Disability Services Office Update (Coronavirus):

To protect the safety of our staff, students, and faculty, the Disability Services Office staff are working remotely and will not be in the office until further notice. We will be available virtually each weekday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please contact the office at dso@rit.edu or reach out directly to a member of our staff.

For more information regarding critical accessibility considerations for students and faculty in the transition to alternative modes of course delivery, visit our COVID-19 and Accessibility FAQs.

RIT’s Coronavirus information website.

COVID-19 Update

Please do not fax or mail disability documentation to us at this time. As the university responds to COVID-19, we ask that all DSO-related documentation be sent to dso@rit.edu via email.

As of March 17, 2020 and in light of COVID-19, DSO staff are not physically working in their offices. Our team continues to work remotely each weekday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM and is available via email. 

How to Request Accommodations
  1. STEP 1: Submit a request form
  2. STEP 2: Submit documentation of your disability
    Your documentation must be from a licensed professional. It should state your diagnosis, information about how your functioning is affected, and suggestions for appropriate accommodations. Please refer to our Documentation Guidelines here if needed.
     
  3. STEP 3: Meet with the DSO 
    Once your request and disability documentation are received by the Disability Services Office (DSO), the request will be reviewed by our professional staff. You will then be contacted to discuss your request. In some cases, if no discussion or clarification is necessary, you may be notified via email regarding accommodations which can be offered.
     
  4. STEP 4: Notification
    The accommodations for which you are approved by the DSO will be communicated to you via email.
    • If you are offered academic accommodations, the DSO will send an electronic copy of your Disability Services Agreement to your instructors at the start of each term. This document lists only the academic accommodations for which you have been approved. It is important for students to discuss their accommodations with their instructors each semester. 
    • If you are offered residential accommodations, the DSO will notify RIT Housing Operations. All students with residential accommodations must continue to submit a Housing contract each year that you remain in RIT housing.

Making changes to your accommodations: 

If at any point you would like to request additional accommodations or make changes to existing accommodations, please request a meeting by filling out this form.

Appealing decisions:

If you do not agree with the DSO's accommodation decision, you have a right to file an appeal. Learn more about our appeal process here.

Is there a deadline for requesting accommodations?

No, students may request accommodations at any point during their time at RIT, though we encourage students to reach out to us about their access needs as soon as possible.   

In order to align with the RIT housing selection and assignment process, we do ask that housing-related accommodation requests are submitted to us by the dates below.  

May 1 – requests for fall term
December 1 – requests for spring term
May 1 – requests for summer term

Please note: Students requesting housing accommodations with the DSO must also submit a housing contract to RIT Housing Operations.