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Section 504/ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodation of said disabilities. Saybrook University is committed to providing “reasonable accommodations” in keeping with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disability Act of 1992. Saybrook policies relevant to this matter may be found at this link.

Students must provide documentation of the disability, which should include appropriate diagnostic testing and a recommendation form prepared by qualified personnel outside of Saybrook University. “Reasonable accommodations” will be determined by Saybrook staff in consultation with the student, faculty and/or staff member. Accommodations are not retroactive and cannot be granted retroactively.

Reasonable accommodations or support services are designed to equalize opportunities for students with disabilities, not to lower academic standards or to alter the essential nature of the degree requirements. To that end, accommodations at Saybrook do not include the following:

  • Reduced standards of academic performance
  • Special classes or programs for students with learning disabilities
  • Evaluation or diagnostic testing of learning disabilities
  • Separate or special tutorial programs for students with disabilities
  • Waivers of essential academic courses

If you choose to disclose a disability requiring an accommodation, please follow the instructions below for requesting said accommodation.

For New Students:

If you require reasonable accommodation, as soon as you are admitted to Saybrook, please complete the ADA Accommodations Request and Authorization Form.

For all new Saybrook students, as soon as you are admitted to Saybrook, please submit these documents to:
Saybrook University                                                     
Attn: Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO)
475 14th Street, 9th Floor 
Oakland, CA 94612

To expedite this process, we encourage you to fax or e-mail your documents. Please be sure to clearly indicate that the fax or email is for the Chief Student Affairs Officer.
Email: csao@saybrook.edu
or
Fax: 415-433-9271

Once this information has been received and you have been admitted as a new student, an ADA Coordinator will contact you.

For Continuing Students:

Continuing students who qualify under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act should submit their authorization/release forms and supportive documentation at the beginning of the academic term in order to receive recommended accommodations. Please use the ADA Accommodations Request and Authorization Form.

For all continuing Saybrook students, please submit these documents to:
Saybrook University                                                     
Attn: Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO)
475 14th Street, 9th Floor 
Oakland, CA 94612

To expedite this process, we encourage you to fax or e-mail your documents. Please be sure to clearly indicate that the fax or email is for the Chief Student Affairs Officer.
Email: csao@saybrook.edu
or
Fax: 415-433-9271

Once this information has been received, an ADA Coordinator will contact you.

For More Information
For students who need additional information about ADA accommodation, Saybrook has two ADA Coordinators.

For all Saybrook students except those in the LIOS Masters’ degree programs, the ADA Coordinator is:
JoAnn McAllister, PhD
Chief Student Affairs Officer
Saybrook University
jmcallister@saybrook.edu
415-394-5034

For all Saybrook students in the LIOS Masters’ degree programs, the ADA Coordinator is:
Julia Sondej, MA
Director of Academic Administration
Saybrook University
jsondej@saybrook.edu
425-968-3413