Access Services


Access Services Policy

All students have been accepted by the College based on their ability to succeed academically and are required to meet the same academic and technical standards.

Access Services provides academic support and accommodations to students with disabilities or temporary conditions. Accessing accommodations is an ongoing and interactive process where information can be gathered from the student and from other relevant sources. We ask that students interview with Access Services to discuss their requests. We prefer students to present any documentation that describes their disability and the impact on educational experiences and in the educational environment early in the process. Each student’s requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.

The purpose of documentation is to assist in providing information and understanding how the courses or facilities might present barriers and to what degree the disability affects the student, and to plan for accommodations to facilitate access.


    Winona Campus Accommodations

    We are here to help you achieve success! Check out our resources which are aimed to enhance your learning experience. Each semester you will need to request accommodations for your classes.

    Request Accommodations with Access Services

    Alternate Format Textbooks
    Audio Recording of Classes

    In some cases, students with disabilities may record their class lectures. The student is responsible for the set up of equipment and for the recording of the lecture. Recordings cannot beshared with other students. The professor and/or Access Services may stipulate conditions for recording. All files are to be erased, deleted, or destroyed at the end of the semester.

    Access Services Consent Form
    Summer Courses

    Here will be where you will access helpful links regarding your summer courses.

    • If you need summer class accommodations please fill out the form below.





    Differences Between High School and College Disability Services

    Going from High School to college means significant differences in policies and procedures in regards to disability services and success.  Educational rights in HS provided by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) does not exist in college.  Rather, Colleges must comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  College students have civil rights, but no “educational” rights, and it is important you know the difference in a post-secondary setting.  Below are resources to help you with this transition.

    Differences Between HS and College 1

    Differences Between HS and College 2

    Differences Between HS and College 3 


    Are you looking to Request a Book?

    Do you need your text book in an alternative format to enahce your learning? Click below to fill out our book request form!

    Documentation for Healthcare Provider

    Students with a diagnosed learning, physical, medical, or mental health conditions requiring academic accommodations should complete and return this form, including the section to be completed by your healthcare provider.  

    SGPP Campus Accommodations

    Are you a student on the SGPP Campus? Check here for resources to enhance your learning experience!

    Apply for SGPP Accommodations
    •  Apply for accommodations with Access Services Director at 
    Alternate Format Textbooks

    Books are available in alternate formats for qualified students to assist them in the successful completion of their classes. Eligible students should meet with the Director of Access Services after registering for their classes to determine what books are needed. Students must provide proof of purchase of their books to meet copyright laws of publishers.

    Testing Accommodations for SGPP

    Academic Dishonesty

    Students at Saint Mary’s University are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty. If a staff member suspects a student of academic dishonesty, they will stop the exam and confiscate any questionable materials along with the exam. A review of the recording on camera will be used if needed.  The instructor will determine the academic consequences for the exam according to the current SMU catalog policy for academic dishonesty.

    Do you need to take a Test or Quiz?

    Please fill out the SGPP Testing Accommodations form listed below

    Are you looking to Request a Book?

    Do you need your text book in an alternative format to enhance your learning? Click below to fill out our book request form!

    Additional Information

    At times, students who are registered with Access Services are eligible for priority registration so that they can establish a class schedule that will accommodate their physical and/or academic needs. Time should be allowed between classes so that exams can be taken with extended time at the same time as the class. You must meet with your advisor prior to registering to discuss this accommodation.

    Temporary conditions are conditions such as a broken leg, illness, or hospitalization. They are not disabilities and are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a student who has been recently hospitalized, had an accident, or had a family emergency, you may want to be aware of the following information.

    Student Checklist for Assistance during Temporary Conditions

    Temporary conditions are conditions such as a broken leg, illness, or hospitalization. They are not disabilities and are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a student who has been recently hospitalized, had an accident, or had a family emergency, you may want to be aware of the following information. You may need only a few of these resources; all are included for your convenience.

