The Mission of SVSU's Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (ARA) is to ensure that students, who possess different abilities, have the ability to actively participate in all facets of university life by removing barriers and coordinating support services that enable them the opportunity to achieve intellectual and personal growth. In doing so, we hope to increase the level of awareness and educate members of the campus community to ensure that SVSU is a safe and accepting community for all.
This commitment is consistent with legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) of 2008.
We welcome all visitors to our office. Please feel free to stop in anytime to speak with us! We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
260B Wickes Hall
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
Disability parking areas can be found in every parking lot.
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you need to make an appointment regarding accommodations, please speak with an Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (ARA) professional. During summer, fall and winter semesters, our professionals are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the spring semester, please call the office for availability.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) that applies to educational agencies and institutions that receive federal funds under any program administered by the Secretary of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records.
These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches age 18 or attends a postsecondary school. Students to whom the rights have been transferred are “eligible students.” Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student before releasing any identifiable information from a student’s education record. The consent must specify the records that may be disclosed, state the purpose of the disclosure and identify the party to whom the disclosure may be made. The office of ARA closely follows the law as pertaining to FERPA, as outlined below, except in the case that there is a threat to an individual’s safety, an emergency or as otherwise required by law.
The following is the process the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (ARA) employs to ensure that FERPA is followed:
Should you need additional information or help regarding FERPA, feel free to contact Ann Coburn-Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 964-2130.
Director of Academic Support Programs
Associate Director of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations