Accommodations Process

Intake and Accommodations

Students with disabilities who wish to seek academic or nonacademic accommodations (e.g., dietary, housing) should contact the assistant dean of student success. Accommodations and services are offered for eligible students with cognitive, medical, mental health and physical disabilities, including temporary disabilities such as injury, acute conditions or surgery.

While it is recommended that students with disabilities seek accommodations upon admission to the College, intake appointments can be made at any time. Accommodations begin at the date of approval and are not retroactive.

Accommodation Process

At Sweet Briar, students engage in an individualized and interactive process with accessibility services and with relevant faculty and staff to determine and arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Current and incoming students are encouraged to begin the accommodations process as soon as possible once a potential accommodation need has been identified. Requests will be addressed in the order in which they are received and acted upon as quickly as possible. Please note that the summer and start of the fall semester are generally busy times, so students are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible.

Students are encouraged to contact accessibility services at any time during the year if their accessibility needs have changed to request and discuss possible changes to their approved accommodations.

Collaboration and effective communication amongst students, faculty and staff are an integral part of the accommodations process.

Once accommodations are in place, it is essential that students remain in communication with accessibility services and relevant faculty/staff around their ongoing accessibility needs. Students are encouraged to contact accessibility services as soon as possible if:

  • their accommodations are not meeting their needs;
  • their needs have changed;
  • they would like to request additional or different accommodations;
  • they encounter any barriers in implementing their approved accommodations; or
  • they would like to request assistance in communicating with faculty or staff around specific accommodation needs.

Students who have academic accommodations must speak with their instructors about their accommodations in order to activate the accommodations. Students are encouraged to do so early in the semester whenever possible. Accommodations are not retroactive. We find that collaboration between students and instructors results in a smoother accommodations process.