Registering with ODS

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is the designated campus office that facilitates access for students with documented disabilities to programs and activities at Syracuse University. If you are a student with a disability and plan to request accommodations, it is important that you contact the Office of Disability Services. Students with disabilities may choose to self-disclose at any time. However, in order to ensure sufficient time to arrange for and provide auxiliary aids and services, requests for accommodations should be made as early as possible. Please feel free to contact the Office of Disability Services at (315) 443-4498 or (315) 443-1371 TDD, to speak with an ODS Counselor regarding any questions or concerns.

Syracuse University is an academic community, which values diversity and seeks to promote meaningful access to educational opportunity for all of its students. The Office Of Disability Services (ODS) facilitates equal access to programs and activities, coordinates auxiliary aids and services, provides access to adaptive technology, and when necessary advocates on behalf of students with members of the campus community. In addition, all students attending Syracuse University may access general academic support services including writing support, math support and peer tutoring.

If a student is requesting accommodation(s) in University housing, please submit disability related documentation to the ODS as early as possible (prior to May 1 of the entering year). This will allow for the time necessary to evaluate disability related needs and contact Housing with necessary information prior to room assignments being made. Please understand that when ODS verifies the need for accommodation(s) in Housing, it does not include recommendations for a particular residence hall.
While the ODS primarily serves the student population, the Office will also serve as a resource for faculty and staff members as well as departments charged with the responsibility of providing academic access to students with disabilities.

Self-Identify as a Student with Disability to ODS

If you are a student with a disability and wish to request accommodations, it is important that you contact the Office of Disability Services. Students with disabilities may choose to self-disclose at any time. However, in order to ensure sufficient time to arrange for and provide auxiliary aids and services, we encourage students to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Provide Documentation of a Disability

Documentation of a student’s disability should be from an appropriate qualified professional and should validate the need for services based on an individual’s current level of functioning in the educational setting. Medical information should also include the impact of any medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands in the post-secondary environment. These documentation guidelines may be helpful to both you and the professional evaluator when deciding what documentation to share with ODS. Students should obtain a copy of their disability documentation from the original source and retain a copy for their personal records. Receipt of documentation will be acknowledged by ODS if contact information is provided. If you have recently sent your documentation to ODS and have not received acknowledgement, you may wish to contact the Office at 315-443-4498 to confirm its receipt.

Meet with ODS Counselor

Upon receipt of submitted disability-related documentation, the ODS Director will initially review the documentation and an ODS Counselor will continue to work with the student throughout their academic career. It is important that students requesting accommodations contact the ODS to verify whether or not documentation has been received and to obtain the name of the ODS Counselor with whom they will be working. If contact information has been provided, receipt of documentation by ODS will be acknowledged.

Through an interactive process involving the student, the ODS Counselor and when necessary, representatives from other University departments, accommodations and services that would support a student while attending Syracuse University will be identified and discussed. ODS Counselors and Service Coordinators are available to assist students in self-monitoring the effectiveness of accommodations, provide support and/or assistance in identifying available resources on campus, as well as to discuss any specific needs a student may have.

Office of Disability Services Staff are available and welcomes parents, students, faculty, and staff to contact us regarding any questions or concerns they may have.

Confidentialty/Disclosure

Disability documentation submitted to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is considered confidential information and does not become part of a student’s permanent record. Disability information is housed in the (ODS) unless the student submits the documentation to another campus department. Students should obtain a copy of their disability documentation from the original source and retain a copy for their personal records. Disability documentation is normally maintained for ten years after the last recorded date of enrollment and then it is destroyed. Disability related information will be treated in a confidential manner in accordance with federal and state regulations.