Accessibility Services

Accessibility Policy Statement

Lake Superior State University is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive campus environment for people of all abilities. Our Accessibility Services (AS) office is committed to helping students with disabilities participate as fully as possible in the university’s programs, services and activities.  It is our policy that persons with disabilities will have access to any program, service, or activity offered by the university that is comparable to the access received by persons without disabilities, unless such access would place an undue burden upon the university. If technologies or other products are needed to provide access to university programs, services, or activities, AS will make every reasonable effort to purchase such products; if these products cannot be purchased, AS will make provisions for effective alternatives that meet the accessibility requirements.

Students with disabilities have a right to:

  • Request accommodations through the university’s AS office.
  • Receive accommodations appropriate to their disability in order to fully participate in, or benefit from, the university’s programs, services, and activities in a non-discriminatory, integrated manner.

To obtain the necessary accommodations, students are responsible for:

  • Meeting with the AS Coordinator to register for an accommodation plan.
  • Providing current supporting documentation regarding the requested accommodations.

Student Requirements for Accommodations

All students who identify themselves as having a disability should contact Accessibility Services (AS) to request accommodations.  Students with disabilities have the same obligations that all students have to meet all university standards for academic performance and codes of conduct. Faculty members are not obligated to provide accommodations to students without proper authorization and notification from the Accessibility Services office. Students should contact the AS office by telephone at 906-635-2355 to make an appointment for setting up their accommodations. For new incoming students, we recommend submitting documentation and meeting with the AS Coordinator at least four weeks prior to the start of your first semester to ensure that your accommodations are in place on the first day of classes. Students returning to LSSU after an absence of one or more semesters need to reapply with the AS office to develop a new accommodation plan.

Prior to the accommodations appointment at the AS office, students need to submit an application and provide medical documentation to the AS Coordinator showing that the student is covered under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The disability evaluation documentation must be issued by a relevant and credentialed professional and must be dated no more than three years prior to the student’s accommodations request.  The documentation must also demonstrate how the disability affects the individual’s ability to function in one or more major life activities at the university. Based on this documentation, the university’s AS Coordinator will work with the student to set up an effective accommodations plan in compliance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The required documentation can be dropped off to the AS Coordinator in LIBR-233, or submitted by email to Accessibility Services at . We recommend that students provide documentation to the AS Coordinator at least 48 hours before their appointment to give the AS Coordinator sufficient time to draft an accommodation plan.  The AS office may waive these documentation requirements for students whose disabilities are outwardly apparent, such as a wheelchair, etc.

Why Register for Services

In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available.  Students who desire such services are urged to meet with their professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their disability-related needs.

However, students will not receive services until they are properly register with Accessibility Services.

Proper registration will enable Accessibility Services to verify the disability and determine reasonable and effective academic accommodations. Accessibility Services is located in the KJS Library Room 233, extension 2355.

Students making a successful transition to higher education bring with them:

  • The documentation that permits reasonable accommodation,
  • A desire to actively participate in the accommodation process,
  • And the ability to compete on a playing field made level by those accommodations mandated by law.

Students are encouraged to contact post secondary institutions as early as ninth grade to learn more about admission requirements, disability services and the array of educational opportunities available to them as individuals with disabilities.

A sampling of services offered

  • Extra testing time
  • Test readers or scribes
  • Access to distraction reduced testing environment
  • Alternative testing formats
  • Request digital or audio textbooks
  • Classroom audio taping
  • Note-taking services
  • Assistive technology
  • Alternative seating in classrooms

Hours of Operation

Academic Year Office Hours

  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Summer Semester Office Hours

  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

NOTE:  The Accessibility Office endeavors to preserve the confidentiality of the student’s disability information. Professors or other school officials may request information about the impact of a student’s disability that may relate to safety needs or a student’s ability to learn. Holding safety paramount, the Accessibility Office will only share information with other school officials when appropriate and will carefully balance a student’s request for confidentiality with any request for information about the student’s accommodation needs.

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Grievance Procedures

If any person believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination, including harassment by unlawful and unacceptable expressions, acts, attitudes and/or behaviors based on race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disability, religion, height, weight, sexual preference, marital status, or veteran status, he or she should contact the Director of Human Resources, Lake Superior State University Administration Building, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783 (906-635-2697) within sixty (60) working days of the action of which the person complains.