In order to receive academic, meal plan, or housing accommodations, students must be registered with SAC. All requests for accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by SAC Staff. Students can register with SAC at any point during their academic career, but we strongly recommend that this process begin as early as possible as accommodations are not retroactive. Accommodations do not ensure academic success, but they provide equal access to success during a student’s time at Loyola University.
According to Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act & the Americans with Disabilities Act, a reasonable accommodation is:
"a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, or activity that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access. Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability. Only the peripheral requirements of courses, programs, and activities are subject to modification; essential elements of courses, programs, and activities must remain intact."
In order to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, SAC:
- Keeps confidential and private all information regarding a student's disability
- Determines the accommodations and services to be provided to a student, taking into consideration the student's documentation, preferences, available resources and course requirements
- Explains the process for the provision of accommodations and services to the student orally and in writing
- With student consent, notifies the student's instructors in writing, certifying that a student has a disability and stating recommended academic accommodations
- With student consent, notifies appropriate university staff and administrators of non-academic accommodations and services such as housing, recreation, safety, counseling, financial aid, transportation, health services, employment, insurance and other co-curricular activities
Please note that Loyola does not provide aides, services, or devices for personal use or study. Additionally, any accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of the course work, the materials assigned, or are unduly burdensome financially or administratively will not be provided.
In order to use SAC’s testing accommodations, It is the student’s responsibility to schedule exams with accommodations using the SAC Exam Scheduling Form. Alternatively, students may also make different arrangements directly with faculty.
Reduced Distraction Environment
A reduced distraction environment means that the student needs to take the exam in an area that is reasonably quiet with low stimuli. The environment doesn’t need to be a silent private setting. The environment can include taking the test with a small number of students and the room must allow for students to start and finish their exams with limited interruptions. Tools that may help further reduce distractions for students may include: noise cancelling headsets, ear plugs, study carrels, etc.
A private room accommodation means that the student needs to take an exam in a reasonably quiet with low stimuli room in a room by themselves.
Extra Time on Tests/Quizzes
Students who have the accommodation of extra time on tests/quizzes should receive extra time on any test/quiz intended to be completed in a single session and is graded such as; quizzes, pop quizzes, exams, midterms and finals. The additional time is calculated from the total amount of time given to the class to take the test/quiz. If an exam is to be completed through an online learning management system, extra time can be added for an individual student. In order to give a student extra time through SAKAI, please contact LUC IT at: https://www.luc.edu/its/helpdesk/index.shtml
Some students may use computers for typing short answers/essays, dictation software, or reading software on their tests/quizzes.
Use of Calculator
In some cases, students with very Specific Learning Disabilities in math (Dyscalculia) may be approved to use a basic 4 function calculator in class and on exams. Instructors should notify SAC if this fundamentally alters course objectives.
Audio Note Taking Software
Notetaking services are academic accommodations to provide access to course lectures for students whose documented disability affects their ability to take notes. The notes and lecture materials provided are not meant to be a substitute for class attendance. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (45 CFR 84.44) specifically identifies audio recording as an appropriate academic accommodation.
Students use software called Sonocent. Students may use their phone, tablet, or laptop to record the lecture, and providing power points in advance is recommended to help the student best utilize the software. Students must complete the SAC Audio Notetaker Form, in which the student agrees to not share any course recordings and acknowledges that the recordings are solely for their personal educational use. Students must obtain faculty signatures to demonstrate faculty is aware that class is being recorded.
Peer Note Taker
Notetaking services are academic accommodations to provide access to course lectures for students whose documented disability affects their ability to take notes. The notes and lecture materials provided are not meant to be a replacement for a student’s own notes (unless a student is unable, due to the effects of a disability, to take any notes at all) or as a substitute for class attendance. SAC may request the faculty to assist in facilitating a peer note taker; a detailed request from SAC will be provided if this accommodation is necessary.
Priority Registration is an accommodation approved by SAC on an individual basis through an interactive process between SAC and the student. It must be supported by the documented effects of the student’s disability. When approved, Priority Registration gives eligible undergraduate students access to register for courses on the earliest possible date. Priority registration may not be applicable for students during their first semester at LUC.
Any text that is required or supplemental for academics needs to be accessible. Accessible instructional materials are print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphic, audio, video).
SAC will indicate the recommended font size in the student’s accommodation letter.
Audio Books and E-books
Students approved for audio books or e-books must submit the Alternative Textbook Activation to SAC.
Students may need flexibility with attendance within reasonable limits beyond syllabus policies. This accommodation can be implemented differently in each course as the essential elements and design of a course have to be taken into consideration. Faculty, please see Accommodation Activation for Registered Students Form for more information. Students are encouraged to complete the SAC Attendance Accommodation Guidelines with faculty to determine appropriate expectations for each course.
Students may need flexibility with deadlines within reasonable limits beyond syllabus policies. This accommodation can be implemented differently in each course as the essential elements and design of a course have to be taken into consideration. Faculty, please see the SAC Attendance Accommodation Guidelinesfor more information. Students are encouraged to complete the Attendance/Deadline Accommodation Agreement Form with faculty to determine appropriate expectations for each course.
All video materials must be captioned. If captioning/transcription is not available, please contact our office at 773-508-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CART Communication Access Realtime Translation
CART provides an instant translation of spoken English into written text that is displayed on a laptop monitor. This allows the student to read what is being said during a class session. CART can be provided in person or remotely.
Sign language interpreters serve as communication facilitators between the student and professors or teaching assistants and other participants in classes and meetings.
Student may require preferential seating in the classroom. The actual location will depend on the individual student's needs.
Student may require a short break during class. The nature of the break will depend on the individual student's needs.
Student has a disability that may impact their ability to produce in-class writing assignments or exams that are correct in terms of grammar and/or spelling. Please do not subtract points for this unless it is a fundamental component of the class to produce writing samples on demand.