Securing Disability Accommodations

Step 1

Notify the relevant office(s) as early as possible of the need for accommodations (at least two weeks in advance, sometimes longer depending on the type of accommodation needed).

  • For all disability-related accommodations, including classroom/academic accommodations or adjustments, contact Laura Kcira-Barry, learning services and disability specialist, at (401) 341-3150 or During the summer or in January, contact Dr. Susan Pratt, director of the Academic Center for Excellence, at (401) 341-2228 or
  • For mobility issues or other disabilities that may have an impact in residence halls, navigating campus or in other non-classroom activities, contact Malcolm Smith, dean of students, at (401) 341-2206 or

Step 2

Submit documentation of the disability. Provide clear and specific information about the nature of the disability for which accommodations are being requested, as well as information about its current limiting impact on learning or other major life activities within the University’s living and learning environment.

Documentation most often refers to the student’s most recent psycho-educational, medical, psychiatric or other evaluation or assessment, and reflects the student’s learning and function at the time of entrance to Salve Regina. Other types of documentation such as self-reporting, copies of IEPs or 504 plans or older assessments, in combination with other more recent types of information/third party assessments or observations, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Temporary accommodations will be provided if the student needs additional time to provide disability documentation and the need for accommodation or academic adjustments is deemed likely by the disability service provider on the basis of the information provided.

Mail or fax documentation to:  
Disability Services c/o Academic Center for Excellence
100 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Fax: (401) 341-2912

Step 3

Consult with Barry and/or Smith in person during the first two weeks of the semester to determine reasonable accommodations and the process for their implementation. Students will complete relevant forms and receive letters of accommodation for professors. Barry’s office is McAuley Hall, Room 110 and Smith’s office is in Miley Hall, Room 118.

Step 4

Meet with each professor to provide the letters of accommodation and to discuss how accommodations will be implemented in the context of each class.

Step 5

Throughout the semester, consult with Barry or Smith as needed to adjust accommodations and/or rectify problems. It is the student’s responsibility to notify Barry and/or Smith if he or she has concerns about accommodations and their implementation.

Important Principles

  • Disability accommodations operate differently in college than in secondary education. Accommodations in college are determined by the university disability service provider, and are based on information in the documentation provided as understood within the context of the university setting. These accommodations may sometimes be different than those a student may have received in high school.
  • Accommodations never apply retroactively. That is, they will not be applied to events, assignments or activities (such as exams) that have already taken place. It is very important for students to arrange accommodations before they are needed. Accommodations not requested in the manner outlined by the university cannot be guaranteed.
  • Temporary accommodations will not extend beyond one semester. Documentation not received by the end of the semester for which temporary accommodations were provided will not be renewed.
  • Accommodations are designed to provide equal access and should not be viewed as a guarantor of academic success. In addition, accommodations that would necessitate a fundamental alteration of an essential course or program requirement, as determined by the university as a whole or by an individual professor or program, will not be deemed "reasonable" and will not be permitted. This includes policies on course waivers and/or substitutions.
  • Students using accommodations in the classroom must renew their accommodations each semester for which they desire them.