Southeastern University is committed to being an accessible and accepting community for people from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities. We also stand firmly against discrimination and harassment. To further those initiatives, we have established guidelines and policies to direct university students, faculty and staff. Those policies and procedures are accessible through the links below
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Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services
Southeastern University is committed to ensuring equal access to all programs for people with disabilities. Program access is provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual and to the maximum extent feasible. Southeastern University prohibits disability discrimination and assures equal access, including participation in all educational activities, academic programs and services.
Location: SEU’s Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services is located on the second floor of Buena Vida East.
Phone: 863.667.5283 (TTY Users: Through the Florida Relay Service, people who use specialized TTY telephone equipment can communicate with people who use standard telephone equipment. To call Florida Relay, dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771)
The Office of Academic and Auxiliary Services coordinates accommodations for students with documented physical, learning, and/or psychological disabilities. For detailed information about services provided for students with disabilities at Southeastern University please read below. To begin the process of requesting accommodations, please call 863-667-5283 or email ADAservices@seu.edu.
Tests are administered at the Testing Center for students with disabilities who are registered with the Office of Academic and Auxiliary Services. For more information or to schedule an exam, please call 863-667-5116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Law Regarding People with Disabilities – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, nor be subjected to discrimination under any program activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Americans with Disability Act – ADA is a comprehensive Civil Rights Act protecting the rights of people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the areas of private employment, public accommodations and services, transportation, and telecommunications. The Americans with Disabilities Act also prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability with regard to admission to educational institutions or vocational training programs (public or private); job application procedures; hiring, advancement or discharge of employees; employee compensation; job training; and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working. A major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive functions.
Academic & Auxiliary Services’ mission is to facilitate accessibility to education and foster self-advocacy independence in individuals with disabilities. This is accomplished through empowerment, support, resources and advocacy throughout Southeastern University’s programs and activities. Academic accommodations can be requested by graduate and undergraduate students taking courses on campus, online, and/or at an extension site.
Academic & Auxiliary Services supports services and resources for students with documented disabilities through the following means:
Please Note: A student with a disability is not entitled to accommodations if he/she has not self-identified, has not provided appropriate documentation and has not requested accommodations. In order to receive accommodations, a student must provide appropriate documentation of his/her disability to Academic & Auxiliary Services.
Housing for Students Living on Campus
For information regarding accessible housing for students with disabilities, please contact the Housing Coordinator by email at email@example.com or by phone at 863-667-5148. Housing applications are due by May 1 for the fall semester and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning students who need accessible housing should submit their returning room selection request during the months of March and April.
The Reference Research Desk is available for all students from 7:30 am – 2:00 am Monday-Thursday; 7:30 am – 8:30 pm on Friday; 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm on Saturday; and 1:00 pm – 2:00 am on Sunday. For students with print and/or visual disabilities, the use of a Kurzweil Reader is available. It is recommended that students reserve a time to use the Kurzweil Reader. For students in wheelchairs, there are accessible tables located on the first floor of the library.
Academic Center for Enrichment
ACE provides free tutoring services to all SEU students. Services include: Academic Success Coaching, Group Tutoring Sessions, Online Tutoring and Workshops. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-667-5137 for more information.
School of Unrestricted Education
The Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services at SEU serves undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at any of our extension sites. Students with disabilities, who have completed the registration process and been accepted by SEU, should contact the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services at ADAservices@seu.edu or 863-667-5283 to begin the accommodation process.
SEU Online Courses
The Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services at SEU serves undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled for online courses. Students with disabilities who have completed the registration process and been accepted by SEU, should contact the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services at ADAservices@seu.edu or 863-667-5283 to begin the accommodation process.
Melanie Roberts (email@example.com) at The Center for Online Learning can provide information regarding closed-captioning or transcripts for videos.
Moodle, through MyFire, the online learning portal is supported by two screen readers:
JAWS (Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Firefox). Visit: http://www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindess/JAWS
NVDA (Microsoft Windows). Visit: http://www.nvaccess.org/
For More information about the accessibility features of Moodle visit: https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Accessibility
Students who have a short-term medical condition or a temporary injury may benefit from services offered by the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services. To receive a temporary accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 863-667-5283 for assistance.
