Student Accessibility Services (formerly known as Disability Services)

Tufts' Commitment to Students

Tufts University welcomes students with disabilities and assures them that the university will provide access to all programs for which they are qualified. In accordance with all Federal, State and University regulations Tufts is committed to providing support and equal access for all students so that they may access curricula to achieve their academic potential.

Reasonable accommodations are afforded to any student who is registered with the Student Accessibility Services Office, who has been deemed eligible by the Director of the Student Accessibility Services in accordance with Tufts polices, and in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Accommodations must be requested by the student, and be pertinent to the student's documented disability, and must not substantially alter the educational program, intent, process, nor be an administrative burden to execute for the parties involved.

The process of arriving at and implementing accommodations for a student involves:

  1. Documentation submission and review (documentation must meet the specifications outlined on the Student Accessibility Services Office website)
  2. An interview with the Student Accessibility Services Director
  3. Student's request for specific accommodations. Requests for accommodations must be timely, and cannot be enacted retroactively.
  4. Approval and agreement of accommodations
  5. Notification of accommodations created and delivered in a timely manner.

Types of Needs Served

Tufts University provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities such as impaired hearing, speech, mobility, or vision, and students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Assistance is also provided to students coping with serious illness (both medical and psychiatric). Students are required to provide the university with current documentation (no more than 5 years old), including test results, from a qualified professional in the field related to the particular disability.

The successful provision of reasonable accommodations requires the student's commitment to taking responsibility and following the policies and procedures. Maintaining active communication with both faculty and the Director of Student Accessibility Services, and complying with deadlines for advance notice of specific accommodations are examples of these student responsibilities.

The Student Accessibility Services Office coordinates accommodations for students that are academic in nature and will work with students and families to coordinate non-academic accommodations when needed.

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