Office of Accessibility Services

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Reduce disability-related barriers to your learning with the provision of reasonable accommodations.

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Equal Opportunity

The University of Saint Joseph is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and full participation for individuals with disabilities. The University recognizes its obligations to honor the letter and spirit of disability rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. Should a student encounter a disability-related barrier at the University (physical, attitudinal, educational, programmatic) for which support or accommodations are needed, the student is encouraged to initiate services with the Office of Accessibility Services.

Accommodations do not guarantee academic success; the student is still responsible for:

  • learning subject knowledge
  • demonstrating mastery of content
  • satisfying the essential requirements of courses
  • showing progression toward major
  • meeting the same demands required of all students

The services offered by the Office of Accessibility Services at USJ are designed to meet the unique educational needs of all students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities. The responsibility and purpose of the Office of Accessibility Services is to facilitate the reduction or elimination of disability-related barriers encountered by students with disabilities. The University of Saint Joseph processes requests for reasonable academic and housing accommodations to eligible students.

Academic Accommodations

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities of an individual. Students who attend the University of Saint Joseph that are seeking academic accommodations must submit documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008. 

Depending on the nature, impact, and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, they may be eligible for academic accommodations. Accommodations are determined on a class-by-class basis and dependent upon the nature of each course and the method of instruction as it relates to the student’s documented disability.

Housing Accommodations

The University of Saint Joseph is committed to providing equal access to its programs, services, and activities, including on-campus housing. Reasonable accommodations are provided in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the Fair Housing Act.

The Office of Accessibility Services works closely with Residential Life to ensure students with documented disabilities are able to enjoy accessible on-campus housing. Students are encouraged to submit requests housing accommodations as early as possible each academic year with up-to-date documentation, as accessible housing is based on availability and is not guaranteed.

ADA Grievance Procedure

University of Saint Joseph has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by the U.S. Department of Justice regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the University of Saint Joseph, we are committed to complying with the requirements of Title III of the ADA in all of its programs, services, benefits, and activities.

Contact Us

Abby-Lyn Dorman
Director of Accessibility Services, McGovern Hall Student Center 2nd floor, Office 201
Phone: 860.231.5730
Fax: 860.512.7293
Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
University of Saint Joseph
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

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