Southern Polytechnic State University
Policy and Procedure Manual
P&P Number:  460.0.

Original Date:  July 1984
Previous Revision: April 1997

Approved: February 15, 2010

To be Reviewed on or Before: February 15, 2020 


Disability Services –Students



This P&P includes the following main sections:

  • Background
  • SPSU Policy
  • Admission Process
  • Advising




The purpose of this policy is to outline how to obtain services for students with disabilities at SPSU.




SPSU Policy

It is the policy of Southern Polytechnic State University to seek to make all of its programs and facilities available to all qualified students, including students with disabilities. In an effort to fully comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, any student who because of a disability encounters any barrier to his/her full utilization of Southern Polytechnic programs or facilities is encouraged to contact the disability services coordinator for assistance. The University will, insofar as possible, assist the student in seeking solutions to disability barriers.

504 Regulations, Section 84.3, of The Americans with Disabilities Act defines persons with disabilities as any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.





1. The evaluation of all applicants for admission shall be based on the academic requirements as put forth by the faculty. Qualified persons with disabilities will not, on the basis of disability, be denied admission or be subjected to discrimination in admission or recruitment. When the University becomes aware that the individual has a disability, the admissions office and/or registrar's office shall encourage the student to self-identify to the Advising, Tutoring, Testing, and International Center (ATTIC).

2. Official documentation of disability is required to determine eligibility for accommodations or adaptations that may be helpful on campus.  Students must submit those documents to the disability services coordinator who shall review the student's file.

3. After reviewing the student's file and, if desirable, interviewing the student, the disability services coordinator will determine the accommodations necessary to fulfill the University's responsibility insofar as the student is concerned. Such recommendations for accommodations shall be put forth in writing.  Students are responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner and for providing a copy of the accommodations document to their instructors in courses for which accommodation is sought and to all University officials whose areas of responsibility are affected.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the confidentiality of student educational records. Information included under these protections may not be released to a third party without the written consent of the student (or the parents of the student if the student is under 18 years of age), except in those specific instances identified in the law.

Students must sign a release form and request services and accommodations in writing each semester.



In addition to advisement about possible accommodations (carried out between the student and the disability services coordinator in the ATTIC), students with disabilities should also seek academic advisement following the procedures of their major department.  Priority registration and scheduling may be offered to a student with disabilities if recommended by the ATTIC or by the student’s academic advisor.