Steps to obtain academic accommodations:

1. Students must self-disclose their disability/impairment by completing the SAA Self-Disclosure Form to begin the process and students must submit appropriate documentation from a diagnosing health care provider. More information on what constitutes documentation from a qualified evaluator can be found within the documentation guidelines below.

2. Once the Self-Disclosure Form and documentation are received, an SAA representative will contact the student to set up a virtual intake meeting.

3. At the virtual intake meeting, the documentation will be reviewed, reasonable accommodations will be determined and all required paperwork will be completed. If academic accommodations are recommended, Faculty Accommodation Forms will also be completed. If non-academic accommodations are recommended, the appropriate documentation will be completed for the related on-campus departments.  

Please Note: Students may self-disclose at any point in their college career. However, for academic accommodations to be implemented in the current semester courses, intake meetings must be held prior to the last full week of classes.

Academic Accommodations are determined by:

  1. The barriers or limitations resulting from the interaction between the documented disability and the campus environment;
  2. The possible accommodations that might remove the barriers;
  3. Whether or not the student has access to the course, program, service, job, activity or facility without accommodations;
  4. Whether the possible accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of or affect the essential elements of the course, program, service, or facility;
  5. Whether providing the accommodations would result in an undue burden for the College.

Academic accommodations are determined based upon individual need and professional recommendations.

Documentation Guidelines

Documentation must be “current."

  • For psychiatric/psychological, medical, sensory or other health diagnoses: completed within the last six months
  • For specific learning disabilities, ADHD: within the last three years

Requests for academic accommodations must be relevant and applicable to the student’s current diagnosis. The documentation criteria are as follows:

  • A letter or report written on official letterhead, signed by an evaluator who is qualified to diagnosis the student’s disability/impairment which includes:
    • Evaluator’s license/certification, date of last appointment, diagnosed disability/impairment with DSM/ICD codes, list of test instruments in evaluation, any related history, functional limitations, and recommend supportive reasonable accommodations.
  • Or, the Emmanuel College Medical Verification Form fully completed by the student’s diagnosing health care provider.

Please note: Documentation does not carry over from high school to college. A high school 504 plan and IEP are K-12 documents, though the accommodations contained within may be applicable in the collegiate setting. If submitting an IEP or 504 plan, please also include a recent letter, report, or the Medical Verification Form from the diagnosing provider in addition.

SAA Contact Information

Student Accessibility and Accommodations (SAA)
Email: accommodations [at] (accommodations[at]emmanuel[dot]edu)
Fax: 617-975-9322
Noelle Deady, Associate Director
gallin [at] (gallin[at]emmanuel[dot]edu)
Phone: 617-732-1681
Caroline Talton, Accommodations Coordinator
taltonc [at] (taltonc[at]emmanuel[dot]edu)
Phone: 617-735-9923
Student Accessibility and Accommodations (located within the Academic Resource Center)
Cardinal Cushing Library, G06 (Ground Level), 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115