During a semester/term, a student may experience a medical emergency that prevents them from completing assignments by their due dates. In such cases, the Office of Academic and Auxiliary Services can arrange a Temporary Medical Accommodation between the student and their faculty members. This accommodation gives the student additional time to complete their assignments. To request a Temporary Medical Accommodation, the student should email the Director of Academic and Auxiliary Services at email@example.com, and provide official documentation from a licensed medical doctor. This documentation must establish the temporary medical disability and provide adequate information on the functional impact of the medical condition so that effective accommodations can be provided.
A student may occasionally experience a life issue or life event near the end of a semester/term that prohibits them from finishing a semester/term successfully. A Semester Continuance is designed to assist a student in completing a semester/term of courses successfully by extending the deadline for a specified time to complete required coursework. Reasons can be varied and unexpected. Various triggers for continuation may be identified as medical (such as hospitalization) or emotional/psychological. A requested Semester Continuation for any of the above listed reasons will be coordinated by the Director of Academic and Auxiliary Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking for Students with Disabilities
Specific parking spaces at SEU are designated for people with documented physical disabilities. These spaces are marked with the international symbol of accessibility. Only vehicles displaying identification/placard as approved by Florida State Law or the state in which the vehicle is registered may park in these designated spaces.
Exception: Any person chauffeuring a person with a physical disability shall be allowed to park momentarily in any space designated as parking for persons with a physical disability, for the purpose of loading and unloading a person with such a disability.
Documentation serves two purposes in post-secondary education:
Southeastern University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws. These guidelines provide information regarding the accommodation process for individuals using service animals.
A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.
Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.
The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.
In the event that a member of the community is attending an event or using the library they will not be asked to document a disability to bring a service animal onto campus. Questions or concerns regarding the appropriateness of a service animal being on campus are to be brought to the attention of Academic & Auxiliary Services.
Southeastern University students who use a service animal on campus are requested to register with Academic & Auxiliary Services.
General Requirements for Individuals Using Service Animals
Except for licensing and vaccination requirements, SEU will make reasonable accommodations for individuals who are not able to comply with these requirements due to disability.
Emotional Support Animal Guidelines
Southeastern University welcomes Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) based on the Fair Housing Act (FHA). ESAs provide a measure of support and comfort to individuals with qualifying disabilities. ESAs are a prescribed part of therapy for emotional and psychological disabilities and serve to alleviate symptoms of the disability.
There is much confusion about the role of ESAs; they are often mistaken for Service Animals. ESAs are not considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ESAs provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and can help to reduce symptoms of psychiatric disabilities and mental impairments, such as depression, anxiety, and certain phobias. ESAs differ from service animals in that they do not have specialized training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities.
Unlike a service animal that has access to public places where pets are not typically allowed, an ESA has limited access to places of public accommodation. Under the FHA, an ESA is a reasonable accommodation in a housing unit that has a no pet policy for its residents. Therefore, ESAs are permitted in residence halls, but are restricted to a student’s room and can only leave for nature breaks. ESAs are not allowed in classrooms, campus buildings, common rooms or areas in the residence halls, or campus events. ESAs must be under the control of their owner at all times, cannot be left alone overnight, and cannot be cared for by another student.
Below is a chart highlighting the differences between ESAs and Service Animals.
|Service Animals||Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)|
|Dogs/Miniature Horses||Species not specified, typically a dog or cat|
|Assists a person with a disability by performing a specific task||Alleviates symptoms of psychiatric or emotional disability|
|Trained to perform a specific task by a specialized organization||Not trained for a specific task by a specialized organization|
|Is recommended to register with Academic & Auxiliary Services.||Needs to register with Housing Department of SEU by submitting an application, documentation of disability, vaccination records of ESA, and meet with the Director of Housing.|
|Unlimited campus access||Restricted campus access to residence hall room or outside only for nature breaks.|
|Must be under the owner’s control at all times and must be with the owner at all times.||Must be under the owner’s control at all times. Owners cannot leave ESAs alone or with any other student.|
Steps to Register with the Housing Department of Southeastern University:
The Director of Housing will review the application once it is submitted with the appropriate documentation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Documentation requirements are firm and are not flexible. You will be notified if any documentation is missing. If the documentation meets the requirements, you will be contacted to schedule an accommodation meeting with the Director of Housing.
