Welcome – Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional & Liberal Studies, Distance Learning Students

In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Office of SDS coordinates support services and determines “reasonable academic adjustments” based on demonstrated needs of the students as supported by documentation from medical providers that is appropriate and current (within 3 years).  The Office is responsible for promoting access to facilities and programs, ensuring equal educational opportunities, acting as an informational and referral source, and serving as a liaison between faculty and student.

In order for a student's medical impairment (physical or mental) to be considered a disability, the student must establish (through documentation from his/her medical provider) that the impairment meets the definition of a disability under Title II of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  A disability is defined as a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities".  The Office of SDS is the designated office at Saint Joseph's University that obtains, receives, evaluates, and files disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for consideration, determines and grants a reasonable accommodation(s), and develops plans for the provision of such accommodations.

If you are a Veteran, you may be interested to learn of programs, resources, and support services SJU has specifically designed for our servicemen and women and their families.  You may contact Ralph Galati, Director of Veteran Services at rgalati@sju.edu.

If you have any questions about eligibility or reasonable accommodations, please feel free to contact Dr. Christine Mecke at:

Phone: 610-660-1774

TTY: 610-660-1620

Fax: 610-660-3053