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What is the process for requesting adjustments / modifications / accommodations?

Students with a diagnosed disability or medical condition who require academic adjustments and/or housing or dietary modifications should submit a request form and documentation.  DSO staff will review the request and contact the student via email.

How should I submit documentation of my diagnosis?

You can bring paperwork to our office in SAU 1150 or send it in any one of the following formats:

  • Fax number:  585-475-2215
  • Email:  dso@rit.edu
  • US mail:
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Disability Services Office
    Student Alumni Union, Room 1150
    28 Lomb Memorial Drive
    Rochester, New York  14623

What type of documentation do you need?

It depends on the diagnosis. This is often a psycho-educational evaluation; it might be a letter from a medical doctor or licensed therapist or a neuropsycho-educational evaluation.  The documentation should be recent and it should state your diagnosis and provide information about how this diagnosis affects your current level of functioning. See our Documentation Guidelines for more information and/or call us at 585-475-6988.

How do I request housing modifications?

Students with a diagnosed disability or medical condition who require housing modifications should submit a request form and documentation. DSO staff will review the request and contact the student via email.  Housing requests need to be completed by May 1 for fall semester; or by December 1 for spring semester. Modifications offered for requests received after these dates are subject to availability.

I have some dietary restrictions. What can I do?

Students who require dietary modifications which may include a specialized food plan and discussion with an RIT nutritionist should submit a request form and documentation.  DSO staff will review the request and contact the student via email.

Does RIT permit service animal or assistance animals on campus?

If you feel you require the use of a service dog or assistance animal, please submit a request and documentation.

If you live in RIT housing, we will also need verification of the animal’s vaccination dates.

I scheduled a test in the DSO test center, but now I’m sick. Do I have to take the test anyway?

Email or talk to your instructor first – it is up to your instructor to approve a re-scheduled test date.  Once you have made arrangements with the instructor, notify DSO staff of any changes via email (dsotest@rit.edu) or call the office at 585-475-2023.