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These FAQs are designed to provide answers to some of the most common questions students have about SASC. If you have additional questions, please contact SASC at SASC@stonybrook.edu or at 631-632-6748.
- SASC stands for Student Accessibility Support Center. Our office works with students who have documented disabilities to coordinate reasonable accommodations that provide access to the university and its programs.
SASC works with students who have temporary or permanent disabilities and who need accommodations at the university. SASC support is available to undergraduate, graduate, visiting, and part-time students at the university.
Students with disabilities are not required to register with SASC if they are not requesting accommodations to access the university. However, it is strongly suggested that students register with SASC if there is a possibility that they will need accommodations. This will ensure that accommodations can be put into place in a timely manner.
Accommodations are based on individual needs and personal situations. Students registered with SASC will work through an interactive process with an Accessibility Counselor to determine which accommodations are appropriate to their courses and access needs at the university. Accommodations are available for Classroom, Housing, and Accessibility (Link https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/studentaffairs/sasc/Students/register).
Registering for SASC is a three step process.
- 1) Students complete the Student Intake Form,
- 2) Students provide documentation from a treating professional that includes a diagnosis and suggested accommodations.
- 3) Students meet with a SASC Accessibility Counselor to discuss accommodations and notify the appropriate individuals at the university to put the accommodations in place.
SASC maintains private records of their students’ files that are not available to faculty, staff, or administrators outside of the SASC office.
SASC will only send notifications of accommodations as directed by registered students.
SASC does not disclose specifics about student disabilities to university faculty, staff, or administrators.
Students may disclose any information they are comfortable sharing, but it is not necessary to disclose your specific disability to faculty to receive accommodations.
Yes, accommodations are available during the Intercession and Summer Semesters.
Students who require accommodations for Intercession or Summer courses should register with SASC to put those accommodations in place.
Students who already have accommodations should reach out to SASC to renew their accommodations at the beginning of the semester.
The accommodation process at SASC is student driven. Students may have their parent(s) or guardian(s) present when speaking with SASC, but the student must be present as well.
Students may provide a waiver for SASC to speak directly with their parent(s) or guardian(s) by meeting with an Accessibility Counselor and completing the appropriate release.
The ACE Mentoring Program is SASC’s first year mentoring program for new students at the university. Any registered student may request a mentor for their first year at the university. Mentors are selected from experienced SBU students. Mentors help guide new students through their first year and provide social opportunities at the university.
Additional information and registration links for mentors and mentees is available on the ACE Mentoring website.
Students who experience a temporary disability due to an injury or illness can register with SASC to request necessary accommodations.
Students must renew their academic accommodations each semester because of their new classes. In order to renew accommodations, please reach out to SASC and schedule an appointment to meet with a member of our staff.
Students must renew their housing accommodations each spring semester for the following fall semester. Students will receive an email from Campus Residences each spring providing instructions to renew housing.
There is no deadline to register for accommodations. Individual student needs may change at any time and the accommodation process reflects this.
SASC recommends the following guidelines when requesting accommodations:
- Renew academic or testing accommodations during the first month of the semester.
- Renew housing accommodations starting in the Spring semester.
- New students should register with SASC during the summer for the fall semester
The SASC Sensory Space is a quiet space on campus for students to control their sensory inputs. The space includes a variety of seating, lighting, and sensory objects students may use.
The Sensory Space is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 until 3:30 in the SASC Office in SB Union 107.
The Sensory Space is open to all SBU students. You do not need to register with SASC to use the Sensory Space.
In order to put accommodations in place SASC requires documentation from a licensed treating professional that includes a diagnosis and suggested accommodations.
Generally we suggest students work with a treating professional to complete the appropriate forms available on our documentation website.
Students with a recent Neuropsychological or Psychoeducational evaluation may send full reports as documentation of a learning disability.
Students with a temporary disability may provide discharge paperwork from a hospital visit as documentation.
