Welcome to Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Who uses Student Accessibility Services?
- Any student who has a disability or who suspects they may have a disability is welcome to make an appointment with a Student Accessibility Services Specialist.
- All St. Olaf students with physical, psychological, or cognitive disabilities may be eligible to receive appropriate academic accommodations and support through SAS.
- Many students with ADHD, learning disabilities, mental health disabilities such as depression and anxiety, physical disabilities, chronic health conditions and autism spectrum disorders work with Student Accessibility Services.
What is documentation?
- Complete, current information about the disability from an appropriate third party is often referred to as “documentation.” Documentation can come in several formats, but most often it is a report prepared by the licensed professional who assessed the disability. Our general guidelines for documentation can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Documentation Criteria
- The SAS Specialists will assist students in determining what specific documentation is needed.
What are accommodations?
- Accommodations are designed to provide students with disabilities with full access to the educational experience at St. Olaf.
- Accommodations are arranged on an individual, case-by-case basis, based on the limitations and recommendations stated in the documentation and a thorough discussion between the student and an SAS Specialist.
- Examples of accommodations include (but are not limited to) extended time on tests, a quiet room for testing, books in audio format, and notetakers. Our list of common accommodations can be viewed at the following link: Common Accommodations
What do the Student Accessibility Services Specialists do?
- Meet with current students who have, or suspect they have, a disability.
- Meet with new and prospective students and parents who are interested in learning more about accessibility services at St. Olaf.
- Review students’ documentation.
- Determine appropriate academic accommodations, provide accommodation letters, and communicate with faculty regarding the provision of accommodations. Provide support and advising to students through regular accountability meetings.
- Help students with time management, organization, study skills, and coping strategies.
- Assist students with finding and accessing other relevant resources, both on- and off-campus.
- Provide education on disabilities and accessibility services to students, faculty, and staff.
- Coordinate all alternate testing arrangements, alternate text requests, and notetaker services.
Who are the Student Accessibility Services Specialists?
- Nancy Cheeseman
- Laura Knobel-Piehl
What should you do before arriving at St. Olaf?
- Call now to make an appointment with one of the Accessibility Specialists. Appointments are available (and encouraged) throughout the summer.
- Find, review, and make copies of your documentation. Bring a copy with you when you come to your first appointment and keep the original at home.
- Call or e-mail with any questions or concerns.