Welcome to Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Who uses Student Accessibility Services?
- Any student who has a disability or who suspects they may have a disability is welcome to make an appointment with a Student Accessibility Services Specialist.
- All St. Olaf students with physical, psychological, or cognitive disabilities may be eligible to receive appropriate academic accommodations and support through SAS.
What is documentation?
- Complete, current information about the disability from an appropriate third party is often referred to as “documentation.” Documentation can come in several formats, but most often it is a report prepared by the licensed professional who assessed the disability. Our general guidelines for documentation can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Documentation Criteria
- The SAS Specialists will assist students in determining what specific documentation is needed.
What are accommodations?
- Accommodations are designed to provide students with disabilities with full access to the educational experience at St. Olaf.
- Accommodations are arranged on an individual, case-by-case basis, based on the limitations and recommendations stated in the documentation and a thorough discussion between the student and an SAS Specialist.
- Examples of accommodations include (but are not limited to) extended time on tests, a quiet room for testing, books in audio format, and notetakers. Our list of common accommodations can be viewed at the following link: Common Accommodations
What do the Student Accessibility Services Specialists do?
- Meet with current students who have, or suspect they have, a disability.
- Meet with new and prospective students and parents who are interested in learning more about accessibility services at St. Olaf.
- Review students’ documentation.
- Determine appropriate academic accommodations, provide accommodation letters, and communicate with faculty regarding the provision of accommodations. All accommodation letters will be delivered to instructors via e-mail from an SAS Specialist.
- Provide support and advising to students through regular accountability meetings.
- Help students with time management, organization, study skills, and coping strategies.
- Assist students with finding and accessing other relevant resources, both on- and off-campus.
- Provide education on disabilities and accessibility services to students, faculty, and staff.
- Coordinate all alternate testing arrangements, alternate text requests, and notetaker services.
Who are the Student Accessibility Services Specialists?
- Connie Ford
- Laura Knobel-Piehl
To make an appointment with one of the SAS Specialists, please call the Academic Support Center at 507-786-3288.