You must contact SEU’s Housing Department with questions or concerns about your room assignment and/or your housing contract.
Student’s Responsibilities for the Emotional Support Animal:
Please note: If the ESA poses a health, safety, or welfare threat to the campus community, you will be requested to remove the ESA from the campus.
Every qualified student with a disability has the right to:
Every qualified student with disabilities has the responsibility to:
Southeastern University has the right to:
Southeastern University has the responsibility to:
The Office of Academic and Auxiliary Services has adopted the following appeal and grievance procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of disputes relating to disability accommodations or the accessibility of academic programs.
Student Appeals of Accommodation Decisions
If a student disagrees with the decision of the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services regarding a request for an accommodation, the student may submit a request for reconsideration within thirty (30) days of the decision. A request for reconsideration must be directed in writing to the Director of the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services. Requests for reconsideration should identify the specific accommodation requested and denied, a statement regarding why the accommodation is reasonable and necessary, relevant supporting documentation from a licensed medical or mental health professional, or a 504 Plan or IEP from the student’s high school dated within 10 years.
Upon receipt of the request for reconsideration, the Director of the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services will undertake a thorough review of the student’s documentation and request for accommodation(s). A follow-up meeting may be scheduled with the student to discuss the request in more detail. The Director of the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services may consult with other university officials as a part of the decision-making process and may share information about the student’s disability with these officials or committees on a limited, need-to-know basis. The Director of the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services will notify the student in writing of the decision within five (5) working days of receipt of the request for reconsideration.
If a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the request for reconsideration, the student may submit a formal appeal to the Associate Provost, Dr. Amy Bratten, at email@example.com. Appeals must be submitted within seven (7) working days of the reconsideration decision made by the Director of the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services. The Associate Provost may request a follow-up meeting with the student as a part of the decision-making process. The Associate Provost may consult with other university officials or committees as a part of the decision-making process and may share information about the student’s disability with these officials or committees only on a limited, need-to-know basis. The Associate Provost will issue a written decision on the appeal within ten (10) working days.
If a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the appeal to the Associate Provost, the student may submit a formal, second-level appeal to the Provost, Dr. Meghan Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appeals to the Provost must be submitted by email to within seven (7) business days of receiving the decision from the Associate Provost. The Provost or the Provost’s designee may request a follow-up meeting with the student as a part of the decision-making process. The Provost or the Provost’s designee may consult with other university officials or committees as a part of the decision-making process and may share information about the student’s disability with these officials or committees only on a limited, need-to-know basis. The Provost or the Provost’s designee will issue a written decision on the appeal within ten (10) working days.
These appeal procedures do not prohibit students from requesting new or modified accommodations based on a change in circumstances, such as new courses or activities, new medical conditions or disabilities, or changes to existing medical conditions or disabilities. Requests for new or modified accommodations should be submitted to the Office of Academic & Auxiliary services at email@example.com.
Students with questions, concerns, or grievances relating to the implementation of an accommodation or the accessibility of academic programs should contact the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member in the Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services will promptly contact the student to discuss the concern. The Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services will work collaboratively with the student and the academic program to informally resolve the concern.
If a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the informal resolution, the student may submit a formal grievance to the Associate Provost, Dr. Amy Bratten, at email@example.com. The Associate Provost will also coordinate with the appropriate department head and/or dean’s office to review the grievance. The Associate Provost will issue a written decision on the grievance within ten (10) working days.
If a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the grievance resolution by the Associate Provost, the student may submit a formal, second-level grievance to the Provost. Grievances submitted to the Provost must be sent by email to Dr. Meghan Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Provost or the Provost’s designee may request a follow-up meeting with the student as a part of the decision-making process. The Provost or the Provost’s designee may consult with other university officials or committees as a part of the decision-making process and may share information about the student’s disability with these officials or committees only on a limited, need-to-know basis. The Provost or the Provost’s designee will issue a written decision on the grievance within ten (10) working days.
Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services
Director of Academic & Auxiliary Services
Dr. Laura Brown
Dr. Amy Bratten
Dr. Meghan Griffin
Source: Adapted from Carnegie Mellon University Policy – Revised October 2021