Students with Disabilities

Student Information

Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of its services, programs and activities, in an accessible setting. Furthermore, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Connecticut State laws, we provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students, to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or upon other major life activities.

Procedures for Requesting Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations

1. A student who wishes to be considered for reasonable accommodations at Fairfield University must identify him/herself to Disability Support Services.

a. Undergraduate students entering Fairfield University for the first time - who have been accepted and have indicated their intention to enroll - will receive an orientation packet which contains a Request for Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations Form and a brochure containing information regarding consideration for reasonable accommodations at Fairfield University. The brochure also contains information regarding documentation requirements and guidelines. (Click on the Request for Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations Form‌, or the Documentation Guidelines below to print these documents). These forms can also be obtained by contacting Disability Support Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615.

b. Transfer, Continuing Studies, Graduate students and those who are currently enrolled at Fairfield University should contact Disability Support Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615 for information. (Request for Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations Form or the Documentation Guidelines below to print these documents.) These forms can also be obtained by contacting Disability Support Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615.

2. The student should return his/her Request for Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations Form, as well as his/her Documentation to:

Disability Support Services
Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

Request for Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations Form

For information regarding documentation requirements at Fairfield University, click on the documentation guidelines below or call the Director of Disability Support Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615.

CT AHEAD Documentation Guidelines

3. Disability Support Services reviews the student's documentation to determine if it is appropriate and complete. If additional information or clarification is needed, the director consults with the student and/or appropriate health care provider. If additional documentation is needed it is the student's responsibility to provide it.

4. Disability Support Services completes a careful review of the student's documentation to determine whether or not the student is disabled under the ADA and/or Rehabilitation Act and eligible to receive accommodations at Fairfield University.

5. After it has been determined that a student is disabled under the ADA and/or Rehabilitation Act and eligible to receive accommodations, Disability Support Services prepares a list of reasonable accommodations based on the request and supporting documentation. When appropriate, the director reviews the accommodations with relevant individuals on campus to determine if the suggested accommodations are reasonable in the context of a particular program, activity or service.

6. After the accommodations are determined to be appropriate, the student is asked to make an appointment to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services. During the meeting, the director discusses with the student the accommodations that have been recommended. The student and the director sign and date an Accommodations Agreement on the Disability Intake form. Procedures for implementing accommodations are discussed and the student's rights and responsibilities are reviewed. The student is also apprised that individual circumstances may warrant a modification of the accommodations agreed upon and listed on the Accommodations Agreement. The original agreement is kept in the student's file, the student receives a letter outlining the agreed upon accommodations, and when accommodations are needed in areas such as housing and transportation, those offices are notified.

Note: If in the future, a student wishes to discuss the possibility of receiving accommodations not listed on the signed Accommodations Agreement, the student should make an appointment to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services. Additional documentation may be needed.

Note: Students must request accommodations each semester. It is the student's responsibility to schedule an appointment to meet with the director each semester in order to arrange for accommodations.

7. If a student disagrees with the eligibility and/or accommodation decisions made by Disability Support Services, it is recommended that the student meet with the director to discuss his/her questions and concerns.

Any student who disagrees with the eligibility and/or accommodation decisions made by Disability Support Services has the right to file a grievance/complaint. Information regarding the filing of a grievance and/or complaint is available by contacting Disability Support Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615.

Accommodations - intended to reduce the impact of a disability - are determined on an individual basis and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Extended Test Time and/or tests proctored in a distraction-reduced environment
  • Note-takers, Scribes, Readers
  • Books on tape from RFBD or use of assistive technology workstation
  • Individual accommodations as appropriate (essential elements of course(s) or degree will not be altered)
  • Housing Accommodations as appropriate - please follow this link www.fairfield.edu/student/adss_housing.html for more information about changes to housing.

The University offers the following - to help ensure success - to the entire student body:

  • Academic Skills Development - Students meet individually, or in groups to work on areas such as: time management, organization skills, effective reading and note-taking strategies, etc.
  • Peer Tutorial Program
  • Faculty Advisors
  • Personal Counselors, Psychologists, Campus Ministry Personnel
  • Writing Center

Additional Resources for Adults with Disabilities

  • seriweb.com Special Education Resources on the Internet
  • ahead.org Association on Higher Education and Disability
  • www.cacld.org Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities
  • www.rfbd.org Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic - provides information on over 80,000 recorded textbooks. Students with learning disabilities are eligible to participate but must complete the certification requirements.
  • www.makoa.org/index.html disABILITY information and resources
  • www.fairfield.edu/lib_disabilitysupport.html Special Services at DiMenna-Nyselius Library

For More Information, please contact the Disability Support Services
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2615

Connecticut Relay Service relays calls between TDD users and non-TDD users within the United States
1-800-842-9710 (TTY/TDD)
1-800-833-8134 (VOICE)