Information for Parents
SAS Parent’s Guide – What to Expect
Welcome to Ithaca College! Your son or daughter has been accepted and you have paid your deposit—within a week or so, you should get a letter from our office. The letter will direct students with disabilities to our website: www.ithaca.edu/sas
Please peruse this site and our information.
Getting started with SAS
The first step to registering with our office is to complete a Disability Identification Form. This on-line form will be used to open a file for your student with our office.
If your student needs special housing as a result of their disability, a Special Housing request form for should be printed, filled out and sent to Student Accessibility Services with accompanying required documentation. Approved requests will be forwarded to Residential Life. Keep in mind, if you have a special housing request, it should be submitted as early as possible—housing situations and options can be limited. Please note that housing requests for dietary reasons are first handled by Ithaca Dining Services.
During orientation, the faculty advisor assigned to assist your student with his or her class registration will be informed of any student disability related issues by our office on a “need-to-know-basis”. You and your student can speak candidly and directly to any and all faculty advisors or work through our office.
The student/parent team must phone for an appointment (607-274-1005) to set up accommodations for the 1st semester during your orientation visit. At this point, SAS must have reviewed current, necessary documentation (as outlined in the guidelines) in order to process paperwork. The student’s schedule will be reviewed and if needed, Academic Adjustment Plans will be set up and sent to professors. An appointment at the beginning of every semester must be made with the student’s SAS counselor to set up accommodations for each and every semester that the student is at IC. Plans do not "carry over" automatically.
Every attempt will be made to process Academic Adjustment Plans and send to appropriate faculty within 72 hours of seeing a Student Accessibility Specialist. Copies will also be sent to the student’s local address.
If your student needs extended time and/or isolation for an exam/test, they MUST either phone (607-274-1005) or come to Student Accessibility Services at least three week days in advance of the test time. We need to adhere to this time frame in order to request tests from professors, schedule proctors and secure testing space. We review the testing sign-up process with the student when meeting with them at the start of each semester.
Suggestions for family discussion:
As a young adult prepares for the transition to college, there are many questions and feelings about how accommodations are handled in this new environment. As part of this transition process, we encourage families to talk together before the actual move to college. Some areas of focus might include: the shift in roles for college students as they leave the high school environment, which methods of communicating work best for your family, as well as how a student’s strengths and challenges might impact choice and schedule of classes. The staff of SAS is available to answer questions or to discuss concerns related to academic and testing accommodations.
We welcome the opportunity to be a resource to your student as well as to elicit your support in this significant transition. You have been advocating for your student since his/her diagnosis, and transition to college represents a change in some of these roles. Recognizing that you have substantial knowledge regarding your student’s needs, we appreciate your sharing this important information with us.
Some helpful Internet resources:
To understand the differences between high school and college accommodations:
For some Frequently Asked Questions about the transition to college: