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Documentation Guidelines and Procedures for Requesting SSD Authorizations for Academic Accommodation

Students seeking disability-related accommodations in academic courses should request such adjustments through the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office.

Students who do not already have valid SSD Authorizations for Academic Accommodations must follow the steps below. 

Step One: Complete the "Request to Register with Services for Students with Disabilities" form. 
  • If you don't have you disability documentation in an electronic format please submit it to our office:
    • Documentation may be sent to our office via:
      • Fax: 607-777-6893
      • Mail: Services for Students with Disabilities, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
      • Email attachment: ssd@binghamton.edu.
Step Two: Schedule an Intake Appointment
  • Our office will reach out to you to schedule an appointment and/or to request further information.
  • During this meeting you will learn about available supports, as well as, policies and procedures regarding your individualized equal access accommodations at Binghamton University.

Procedures for Requesting SSD Authorization Letters for Academic Accommodations in specific courses:

  1. Once you have been authorized for accommodations by the SSD Office, you will need to complete a "Request for Academic Accommodation Letters" form each semester in order to receive the accommodations.
  2. SSD Registered Students will meet with each of their professors as soon as possible and during their office hours, reviewing the accommodation authorization letters, discussing your equal access accommodations, and confirming with them a mutually agreeable plan for their implementation throughout the semester.

SSD's Timeline for Processing Completed Requests:

  • Request Forms received by the indicated due date will be processed prior to the beginning of the semester. Late requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  • Request Forms received after the start of the semester will be processed within seven (7-10) working days.

Utilizing SSD Authorizations For Academic Accommodation As Tools for Effective Self-Advocacy

Binghamton University is committed to equal access and to the provision of academic accommodations that ensure an equal playing field for students with and without disabilities within the parameters of established academic standards. The effective implementation of appropriate academic accommodations requires active involvement and collaboration by the students needing them and the faculty responsible for teaching their classes.

As a student who has received SSD Authorizations for Academic Accommodation for one or more of your courses, you are responsible for meeting with each of your professors to discuss your equal access accommodations and confirming with them a mutually agreeable plan for their implementation throughout the semester. We strongly recommend that you:

  • Complete and submit the Request for Academic Accommodation Letters Form to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)  for which you anticipate needing them. 
  • Once your Academic Academic Accommodation letters have been sent to your professors, you should contact them to schedule a meeting with them early in the semester to review course expectations, discuss your needs, and clarify accommodation arrangements. Do not wait until your first exam.
  • During your scheduled appointment with your professor:
    • Demonstrate your interest in the course.
    • Openly and knowledgeably discuss your disability-related needs and the accommodations listed in the Accommodation Authorization from SSD.
    • Address faculty questions or concerns honestly and openly, with as much information as you are comfortable sharing.  
    • Ask the professors about procedures and timelines for ensuring the implementation of your academic accommodations. Be polite but persistent in arriving at a clear understanding regarding your mutual responsibilities for implementation.
    • If you are unable to arrive at a satisfactory agreement regarding accommodations and implementation responsibilities, request that the professor call Services for Students with Disabilities and him or her with our phone number (x72686). Then call or come by the office to let us know you need assistance resolving the situation.  

If you have any concerns or would like to practice your self-advocacy approach before making appointments with your professors, we encourage you to make an appointment with our office. We are happy to work with you and support you in all your academic pursuits.

Last Updated: 12/7/18