Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to apply for admission to the university prior to registering for services at the Office of Accessibility.
Students are encouraged to register with the Office of Accessibility 3 months prior to enrollment at The University of Akron.
Complete the New Student Application to register with the Office of Accessibility. The new student application is a brief online questionnaire designed for students to describe the impacts of a disability. STARS is the online system that allows students to quickly and easily request and notify faculty of approved accommodations.
After completing the new student application, students should upload current, disability-related documentation of a disability(ies) completed by a qualified professional. The Office of Accessibility has specific guidelines available here or in Simmons Hall 105. The Office of Accessibility will not accept disability-related documentation from treatment professionals who are related, in any way, to the student requesting services.
Once a new student application has been reviewed, including complete documentation, an Office of Accessibility staff member will follow-up to schedule an intake appointment. If any information in the application is incomplete, a staff member will contact the student to address what is needed.
The intake appointment is designed to discuss:
Services a student is eligible to receive based upon the documentation submitted
Preparations for attending college
Introduction to the online accommodation request system
Students are welcome to bring a support person (parent, guardian, spouse, case manager) to the intake appointment, which will be scheduled with a professional staff member of the Office of Accessibility.
Submit Additional Documentation
Students have the ability to submit additional documentation through the Additional Documentation form within STARS. Students should utilize this form when needing to submit additional documentation. Students may consider submitting additional documentation for many different reasons. These reasons may include, but are not limited to:
Sustained a Temporary Medical Condition (broken bone, concussion, unexpected hospitalization);
An exacerbation of current disability related symptoms;
Additional disability diagnosis;
Submitting documentation for the review of Provisional status;
Requesting the review of current documentation on file for eligibility of a new accommodation
Students should upload current, disability-related documentation of their disability(ies) to STARS completed by a qualified professional. The Office of Accessibility has specific guidelines available on our website or in Simmons Hall 105. The Office of Accessibility will not accept disability-related documentation from treatment professionals who are related, in any way, to the student requesting services.
Students are encouraged to contact their Disability Specialist with questions or to discuss the process of submitting additional documentation.