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
Reasonable accommodations are afforded to any
student who is registered with the Student
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:
- Documentation submission and review
(documentation must meet the
outlined on the Student Accessibility Services Office
- An interview with the Student Accessibility Services
request for specific accommodations.
Requests for accommodations must be timely, and
cannot be enacted retroactively.
- Approval and agreement of accommodations
- 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
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.