Student Accessibility Services Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is the arm of the Student Affairs Office that works with licensed professional consultants to review requests for disability accommodations. SAS works to ensure that accommodations are provided to students who have established a disability that limits them in a major life activity. Students who wish to apply for an accommodation may do so on a voluntary, self-identifying basis through the SAS Online portal. The portal is also for students applying to be note-takers. Student Accessibility Services in the Office of Student Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 736-8151 Accommodations are granted to provide a fair and equal opportunity to access the Law School curriculum and program. Reasonable accommodations are available to meet the needs of individual students. This may include, but is not limited to adjustments to a student's course load or class schedule, access to notes and other in-class resources, adaptive aids, and examination accommodations. The Law School is also committed to supporting students who require a service animal. In providing reasonable accommodations, Loyola Law School reserves the right not to waive any requirements essential to the curriculum or the Law School’s educational mission. Eligibility Eligibility To be eligible for accommodations, a student must provide written documentation that establishes a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California law. This process involves providing information that describes the disabling condition and its resulting limitation on major life activities. It is most helpful if documentation is from a qualified professional who is familiar with the student’s history and current condition. Medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and school psychologists are among the professionals who routinely evaluate, diagnose, and treat disabilities. Loyola Law School does not conduct any diagnostic testing. When to Apply When to Apply Entering students should apply during the first week of August. Continuing students should apply immediately. The process of reviewing the application and accompanying documentation can be lengthy especially where the accommodations requested are extensive. Because of the time needed for processing and approving accommodations requests, students should use all reasonable efforts to submit an application and documentation no later than six weeks prior to a scheduled midterm or six weeks prior to the first day of the final examination period. If submitted beyond that deadline, the Law School will make its best effort to process a student’s application for accommodation. However, applications received less than two weeks prior to these times may be denied if there is insufficient time to gather and review the appropriate documentation, evaluate possible accommodations, or to implement an accommodation. Loyola Law School reserves the right to request independent evaluations before granting or extending a request for reasonable accommodation. In addition, the Law School reserves the right to deny a request if the accommodation sought is not supported by the data in the assessment or documentation. How to Apply How to Apply Students should apply online through SAS Online Services and submit all supporting documentation. Students should then check their LLS email address for updates and requests. After submitting an application, SAS will contact students at their LLS email address to inform them of any additional documentation needed. When the file is complete, SAS will review the application. The review process may take up to 15 business days. Supporting Documentation Supporting Documentation Supporting documentation must include a written report from a qualified professional that specifies a diagnosis. Since a diagnosis alone does not automatically establish a disability or indicate what accommodations are appropriate, students must include an evaluation report that details how their diagnosis has affected their major life activities. The more thorough and detailed the information, the easier it is for SAS to understand the nature and impact of a disability and expedite the application. Incomplete documentation may result in a request for additional information. Information from qualified professionals must include their names and titles as well as the date(s) of evaluation. Other supporting documentation may include verification of previous accommodations (e.g., accommodation letters from undergraduate institutions and LSAT accommodation award letter). Below are documentation guidelines for various conditions. Students should review the guidelines carefully and share them with their treating professional. ADD/ADHD Documentation Guidelines Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines Physical Disability Documentation Guidelines Psychiatric Disability Documentation Guidelines Please note that obtaining an evaluation does not guarantee a student that they will qualify for accommodations under the ADA or California law. Accommodations Accommodations A wide range of accommodations are made available to students with documented disabilities. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Academic Schedule Reduced course load Flexibility in class scheduling (a.m./p.m. classes) In-Class Accommodations Access to class notes Audio recording of lectures Preferential seating Use of a computer in class Adaptive Aids Books in alternate format/.pdf Examination Accommodations Additional time on examinations Reduced distraction testing environment Large print examinations Dictating answers to examination questions to a transcriber Food/water/medication in exam room Breaks during examinations Confidentiality & Grievances Confidentiality & Grievances All forms, documentation, and correspondence related to the application for accommodations are confidential and kept separately from the student’s official record. Limited information is only shared with other Law School Departments to effectuate the accommodations (e.g., staff in the Office of Student Affairs, staff members involved in examination and accommodation arrangements). If a student has a grievance or a complaint regarding a disability accommodation or related matter, it should be reported to Student Affairs. If Student Affairs is unable to resolve the matter informally, the student will have the opportunity to present their concerns to the Dean of Students. If the student is dissatisfied with the resolution of the matter by the Dean of Students, the student should submit a written complaint to the Associate Dean for Faculty. If the Associate Dean is unable to resolve the matter or if the student is dissatisfied with the resolution, the written complaint will be forwarded to the Vice President for Human Resources for investigation and decision. Information about this procedure is available here or from the Office of Student Affairs. Accommodations for the MPRE & Bar Exam Accommodations for the MPRE & Bar Exam Students requesting exam accommodations for the California State Bar Exam, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) or other state bar examinations should know that the accommodation application process and documentation requirements may differ from higher education standards and standardized testing guidelines such as the SAT, LSAT, or GRE. In other words, receipt of ADA accommodations in college and/or law school does not guarantee approval for exam accommodations on any bar exam. Students are advised to plan early and take the time to review the testing accommodation standards for each agency. Applying early and planning carefully will allow applicants to maximize their chances of successfully submitting requests for ADA accommodations on the MPRE and/or state bar examinations. For the California State Bar Exam, applicants are encouraged to petition for accommodations for at the beginning of their last year of law school and should file a petition no later than three (3) months prior to the exam they intend to take. Visit the State Bar of California website for more information.