    • It may be helpful to provide campus offices with your cell phone number.
    •  Contact each of your professors to let them know of your absence as soon as possible. Clarify what you need to do while you are away from class and follow up promptly. If you cannot meet a deadline, be sure to contact your professor to ask what you need to do. Any changes in deadlines are at the professor’s discretion.
    • In addition, you may ask Student Health Services to notify your professors of your absence. This is not an excused absence, but an official SMU absence notification. (This does not take the place of #1). If the student will miss more than one day of class and/or miss a test/quiz/major project the student should make an appointment in Student Health for evaluation and verification of the health concern. If the student must return home for an extended period of time, or has documentation from a health care provider describing the nature of the student’s health condition and the length of time the student will miss classes, the student should speak with a nursing professional in Student Health Services and provide the necessary documentation. Student Health will then notify the Student Success Center that an absence is due to a health concern. The Student Success Center will send a general email to the student’s instructors.
    •  If your class notes are not on blackboard or you do not have access to Tegrity for this class, ask a classmate to take notes in each of your classes and copy or email the notes to you. Thank them.
    •  Student Health Services the Wellness Center may provide a medical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Documentation of medical treatment can also be provided. Additional support, such as assistance with food services or temporary parking is also provided through this office. Contact Christina Uribe NItti at: or 507-457-1493.
    • Communicate with your professors by email and keep a file of your communication during your absence. This is your primary communication regarding your academic progress, so place top priority on it.
    • All Saint Mary’s students are welcome to use the resources through Learning Assistance Services in the Student Success Center, contact, 457-1414, Director of Learning Services.
    • Counseling Services in the Wellness Center provides emotional/mental health therapy and support. Contact: Dr. Ruth Mathews, 507-457-1773.
    • If you have a temporary disabling condition, contact the Student Success Center. You may be able to arrange academic accommodations for tests that are missed during your temporary condition. If the temporary condition becomes a permanent disability you will want to register with this office for academic accommodations through the Winona Campus with Karen Hemker, 457-1465 or or through the Twin Cities Campus with Laura Lanning at 

    Saint Mary’s University resources for students:

    Counseling Services

    Residence Life

    Campus Safety

    Student Health Services

    Student Success Center

    The following link reviews the new policy for animals that provide emotional support and services. It explains:

    1. Definitions
    2. Procedure to Request a Service Animal in University Housing
    3. Procedure to Request an Emotional Support Animal in University Housing
    4. Conflicting Disabilities
    5. Owner’s Responsibilities in University Housing
    6. Expectations of Faculty, Staff, Students
    7. Removal of Approved Animal
    8. Damages
    9. Roommate/Suitemate Acknowledgement

    Please click on the following link to download a PDF of our current policy. 

    Service and Emotional Support Animal Policy

    Request Form for Emotional Support Animal

    It is expected that the student will initiate a conversation with the professor regarding their needs and accommodations for their classes as soon as possible. Students are responsible for discussing the Notice of Accommodation email with their professor.

    Discussing academic concerns or disability related accommodations with professors can be difficult, especially the first time. Below are steps to help you with this process.

    • Schedule your meeting as early in the semester as possible
      • Find a time during scheduled office hours, or by appointment, to meet privately with your professor. Arrange the meeting early in the semester.
    • Start in your comfort zone.
      •  If it feels overwhelming to talk to all your professors, start by meeting the ones you are most comfortable around. As you gain confidence, schedule the other meetings.
    • Organize your thoughts, or even role-play, prior to the meeting. 
      • Think about your accommodation requests or any information you may want to discuss.
    • Let the accommodations be your guide. 
      • Focus the discussion on your accommodations, not your disability. You do not need to disclose your diagnosed disability to receive accommodations.
    • Discuss testing arrangements with your professor.  
      • This would be a good time to talk about when and where you will be taking your exams. You will want to discuss testing times if your class schedule does not allow you to take your exams at the same time as the class (i.e. night classes or back-to-back classes.
    • Be open to suggestions or comments from instructors.
      •  Accommodations often require a collaborative effort and instructors are frequently able to offer creative suggestions for implementing accommodations.