.)
  • Accommodation letter from previous postsecondary institution(s)
  • Full evaluation/diagnostic report (e.g. Achievement Testing: Psychoeducational, Assessment of Information Processing: (Bender-Gestalt Perceptual-Motor Test)

If you have any questions about your documentation, please contact the DRC as soon as possible.