Academic Success

Services for Students with Disabilities


Southwestern University is committed to ensuring that all students have equal access to University programs and services. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) are managed as part of the Center for Academic Success, which is located on the first floor of the Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning (Suite 120). The Associate Director of Academic Success (Associate Director): (1) determines students’ eligibility through a review process based on information provided by the student in an online application and documentation received in regards to the student’s disability; (2) approves reasonable accommodations intended to reduce or eliminate barriers to equal access; and (3) collaborates with Southwestern students, faculty, and staff to ensure that no qualified students with disabilities are denied the benefit of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination.

Requesting Accommodations

Students with disabilities who require accommodations to receive equal access should complete the online Student Application  and upload supporting documentation (if necessary).  Please see the  Documentation Guidelines  below and contact the Associate Director if you have questions or if any of our online services are inaccessible to you.  Documentation can also be provided at a later date and in different formats. 

Student Application Note: the application will time out after 20-30 minutes, so please take screenshots as you fill it out, just in case. Once you submit the application, you should receive an immediate confirmation email.  If, on the other hand, you are taken to a blank application, you can send the screenshots directly to the Associate Director.    

Once the Student Application has been reviewed, the Associate Director will ask the student either to provide additional information or to schedule a meeting.  Students may also contact the Associate Director directly via telephone at 512-863-1536 or by coming to the office (Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, Suite 120).

Important: Please do not delay meeting with the Associate Director out of concern for not having the right paperwork. Our first priority is meeting with you, not reviewing the paperwork!