Welcome to Student Accommodations and Support Services  (SASS) at Elms College

Student Accommodations and Support Services collaborates with and empowers students who have diagnosed disabilities in order to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to education, campus housing, and college life.

SASS is committed to creating an accessible experience at Elms College for students with disabilities.

SASS works to foster academic success, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, and leadership while addressing the unique needs and interests of individuals who have registered with the office and to ensure that Elms College operates in accordance with federal regulations as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and other pertinent regulations.

A Student’s Perspective

Photo of Julian Manning '20, sociology major
Julian Manning ’20, a sociology major, worked with SASS to arrange academic and residence life accommodations. “Communicate as soon as you get here, so things can fall right into place,” he said. “You just have to be willing to ask for help.” Read more about Julian’s experience working with SASS.

SASS Support Services

SASS support services include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing student accommodation plans
  • Arranging extended time for exams
  • Providing a distraction-reduced environment for exams
  • Supporting students with temporary injuries or medical conditions
  • Providing event-related accommodations (at least two weeks’ advance notice by email is required)

Students of Elms College who have a disability or might be experiencing difficulties that could be related to a disabling condition should contact the SASS Office to set up a meeting. Students and visitors are welcome to drop in to the office, but appointments are highly recommended. Drop-in hours are on a first-come, first-served basis. The SASS Office is located in the Center for Student Success on the second floor of Alumnae Library.

Requesting Accommodations

  • New Incoming students requesting academic, housing, or campus accommodations must register with the Student Accommodations and Support Services (SASS) and follow the steps listed below:
    • Complete the SASS Intake Form. Students requesting accommodations must complete the intake form in order to identify the disability and support the request for accommodations.
    • Submit Supporting Documentation. Students must submit documentation that establishes the presence of a disability, identifies the functional impact, and explains the link between the functional impact and the need for the requested accommodations. Additional information as to acceptable supporting documentation is outlined in the Psychiatric Documentation Form and the Supporting Documentation Guidelines Form.
    • Meet with SASS staff for an intake interview/Welcome Meeting. Students must meet with a SASS staff member to provide information on their academic, housing, or campus experience and any other pertinent information. Approved accommodations will be finalized after this meeting.
  • Complete all necessary additional documentation as determined and required.
  • SASS staff utilizes an interactive review process to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
  • Returning students must complete the Semester Request Form for every semester.

Resources

SASS Documentation Principles
Intake Form – New Students
Semester Request for Accommodation Returning Student Form
Student Exam Accommodation Form
Parent Letter
Steps to transition
Psychiatric Diagnosis Form

A Parent’s Perspective

Photo of Julian Manning '20 and his mother, Beverly Ramsey
Beverly Ramsey, mother of Julian Manning ’20, had a positive experience communicating with SASS during her son’s college search. The SASS program director was her “inside connection,” she said, a “key resource” for helping her keep up with what was happening with her son. Read more about Beverly’s experience working with SASS.