SASC Accessibility Counselors can evaluate other forms of documentation when available.
All documentation should include the Student’s SBU ID Number, Name, and Contact Information.
Students may submit documentation from any licensed treating professional they see for treatment or diagnosis of the disability for which they are requesting accommodations.
The treating professional cannot be a member of the student’s family.
You can send forms and documentation to SASC@stonybrook.edu or fax to 631-632-6747.
Please make sure to include your name, SBU ID Number, and Contact information with your paperwork.
We suggest that you maintain a copy of all paperwork for your records and future use.
504 Plans and Individual Educational Programs (IEPs) provided by high schools generally do not provide sufficient information to support requests for accommodations. We suggest that students either request the documentation used to initially develop their high school accommodations or work with a treating professional to complete the appropriate form from our documentation website.
Other Campus Support
- Students in need of psychological support or counseling services should contact the Counseling and Psychological Center.
SASC does not validate excused absences from classes due to illness, family emergencies, or other personal reasons. Students who would like to discuss an excused absence should begin by speaking directly with their instructors. Additional support is available through the Student Support Team.
SASC coordinates accommodations related to students’ documented disabilities. Students who would like to request assistance with religious practices should contact the Interfaith Center.
SASC does not coordinate accommodations for faculty or staff. Non-student members of the campus community should contact the Office of Equity and Access necessary accommodations.
Campus Accessibility FAQ
Students who need assistance getting from point to point on campus can register to use the Paratransportation Services. Paratranportation is an accessible bus service that moves students from point-to-point on campus based on their schedule.Students who would like to request Paratransportation should register with SASC by submitting a Student Intake Form, Documentation, and the Paratransit Request form from the our documentation website.
SASC can provide a one-time non-renewable accessible parking pass for use on campus for up to 4 weeks.
Students requesting an accessible parking pass should work with a treating professional to complete the Accessible Parking Pass Request Form from our documentation webpage.
Students who need accessible parking for more than 4 weeks should work with a treating professional to request a permit from a local municipality.
SASC cannot provide residential parking passes to students who do not otherwise qualify for them.
Students who would like to request a waiver for a residential parking permit can do so through the Parking and Transportation website.
Students may request a single dorm as a housing accommodation based on supporting documentation and discussion with a SASC Accessibility Counselor. Singles dorms are generally used by students with severe or chronic conditions that prevent them from living with a roommate.Students requesting a single should register by submitting a Student Intake Form and a Housing Accommodation Request From from our documentation webpage.
Housing accommodations are provided based on the availability of spaces that meet a student’s specific needs.
Assignment to a specific dorm, room, or undergraduate college is not considered an accommodation.
SASC cannot assign students to live with a specific roommate.
Students with questions about selecting a specific space or roommate should contact Campus Residences.
SASC can proctor in person or Zoom remote exams for students registered for testing accommodations with SASC.
Students should request exam appointments at least 5 days in advance of the test day.
Students who are not registered with SASC and need a test proctored should contact the DOIT testing center in Frey Hall 109.
Generally, students should schedule their exams with SASC to start at the same time the exam begins for the class.
Students who need to take the exam at a different time due to a conflict or as a makeup should speak directly with their instructor to determine an appropriate time for the exam. Their professor will need to email SASC directly with permission for the change of exam time.
SASC proctors exams in the SASC Testing Center in SB Union Room 112.
The SASC Testing Center seats 51 students in a reduced distraction environment.
SASC proctors exams Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM and Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Students with exams outside of the testing center hours should communicate with their instructors to arrange for alternate testing times.
Testing center hours may vary during holidays, Summer Sessions, and Intercession.
Students registered for accommodations can use these accommodations when taking their placement exams.
SASC provides proctors for Math Placement Exams for students registered to receive testing accommodations.
Students taking the Writing, Chemistry, or Foreign Language Exams with accommodations can do so through the appropriate departments