Policies and Procedures
St. Olaf is committed to accessibility for all students, and the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) staff welcomes the opportunity to assist in ensuring accessibility for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who would like to be considered for academic accommodations are responsible for initiating this process. The first step in pursuing accommodations is for the interested student to contact SAS, located in the Academic Support Center, Buntrock 108. This contact should happen in a timely manner in order to prevent delays in the provision of accommodations and/or services; a general guideline is at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes or as soon as a disability becomes known. Official notification is considered to be visits, phone calls, emails, or letters from the student to SAS staff. While initial notification may also come from a parent, high school, transfer institution, or other interested party, the student must follow up with direct contact him/herself in order to be given consideration for services as a student with a disability. Notifying other College personnel (outside of SAS) about a disability is not considered official notification. If a student discloses a disability to other College personnel, that person may contact SAS and/or provide information to the student about SAS.
Students with disabilities will meet with SAS staff to discuss their disabilities, functional limitations/barriers, past use of accommodations (if any), and desired accommodations. Complete, current information about the disability from an appropriate third party is often helpful for this initial discussion, and may be required depending on the disability and the situation. SAS staff will assist the student in determining what specific third party information is needed. Together, the student and SAS staff will determine what reasonable accommodations and/or services may be appropriate. Consultation between SAS and St. Olaf faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential elements and reasonable accommodations may occur in certain situations. SAS will file all official disability-related documentation and ensure that documents are kept confidential and shared with College personnel on a limited and need-to-know basis only.
Please view the following links for additional information regarding Student Accessibility Services:
Many of our Policies and Procedures are currently being updated and revised. Existing policies may be referenced at the following link:
Existing Policies and Procedures-under revision