Implementing Accommodations

A wide range of accommodations and services are provided to students with documented disabilities. A student with a disability is any student who has an impairment that substantially limits a major activity such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, hearing, speaking, breathing, walking, seeing, learning, or working.  Student with temporary disabilities may also qualify for accommodations.

It is the responsibility of the SASS office to review student documentation and determine appropriate accommodations. Student Accessibility and Support Services works with the faculty regarding the provision of the accommodations to ensure access throughout the campus for students who have a disability.

Faculty members are required to implement accommodations for students registered with the SASS office. However, the accommodations should not compromise the academic quality of the course. If a faculty member disagrees with an accommodation, they are welcome to discuss their concern with the SASS office. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to ensure the student's confidentiality. Faculty should refrain from discussing a student’s issues regarding disabilities and accommodations in front of the class, in the presence of other students, or to faculty or staff not directly involved in the accommodation process.

There may be times when students approach faculty requesting accommodations directly. In these instances, faculty members should direct the student to the SASS office.  Faculty are not required to provide accommodations to students until they receive a letter of accommodation or direct communication from the SASS office.

List of Common Accommodations Students Request:

Faculty and Staff Information

The SASS office is responsible for ensuring that students with documented disabilities are provided the tools, academic accommodations, and support from the University to fully participate in all aspects of campus life.

We have many students receiving services that have non-visible disabilities such as, learning disabilities, ADHD, psychological, or traumatic brain injury; and have visible disabilities such as, blind/low vision, deaf/hard-of-hearing, or physical. To promote a welcoming environment to all ESU students, our office is dedicated to the principles of universal design.  These principles encompass all aspects of the academic environment by ensuring that facilities, programs, activities, materials, and equipment are accessible and usable by all students.

List of Common Disabilities: 

Accessible Parking on Campus

Emporia State University Parking Services maintains accessible parking stalls, near all campus buildings and residence halls.

Accessible Parking Requirements 

Students wishing to use accessible parking on campus must have (1) a clearly displayed, valid disability placard or license plate and (2) a clearly displayed, valid Emporia State University Parking Permit.

Visitors wishing to use accessible parking on campus must have (1) a clearly displayed, valid disability placard or license plate and (2) a clearly displayed, valid visitor's pass. Visitor's passes are available from Parking Services from Police and Safety.

Parking is not permitted in fire lanes, reserved stalls, and yellow crosshatched areas or in a manner that impedes traffic. Under no circumstance should any person park a vehicle on sidewalks, grass, etc.

Where Can I Get A Disabled Parking Placard? 

Download an application for accessible parking or pick up a paper copy from the courthouse nearest you. It must be completed and signed by your physician, either for temporary injuries or permanent disabilities.