How to Receive Academic Accommodations

Step 1: Collect supporting documentation

To receive academic adjustments/accommodations at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the student will need to send a copy of his/her most recent diagnostic evaluations to the Office of Disability Support Services. NOTE: While IEP and 504 Plans from high school are sometimes helpful, they alone are not always sufficient.

Please drop off or send your documentation to:

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Office of Disability Support Services
285 Madison Avenue, M-M01-01
Madison, NJ 07940.

Step 2: Schedule a meeting

Set up a meeting with the Director of Disability Support Services. Make sure to bring all appropriate documentation related to your condition/disability if you haven’t already done so. If you are unsure of what documentation to bring, or have yet to be tested, call and discuss the situation with a staff member prior to the meeting.

Step 3: Discuss procedures and determine accommodations

The determination of academic adjustments/accommodations will be based on documentation. During the meeting, you will learn about the process for receiving disability support services and learn what in-class academic adjustments/accommodations you will receive for the current semester. Based on the outcome of the meeting, the Office of Disability Support Services produces letters of accommodation for your professors.

Please note that the Office of Disability Support Services will not mail or forward accommodation letters directly to the student’s home address or to the faculty members.

Students must come to pick up their accommodation letters from the Office of Disability Support Services located on the 2nd floor of the Monninger Center (Room 206), and give the accommodation letters to the respective faculty members.

Step 4: Give Accommodation Letters to Your Professors

Pick up letters from the Office of Disability Support Services and hand-deliver them to your professors. The process of hand delivering accommodation letters to your professors will allow you to initiate a dialogue regarding your approved academic adjustments/accommodations and particular needs with your professor. The accommodation letters do not disclose details of your disability.

It is strongly recommended that you provide your professors with letters of accommodation within the first two weeks of the semester. Academic adjustments/accommodations will not be provided until your professor receives your accommodation letters. Accommodations are not retroactive.

Step 5: Monitor your progress and ask if you need further assistance

As the semester progresses, it is your responsibility to monitor the progress in your classes. If you require additional assistance in ensuring the satisfactory delivery of your accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Support Services immediately.

If you require academic assistance or additional support services, contact the office and you will be referred to the appropriate campus resource.

Step 6: Future semesters

You are required to come and pick up your accommodation letters each semester from the Office of Disability Support Services. The letters will be ready to pick up during the first week of each semester provided you have requested them. If you are seeking changes to your academic adjustments/accommodations, please feel free to contact the office. You can reach us at 973-443-8079.