Twin Cities campus

Services for Twin Cities Students With Disabilities

Saint Mary’s prides itself on creating a learning environment that best meets the needs of everyone at the university.

The Access Services Office is a helpful resource for students and faculty at Saint Mary's who have disabilities. It is the responsibility of students and faculty to seek available assistance and to request reasonable accommodations through the Access Services Coordinator. The Coordinator will then evaluate documentation, determine appropriate accommodations, and act as a resource/advocate to assist students in meeting their academic goals and to ensure equality of opportunity.

All students have been accepted by the University based on their ability to succeed academically and are required to meet the same academic and technical standards. Access Services provides academic support and accommodations to students with disabilities or temporary conditions. Accessing accommodations is an ongoing and interactive process where information can be gathered from the student and from other relevant sources. We ask that students interview with Access Services to discuss their requests. We prefer students to present any documentation that describes their disability and the impact on educational experiences and in the educational environment early in the process. Each student’s requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.

The purpose of documentation is to assist in providing information and understanding how the courses or facilities might present barriers and to what degree the disability affects the student, and to plan for accommodations to facilitate access.

Some Examples of Disabilities

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Head Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Physical Disabilities and Systemic Illnesses
  • Deafness/Hearing Impairment
  • Blindness/Low Vision
  • Disabilities that are sporadic or degenerative in nature
  • Temporary conditions

Support Services for Persons with Disabilities

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws concerning access to educational benefits and programs. For the purposes of this policy, a student with a disability is one who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that materially or substantially limits a major life activity and,
  2. Has a record of such an impairment and,
  3. Is regarded as having such an impairment.

A student with a disability who requests academic assistance must provide professionally recognized documentation of the disability and the need for services requested. Students are responsible for furnishing current documentation of their disability to the disability coordinator or dean. These diagnostic reports should be within three years of the request for service and should be completed by a physician or other licensed practitioner. Determination of eligibility for academic support services will be made by the Director of Access Services or Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

Determination of the specific services for eligible students will be made by the Director of Access Services or Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services with input from any appropriate administrative and faculty members, taking into account the eligible student’s stated preferences. The services provided will be within the legal parameters of “reasonable accommodation.”

While requests to determine eligibility may occur at any time during the student’s career at the university, a request for specific services relating to a preexisting condition should be made as soon as possible in the semester. This time frame allows the university to secure the approved services. The university establishes and maintains curriculum and degree requirements for all students.

Your written accommodation requests and documentation can be mailed to:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Mary Ann McCann,
Student Services – Access Services Coordinator
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403

Access Services Website

Connect With Us

Mary Ann McCann

Student Services - Disability Services Coordinator

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5120

mmccann@smumn.edu

Mary Ann McCann