SVSU offers auxiliary aids and services to students with documented disabilities. All support services are individualized to meet the needs of students, and are based on an intake interview and proper documentation. There is no "program" that requires special admission and there are no fees for services. Students are encouraged to self-identify as soon as they have been accepted for admission to SVSU so that documentation can be collected in a timely manner. SVSU does not discriminate against students with disabilities. Contact information and the web page address are found at the bottom of this page.
Information must state the following:
Students with Learning Disabilities
Individuals with learning disabilities must provide a copy of the psycho-educational testing report no older thank three years old, supporting the diagnosis. The report should include the results of the diagnostic tests, the tools used to make the determination, and the recommended accommodations. If you are requesting accommodations for only a learning disability diagnosis and no other disability, you will not need to complete the Disability Documentation Form with your treating health care provider.
Can I Use My High School IEP or 504 Plan to Verify My Disability?
Disability Services generally MAY accept IEPs or 504 Plans as verification for a disability, and will review the IEP or 504 that includes all testing and scores, and if the report is less than (3) three years old. These educational plans may be helpful to you when discussing your accommodations, and you are welcomed to bring them as supplemental information for your initial registration appointment, but we reserve the right to ask for additional information.
If your clinician feels that your condition or learning difficulties are significant enough to constitute a disability, this should be explicitly stated on the form.
Examples of unacceptable documentation include a brief note from a doctor that simply requests an accommodation, information or notes written on prescription pad, or a copy of aftercare instruction given to patients.
Documentation of a learning disability which is not comprehensive or which identifies learning "problems or challenges," but does not specifically diagnose a learning disability, will need to be supplemented in most circumstances.
Medical documentation or testing for learning disabilities in grades K-12 under special education programs which meet individual state requirements may or may not be acceptable at the college level.
Disability information is not reviewed to assess the need for medical or clinical intervention or remedial educational services. Clinical consultation to correct or rededicate specific learning or medical problems is not provided or paid for by the college.
Comfort Animal Policy and Form (139kB)
Saginaw Valley State University is committed to fulfilling its obligations under state and federal laws, including providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. This Policy governs the use of therapy/emotional support animals as accommodations in University housing by persons with disabilities.
Requests for accommodation regarding a therapy/emotional support animal shall be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be supported by sufficient documentation, as more fully described below.
The purpose of this policy is to outline under what conditions, where, and when a therapy/emotional support animal is permitted in University housing.
A therapy/emotional support animal is an animal that is necessary to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling when there is a disability-related need for the assistance provided by the animal and assistance from an animal is an integral part of a person’s treatment process.
Therapy/emotional support animals are only allowed in the person’s University housing residence, except to the extent that a service animal also qualifies as a therapy/emotional support animal, in which case the Service Animal Policy applies.
The use of a therapy or emotional support animal as an accommodation is determined by the Director of Disability Services (DS) based on documentation completed by a licensed psychiatrist. A resident desiring to use a therapy/emotional support animal in University housing must be registered with DS in advance; the animal should not be brought into University housing until a meeting with DS has occurred and written approval for the animal granted. This policy applies to all forms of University housing. Therapy/emotional support animals are not pets and the University continues to enforce a no-pet’s policy in University housing.
Saginaw Valley State University reserves the right to make exceptions to, modify or eliminate this policy or its content. This document supersedes all previous policies, procedures or guidelines relative to this subject. 9/2016
Service animals as defined by the ADA are allowed in University housing as a reasonable accommodation. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Amendments, an individual with a disability may also request to keep a support animal, sometimes called assistance animals, as a reasonable accommodation in housing facilities as a modification to pet policies or other imposed restrictions or prohibitions on animals. In order to qualify for such an accommodation, the support animal must be necessary to afford the individual an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling or to participate in the residential life program. Further, there must be a relationship, or nexus, between the individual’s disability and the assistance the animal provides.
Support Information/Documentation provided must state:
Comfort Animal Psychiatric Form -
Note: The psychiatrist that provides this documentation, must be the mental health professional, who prescribes the "emotional support animal",
Again, please note the documentation listed above that is not accepted.
Please download this form and have your psychiatrist complete. NOTE: Form must be legible or it will be returned and may delay process.
Comfort Animal Policy and Form (139kB)