Accessing Accommodations

Requesting Academic Accommodations

Fredonia is committed to achieving equal access and full participation for students with disabilities.  The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) engages in an interactive process and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis.


 Step 1: Students should provide appropriate documentation to DSS, which establishes the need for accommodations and relates the current impact of the disability to the requested accommodation(s).

Documentation may be submitted in the following methods:

Step 2: Within 5 business days of submitting your disability-related information, you will receive an email from DSS through via your student email address, which will include instructions on how to schedule an appointment with the Coordinator to discuss your accommodation request.

After meeting with the Coordinator, you will receive a follow-up email regarding the outcome of your request.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process or encounter difficulties submitting your information, please contact DSS at 1-716-673-3270 or email


Students who require accommodations are required to meet with the Coordinator each semester to complete their accommodation request. Students are encouraged to contact the DSS office during the first 2 weeks of the semester to schedule an appointment. Please note that some accommodations may require students to contact DSS prior to the start of classes. A delay in discussing accommodations with the Coordinator may result in a delay in accommodations being provided. Accommodations are not retroactive.

Upon completion of the accommodation request, DSS will send an “Accommodation Memo” to each instructor for each class in which accommodations are requested. The memo notifies faculty that the student is registered with the office of Disability Support Services for Students, has provided appropriate documentation, and lists accommodations approved for the student. Memos are sent via email or campus mail with a copy provided to the student.

Faculty are not required to provide accommodations to students without notification from the DSS office.

After completing their accommodation request, students should contact their instructors to discuss their accommodations and/or make arrangements for accommodations to be provided. Students should contact the DSS Coordinator as soon as possible, if mutually agreed upon arrangements cannot be determined, if accommodations are not appropriate for the class, or if there are any issues with the agreed upon accommodations. The Coordinator will work with the faculty member and the student to determine an appropriate solution or alternative.

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