Student Accessibility Services

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations

The mission of the office of Student Accessibility Services at Cardinal Stritch University is to assist in creating a campus community where otherwise qualified students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the educational environment. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Emotional and mental challenges


Please review our University Disability Policy Statement, which includes information, guidelines, and policies applying to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability.

Process for Accessibility Services Request

1. Prior to the provision of reasonable accommodations by the University, the student must complete the Accessibility Services Request Form, on which the student must identify his or her disability; the course, program of study or activity in which the student is enrolled or scheduled to be enrolled; and the accommodation(s) sought.

2. In order to be eligible for reasonable accommodation(s) from the University, the student must provide recent, relevant and comprehensive documentation of the disability. In addition, one of two forms should be completed by a state licensed psychologist or physician:

Disability Documentation Form – Physical

Disability Documentation Form – Learning/Psychological

For learning disabilities, documentation should address:

  • Background information about the student's history of learning disabilities.
  • A clear diagnosis including an explanation of how the impairment substantially limits the student's learning or other major life activities.
  • Results of testing using appropriate test instruments and an explanation of those test results: achievement, intelligence, executive functioning.
  • Recommendations for accommodations with an explanation of those test results.

3. Once the University receives all necessary documentation and reviews the requested accommodations in the context of the factors outlined above, reasonable accommodations available will be discussed in a conference with the student.

4. Each semester, the student is required to complete a Semester Release of Information Form, which legally authorizes the University to contact the student’s instructors and provide them with the accommodation plan. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the University informed of any additional information or changes relating to one's disability that will impact a current program of accommodation.

ESL Student Request for Exam Accommodations

Students for whom English is a second language (ESL) who have concerns regarding language proficiency and taking exams under certain time limits can request specific testing accommodations through Student Accessibility Services. Students who are seeking testing accommodations should first touch base with their instructors about the request, and then complete the ESL Student Exam Request Form. If the request is approved by faculty and the Student Accessibility Services Coordinator, qualfied students may be able to receive up to 50% additional time, for no more than 2 semesters, on approved exams and may also request the use of a native translation dictionary.

All Accommodation Request Forms must be submitted two weeks before an examination. An ESL accommodation request is a reccommendation to be considered by the course professor and is NOT guaranteed. For further details, please review the Request Form, or contact Mike Schade.

We are guided by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA) of 2008. Individuals will receive reasonable accommodations according to their needs and the documentation of their disability.

If you have questions about Student Accessibility Services, contact us at academicsupport@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4828 and ask for the Disability Services Coordinator.