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Contact Information:

Grace Novacek
SSD Coordinator
Nicholson Center, 135
412-397-6884 Phone


Prospective & Incoming Students

Prospective & Incoming Students

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) serves as a resource on campus to help students connect with necessary and reasonable accommodations, and engage in the interactive process with students and families.  If you are a student with a disability, medical condition, or limitation that may require accommodations, please review the following procedure for requesting accommodations.  In a post-secondary education environment, students are responsible for self-disclosure, communicating needs, and providing appropriate documentation.  


Requesting Accommodations at RMU

  1. Please complete the RMU Accommodations Questionnaire to register with our office.
  2. In order to start receiving accommodations, students are required to provide current and comprehensive documentation.  For information on what constitutes as appropriate documentation, please review the Documentation Guidelines detailed below.
  3. After SSD receives appropriate documentation and prior to the start of the semester, the SSD Coordinator will contact you so that we can work together to schedule the Assessment Interview to discuss your needs and tentatively agreed upon accommodations.
  4. Each semester, students with academic and/or classroom accommodations will meet with the SSD Coordinator to pick up their Letters of Accommodations to distribute to their professors.  Since accommodations cannot be applied retroactively, students are encouraged to meet with the SSD Coordinator to pick up their letters as soon as possible at the start of each semester.  Letters can be adjusted when documentation is updated or when there is a new appropriate need.

Documentation Guidelines:
  • Documentation should explain a student’s disability and needs fully.  In order to ensure that services and accommodations are matched to the student's changing needs, students must provide documentation that is no more than three years old. This may require that students undergo reevaluations if their previous evaluation was more than three years ago.
  • A high school plan, such as an IEP or 504, may not be sufficient documentation, seeing as plans do not transfer over into colleges and universities.
  • It is important that you provide documentation as early as possible, prior to the start of the semester.  Documentation will be accepted at any time, but providing timely documentation will ensure that your appropriate accommodations are in place when the semester begins.