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Please note this page is divided into two sections, information for those who have not previously registered is at the top and information for those who have previously registered is below. 

Deadlines

Fall Arrival

For Fall arrival, housing accommodation requests must be submitted with appropriate documentation of a diagnosed disability no later than June 1 in order to provide priority consideration in advance of the general Residence Life process. Please direct your care provider to our documentation guidelines. While there is no deadline to submit a request for academic accommodations, in order to have your accommodation letter prepared prior to the first day of fall classes, please submit your request in advance of August 1 and plan to meet with a member of our staff over the summer. Fall arrivals, please contact us by June 30 if you need supports such as sign language interpreters, alternative print materials, etc., so that the appropriate services are in place when you arrive.

Spring Arrival

For Spring arrival, deadlines will be announced in your onboarding materials. Please reach out to ods@smith.edu with questions. 

ESA Requests

For ESA requests, the deadline for the following spring semester is November 1 and the deadline for the following fall semester is June 1. Please read more details in the ESA section on this page, and contact us if you need to request an exception to the general date guideline. 

Meal Plan Exception

For meal plan exceptions, please submit your request by June 1 for the following fall semester and November 1 for the following Spring semester, and May 1 for Summer. Please contact us if you need to request an exception to the general date guideline due to extenuating circumstances. 

All Students Who Have Not Previously Registered

To register with our office, please begin the process by completing the Disability Identification Form in Workday. Here are the instructions:

Submit Disability Identification Request

After submitting your form, please email ods@smith.edu for an appointment.

Here is an infographic which briefly explains our accommodations process in a visual format: 

PDF icon The Accommodations Process.pdf

If you have been newly accepted and plan to enroll at Smith, please make every effort to contact our office and register using the general registration information linked above well before you arrive on campus. Without sufficient advance notification and proper documentation, we may not be able to meet your requests or there may be delays. 

Questions

Contact us directly to discuss what accommodations and services will be provided, and if you have any questions about the process. 

Our Office Process & Student Responsibilities

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis considering an individual's challenges and the academic demands and responsibilities of residential life at Smith College. Accommodations are approved through the Office of Disability Services with significant ongoing involvement of the student. Our process begins with registration and a conversation where we learn more about you and discuss the areas where you may need accommodations or support. We discuss possible solutions that may involve specific services, individualized accommodations, referrals for medical care or treatment, as well as strategies for enhancing academic success, job performance, utilizing resources, or improving social participation. 

Once housing accommodations are approved, ODS communicates this information to Residence Life, and Residence Life will place a student based on what is available. Once academic accommodations are approved, ODS shares the official letter with the student. The student delivers the letter to professors and has a conversation with each faculty member in order to initiate communication and collaboration.

Students must work closely with the office when ongoing support services such as sign language interpreters, alternative format materials, or transportation are being provided. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Disability Services if difficulties arise during the course of the semester. Failure to maintain communication or to adhere to reasonable expectations for responsible use of accommodations and services may result in a temporary suspension of services, pending a discussion with the director of ODS to resolve the issue.

Contact ODS directly to talk about the accommodations you may need. Common accommodations can be found on our Accommodations and Services page

For more information on Smith's disability policy, including exclusions and grievances, see Disability Policy.

 

Students Who Have Previously Registered

To request an update to your existing accommodations, please complete a new Disability Identification Form in Workday using the instructions. After submitting your form, please email ods@smith.edu for an appointment. 

If you do not need to make any changes to your accommodations, you may continue utilizing the same Letter of Accommodation.

Please note that you are welcome to submit new accommodation requests any time, including mid-semester. The timing of the implementation of any newly approved accommodations will depend on the systems in place in other departments on campus, and the availability of the accommodation. For example, Residence Life has a Housing Accommodation Form process during Spring semester, and the deadlines for that will be communicated by Residence Life. Please carefully watch your email for up-to-date information. The ESA process is unique, and more information can be found on our Accommodations & Services  page under the heading "Service and Support Animals." 

When housing requests are received after June 1st, and academic requests are received after August 1st, there may be a significant delay in the college's ability to fulfill the request. Please schedule a time to talk with our office if you would like to discuss alternative strategies for meeting your access needs while waiting for implementation.