Presentation Versus Modification
Accommodations and services offered to students with disabilities are intended to alter the way in which course material is presented, assessed, etc., but in no way, are they intended to modify course content or program requirements as established by Saginaw Valley State University and their professor.
Certification & Documentation
In most cases, to be eligible for services, students must provide documentation of their disability issued within the last three years. Certification of a disability - documentation may be requested annually, to provide updates on the disability or diagnosis changes.
Any accommodations that are requested after the start of the term will be implemented in 7 to 14 days after the student has notified the ARA of a disability and they have received appropriate documentation. Any grades, activities, tests, quizzes or other student responsibilities cannot be subject to accommodations prior to the date of request.
Accommodations are based on the documentation students provide. If a student finds they need additional help beyond the accommodations provided, then they should contact the ARA for help.
Students Must Register
Students must be registered with the ARA, have their health care provider complete our form, provide suitable documentation, and meet with one of our ARA Professionals. Suitable documentation includes an IEP or 504 plan, a psycho/educational assessment completed within three years after high school graduation, a description of the condition with the diagnostic code, and which accommodations are recommended.
- Register with the ARA
- Have a health care provider complete the necessary form(s)
- Acquire and provide suitable documentation
- Meet with an ARA Professional
- Keep all important documentation or certifications up-to-date
- Stay informed on SVSU expectations for those registered through the ARA
- If you need help, reach out to the ARA in a timely manner