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How much time does it take to participate in the TRiO SSS program?

This is up to you – it can take as little as one hour each quarter or several hours each week. You decide which services to utilize.

I would like to meet more students like me. How can SSS help?

The program offers many social and educational events each semester. In the past, these have included trips to music concerts, area plays, museums, college campus visits and cultural trips to Chicago. The SSS program also purchases tickets to a variety of campus activities that participants can attend together.

Can SSS help with the transition to college life?

Yes! SSS makes the transition smoother by offering one-on-one academic and career advising as well as workshops on managing your time efficiently, getting along with instructors, financing your education, planning your four-year degree and beyond, and many other topics.

If I join SSS, what am I required to do?

SSS tends to have expectations rather than requirements. It is expected that you will be committed to earning your degree and that you will take advantage of SSS services that meet your academic needs. The SSS staff will make recommendations for you that we expect you to carefully consider.

Why should I become a TRiO SSS participant?

SSS provides a personal college “safety net” from enrollment in the program through graduation. The program can help you build on your strengths and address your areas of concern. By becoming a participant, you will gain access to services and opportunities not available to other students on campus.

How does an instructor refer a student for accommodation services?

Encourage the student to contact a member of the Disability Services staff. You may want to contact the office yourself to follow up on your referral.

Who do I contact if there’s a problem with the elevator?

If the elevator is not functioning properly, contact the appropriate Disability Services Office. If you are unable to attend class because the elevator is malfunctioning, contact the Disability Services Office and we will notify your instructor. Students are also welcome to have a Disability Services staff member copy a classmate’s notes for them.

What are some of my responsibilities?

  • Follow the steps to receive accommodations.
  • Initiate all services and do so in a timely manner.
  • Seek assistance when you experience problems with accommodation services.

What is the process for requesting/receiving accommodations?

  • Contact the Disability Services Office
  • Submit disability documentation which determines eligibility and supports request for accommodations.
  • Meet with Disability Services staff to develop accommodations plan.
  • Complete V.I.SA. (Verification of Individual Services and Accommodations) forms as needed.
  • Students are encouraged to deliver their V.I.S.A. forms during the first week of the semester.
  • Introduce yourself to your instructor and discuss your accommodation needs the first week of classes.

What are the rights of students with respect to student accommodations?

These rights would include:

  • Equal access to an education
  • Reasonable and effective accommodations according to the student’s disability
  • Confidentiality
  • Respectful and fair treatment