Florida Memorial University (FMU) believes in the promise and potential within all students to learn and achieve! With that in mind, FMU seeks to fully comply with federal guidelines for accommodating the diverse needs of its students pursuant to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Newly admitted and current students should contact the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator, if interested in learning more about ADA accommodations. Reasonable accommodations can be asked and endorsed on an individual case by case basis to address the barriers that affect a student’s ability to take part, and perform within the instructive environment.
It is the student’s responsibility to formally request ADA accommodations following the procedures below, presenting valid documentation of a legally valid disability in order to receive reasonable academic accommodations. Only those students who identify themselves to the University and present appropriate written documentation of a disability are eligible for academic adjustments.
How To Request Academic Accommodations
Eligibility for accommodations is determined on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of verifying documentation and completion of an in-take appointment with the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator. Matriculating or admitted students must do the following to register with the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator before they will be eligible to receive services:
- Complete an intake form with supporting documentation, and send to Testing and Accommodations Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Blocker Hall, Room 111). Ideally, a student would begin this process at least six weeks in advance of the start of a semester to allow for completion of their request in a timely manner.
(a) Intake form can be found on the CARS webpage.
(b) Documentation must include the criteria listed above under “Required Documentation”
- Schedule an appointment with the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator (email@example.com) to discuss learning needs and requests. After this meeting, the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator will review all documentation and supporting information given by the student during the intake interview and evaluate the requested accommodations.
- Once notified, come to CARS to review and sign necessary protocol which specifies the approved classroom or testing accommodations and services to communicate those needs with faculty:
(a) Academic Adjustments Agreement (AAA) : Kept in the CARS student file, this document is completed by the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator and signed by the student. It serves as a record of the documentation received and any approved academic adjustments for the time period listed.
(b) Notification of Approved ADA Academic Adjustments (N4A): This corresponds to the information on the AAA (above). It is prepared by the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator and signed by the student to authorize allowable campus communication beyond the Testing and Accommodations Coordinator and CARS Agents of Support. The original is kept by the student who is responsible for copying each semester and delivering to his/her faculty.
- Make copies of the N4A to deliver to your faculty (prior to the first week of classes each semester). It is recommended students contact their instructors early in the semester to review accommodation needs.
- Time Considerations for Requesting Academic Adjustments: For a student’s initial request for ADA-based accommodations at Florida Memorial University, he/she is strongly encouraged to begin the process at least six weeks prior to the start of the next (or first) semester. This will allow time for an evaluation of the request and communication with campus partners, as applicable and authorized by the student. With each semester that follows, students are encouraged to check in with the CARS Testing and Accommodations Coordinator regularly with any updates, follow-ups, or needs. For any change to the Academic Adjustment Agreement, students should allow for at least two weeks to process. While accommodations may be done anytime during or before the midterm of the semester, the timing of a student’s request for academic adjustments will affect the availability and/or delivery of services.