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ABOUT STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
USF St. Petersburg is an exciting, welcoming and supporting environment where students needing accommodations are recognized and valued. Faculty and staff work hard so students can take part in all aspects of university life to the greatest extent possible. Our campus is naturally suited to meet the needs of people requiring accommodations, while serving as a beautiful backdrop for a community where all students can learn and meet others.
The mission of Student Accessibility Services at University of South Florida St. Petersburg is to create and maintain an environment at the University that is supportive to students with various accommodation needs. Student Accessibility Services will grant academic accommodations to students with documented needs, providing them with equitable and accessible education.
USF St. Petersburg, located on Bayboro Harbor in downtown St. Petersburg, is architecturally friendly for students with various accommodation needs. Accessible classroom and library buildings are in close proximity and are ideal for even the most severe handicaps. Covered walkways connecting most buildings keep you shaded and dry. Mild climate and flat terrain make traveling around campus easy and comfortable all year round. Nearby medical, shopping and entertainment facilities offer the opportunity to reach your educational goals in an atmosphere conducive to the development of independence and self-reliance.
Campus tours are available by appointment. To request accessibility-related assistance call (727) 873-4837 five working days in advance of your intended visit. Contact the USF St. Petersburg recruiter at (727) 873-4002 to arrange a tour.
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg does not have special admission programs for students needing accessibility-related assistance and does not make pre-admission inquiries regarding accommodation needs. If you do not meet minimum admission requirements, you may request special consideration based on your needs and any extenuating circumstances.
It is the policy and practice of USF to comply fully with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2009, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, all of which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Students who have self-identified, provided documentation of a disability, and requested reasonable accommodations are entitled to receive approved modifications of programs, appropriate academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids that enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities.
A disability is defined as any physical, learning, medical, or psychological condition that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities: walking, standing, seeing, hearing, sitting, breathing, learning or taking care of yourself.
Disabilities covered by legislation include (but are not limited to) AIDS, blindness, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, epilepsy, head injuries, hearing disabilities, specific learning disabilities, loss of limb(s), multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, emotional disabilities, speech disabilities, spinal cord injuries, and vision disabilities.
The Office of Student Accessibility Services is charged with the responsibility of determining eligibility for services. Our staff works with faculty and students to find the right accommodations for you. Let us know if your accommodations are not adequate. We will work with you and your instructors to provide reasonable accommodations.
Your professors are likely to be most immediately aware of your needs for attending and meeting the requirements of their class. They want you to be successful in your college experience, so let them know if you experience difficulties. This is true whether you are temporarily in need of accommodation or have documented physical, learning or psychological accommodation needs.
We will work with you and your professor to make accommodations that are as simple, effective and reasonable as possible, Guidelines for exam accommodations have been given to all faculty members. The Test Assistance Form provided by this office is to be used when an accommodation is needed for an exam.
As a student with a disability, you are responsible for:
- Identifying yourself as a person having an accessibility need
- Registering with the SAS office
- Submitting documentation supporting the existence of your accommodation need and the ways in which lack of accommodation limits your participation in courses, programs, services, activities or facilities
- Following SAS procedures to receive your accommodations in a timely fashion
If you are interested in applying for accommodations at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, we suggest that you visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site – “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.”