The mission of Disability Services is to facilitate the process of academic accommodations for students with disabilities and work in collaboration with other University departments in an ef-fort to ensure full participation in all activities, programs, and services of Southern University At Shreveport.
DEFINITION OF DISABILITY
A person with a disability is any person with a physical or mental impairment, which substantial-ly limits one or more major life activities. Disabilities include but are not limited to mobility im-pairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, psychological disorders, learning disabili-ties, and neurological disorders.
Appropriate accommodations enable a student with a disability to work equally with his/her peers but are not intended to place a student with a disability at an academic advantage. The Counseling Center/Disability Services determines academic accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Examples of academic accommodations are extended time on in-class assignments and exams, distraction-free testing environment, and permission for a student to record class lectures.
A student seeking accommodations is required to provide medical documentation that will subs-tantiate the claim of a disability. A licensed professional qualified in the area of the disability must provide documentation on his/her office letter head. Documentation cannot be more than three (3) years old. The documentation should address the nature and extent of the disability as well as the recommended accommodations, and should describe how the specific disability im-pacts functions in the academic setting. The documentation should also address the specific di-agnosis, the tests used in making the diagnosis and, when appropriate, scores. IEPs or Education Plans should not be submitted in lieu of appropriate documentation.
In accordance with applicable law and university policies, Southern University at Shreveport en-sures equal opportunity for all qualified students with disabilities, without regard to disability in programs and services provided by the University. This commitment is in accordance with Fed-eral and Civil Rights Legislation, including Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STUDENT
Faculty will not provide accommodations without proper notification from the Counseling Cen-ter. It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify with the University Counselor-Disability Services (UCDS) in the Counseling Center and to request accommodations each semester.
STEPS TO RECEIVE ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS
- Student must self identify with the University Counselor- Disability Services (UCDS) and formally request accommodations.
- Student must meet with the University Counselor-Disability Services in the Counseling Center to discuss accommodations.
- Student must complete an Accommodation Request Form and provide the appropriate class schedule prior to or at the beginning of each semester/session.
- Student must pick up accommodation letters from the University Counselor-Disability Services.
- Student must meet with the instructor to discuss academic accommodations and have let-ter signed by instructor.
- Student must bring the signed letters back to the University Counselor-Disability Servic-es to complete the official documentation process.
Accommodation Request Form
Counseling Center Location
Johnny L. Vance Jr. Student Center - Upstairs, Office 210
Fall and Spring
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(318) 670-9479 or (318) 670-9473
Fax: 318 670-6463
Toll Free (800) 458-1472
The Counseling Center acts as a catalyst in the educational process by promoting a healthy environment in which the student can learn, grow, and move toward achieving his or her maximum potential. The Counseling Center facilitates total human development by proving programs that effectively integrate classroom, social, and personal experiences.