How to Receive Academic Accommodations
Step 1: Create and Submit a Digital Application
To receive academic adjustments/accommodations at Fairleigh Dickinson University, eligible students will need to submit a digital application by following these steps:
- Visit the Metropolitan Campus DSS page.
- Select “New Students Apply for DSS Services.”
- Follow the instructions to complete and submit the digital application.
Step 2: Collect Supporting Documentation
Next, students must send a copy of their most recent diagnostic evaluation(s) to the Office of Disability Support Services. Completed applications (i.e., a digital application accompanied by supporting documentation) will be reviewed by the In-Class Accommodations Committee, which will determine student eligibility for each requested accommodation. Note: While IEP and 504 Plans from high school are sometimes helpful, they are usually not sufficient for determining eligibility.
Please send said documentation to:
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Office of Disability Support Services – T-RH2-09
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Fax to: 201-692-2469
Step 3: Notification of Committee’s Decision
The committee’s determination of academic adjustments/accommodations will be based on the documentation provided by students. Students are informed in writing of the In-Class Accommodations Committee’s decision. If academic adjustments/accommodations are approved, students are instructed to schedule a meeting with Disability Support Services.
During the meeting, students learn about the process for receiving disability support services and which in-class academic adjustments/accommodations they will receive for the current semester. The Office of Disability Support Services produces letters of accommodation for students to distribute to their professors each academic term.
Please note that the Office of Disability Support Services does not mail or forward accommodation letters directly to students’ home addresses or to faculty.
Step 4: Give Accommodation Letters to Your Professors
Students are responsible for requesting electronically and picking up the designated accommodation letters from the Office of Disability Support Services each term; students must, in turn, hand-deliver said letters to their professors in a timely manner. The process of hand-delivering accommodation letters to professors allows students to initiate a dialogue regarding their approved academic adjustments/accommodations and their needs with their faculty. The accommodation letters do not disclose details of students’ specific disabilities.
It is strongly recommended that students provide their professors with letters of accommodation within the first two weeks of the semester. Academic adjustments/accommodations will not be provided until professors receive said accommodation letters. Accommodations are not retroactive.
Step 5: Monitor Your Progress and Ask If You Need Further Assistance
As each semester progresses, students are responsible for monitoring their progress in each of their classes. If students require additional assistance in ensuring the satisfactory delivery of their approved accommodations, they must contact the Office of Disability Support Services immediately.
If students require academic assistance or additional support services, they are encouraged to contact the office for additional information regarding campus resources.
Step 6: Future Semesters
Students will not need to re-apply each semester but must:
- Visit fdu.edu/metroada.
- Click on “Log Into MYDSS.”
- Select the courses for which they wish to obtain accommodation letters based on their approved accommodations/adjustments.
- Select the accommodations they wish to have included per letter of accommodation based on their approved accommodations/adjustments.
- Submit their requests.
Students are required to pick up their accommodation letters each semester from the Office of Disability Support Services. The requested letters will be ready to pick up during the first week of each semester. If students are seeking changes to their academic adjustments/accommodations, they must contact the office at 201-692-2076.