The Office of Accessibility

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In accordance with state and federal law, Fairfield University is committed to providing accommodations to eligible students with disabilities in order to ensure accessibility and equal opportunities to its programs, services, and activities. The Office of Accessibility facilitates reasonable academic and campus life accommodations for students who disclose a disability, meet the eligibility requirement and request accommodations through the Office of Accessibility.

The Office of Accessibility is located in the Academic Commons on the main floor of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

The Office of Accessibility can be reached at ooa@fairfield.edu or via the phone at 203-254-4000 ext. 2615.

Current Students

The Office of Accessibility facilitates effective, reasonable classroom and campus life accommodations for all students on campus who disclose a disability, meet the eligibility criteria, and request accommodations.

In order to request an accommodation through the Office of Accessibility, students must log into my.fairfield using their Net Id. Once logged onto my.fairfield, students can access the "Accessibility & Accommodations" task icon to complete the online process of requesting accommodations and submitting supporting documentation.

Incoming first year students are able to start the accommodation request process after May 1st.

 

 

Faculty & Staff

Fairfield University encourages all faculty and staff to read all communications from the Office of Accessibility and to comply with all requested accommodations as written. If the request for accessibility accommodations is unclear, appears to fundamentally alter the requirements of the course, or appears to be unreasonable, faculty/staff are expected to contact the Office of Accessibility immediately. If a student requests accommodations and the faculty/staff member has not been notified of the student's need for accommodations by the Office of Accessibility, the faculty/staff member should refer the student to the Office of Accessibility. 

Fairfield University also encourages faculty to include information on the course syllabus and to make an announcement at the beginning of the semester inviting students with disabilities to schedule an appointment to discuss academic accommodations with the Office of Accessibility.

Accommodations Request Process & Documentation Guidelines

The Office of Accessibility (“OOA”) is committed to providing accommodations to students with disabilities and temporary impairments to ensure that the student is provided with equal access to their academic and campus life activities. All accommodations requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and through an interactive process with each student.

In determining reasonable accommodations, OOA considers each student’s condition, history, experience, specific request(s) for accommodations and the unique characteristics of the course, program, or policy in order to determine whether or not such specific accommodation is reasonable.

While students are a vital source of information, in order to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations, OOA has established the following documentation guidelines.

These guidelines were created to assist students in identifying what information and documentation is needed to help inform the process of determining reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Please note that all documentation provided will be reviewed by OOA. If further documentation is required by OOA to establish the disability or the connection between the disability and the requested accommodation, the student is responsible for obtaining the additional documentation.

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