Academic Services

Disability Support Services

Student Success Center • First Floor, Plassmann Hall • (716) 375-2065

St. Bonaventure University encourages academically qualified students with disabilities to take advantage of its programs. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against persons with disabilities in its admissions policies or procedures or its educational programs, services and activities.

Examples of services available include academic assistance, appropriate academic accommodations and accessible housing in either traditional or apartment settings. Students requiring special services are required to submit documentation to the coordinator of disability support services in the Student Success Center. Applicants who may need and be eligible for tuition benefits and auxiliary aids should promptly apply for vocational rehabilitation benefits through their home state’s office.

Under Section 504 of the 1973 Federal Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), St. Bonaventure University is mandated to make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students with disabilities. It is in the spirit of these federal mandates and of the Franciscan tradition that we assist those who, although disabled in some way, are potentially capable of the successful completion of college. Students with disabilities might include those with visual or auditory impairments, learning disabilities, orthopedic impairments, mobility impairments, emotional and psychological impairments, and other medical conditions. Specific accommodations are arranged individually with each student depending upon the type and extent of the disability in accordance with federal law. Examples of accommodations available include extended time and an alternate location for testing, oral testing, test readers, scribes, and use of a word processor/spell check, note-takers, use of a calculator, interpreter services, print magnifier/enlarged handouts, and other accommodations as appropriate.

St. Bonaventure University provides services to students with identified disabilities. Students with disabilities are required to provide documentation of the disability. Documentation of a learning disability must be current (within 3 years) and include results from educational testing (using adult norms) done by a qualified professional (i.e. neuropsychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, or licensed doctoral-level clinical or educational psychologist).  Examples of appropriate evaluation tools are: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale 3rd Ed. (WAIS-III), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale- Revised, or the Woodcock- Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery-III (WJPEB-III) including broad math, broad written language, broad reading and broad knowledge (additional tests of cognitive ability are helpful, especially the listening comprehension test).  A summary of the test results along with specific recommendations made by the qualified professional are also required.  An IEP or 504 Plan is also helpful for reference. Documentation of a psychological disability must be current (within 1 year), done by a qualified individual and include history of the disorder, diagnostic interview, psychological assessment.  There must be a specific diagnosis and recommended accommodations.  The Disability Provider Information Form (available by request to aspencer@sbu.edu) must be completed by a qualified individual for other disabilities that include ADHD, medical, visual and hearing impairments, and physical disabilities.  Based on this documentation and an in-person interview with the student the Coordinator of Disability Support Services (DSS) determines appropriate accommodations.

A student with a disability is required to meet with the Coordinator of DSS if he or she wishes to have academic accommodations arranged for the semester. It is the student's responsibility to deliver accommodation letters to his or her professors after accommodations have been arranged. Accommodations are set up on a semester-by-semester basis; it is the student's responsibility to contact the Coordinator of DSS at the beginning of each semester to ensure appropriate accommodations can be met. A student is encouraged to discuss his or her disability with his or her professors and to arrange for specific accommodations for test taking and other course requirements. A student applying for a course substitution should contact the Coordinator of DSS for assistance.

All disability information is treated confidentially.

The Learning Center

Student Success Center, First Floor, Plassmann Hall • (716) 375-2066

The Learning Center supports many student-centered entities including tutoring services, services for students with disabilities, the Academic Intervention Program, and the Academic Restoration Program. Tutoring is the most widely used of the Teaching and Learning Center’s programs.  Peer tutoring is available for most lower-level and General Education courses and we offer an across-the-curriculum writing lab as well as a math lab at no cost to the student. Students with documented learning, physical or emotional disabilities can receive accommodation services through the Disability Support Services director. Both the Academic Intervention and the Academic Restoration programs offer students who have low grades an opportunity to reclaim their academic standing.

Career and Professional Readiness Center

Room 231, Reilly Center • (716) 375-2384

The CPRC offers a comprehensive range of services and programs that empowers students with the skills to understand and implement career/life goals, enhance their professional development, and implement effective job-search strategies.

Undergraduate and graduate students are offered an opportunity to develop career goals and explore the relationship between academic majors and career choice through individual counseling, workshops, vocational assessments and the use of the Center’s web-based resources. Additionally, all students are encouraged to participate in the CPRC’s Competitive Edge Certificate Program. This program provides sophomore, junior and senior students the opportunity to enhance their marketability to employers and graduate schools through participation in specific professional development workshops and events.  The CPRC coordinates an on-campus recruiting program, authors a comprehensive website at http://www.sbu.edu/cprc, and assists students with the job and internship and/or graduate school search process.