Student Services

Procedures for students requesting services. All services require at least a two-week notification. ( In some circumstances services may be provided sooner but ample notification is still required.)Services and accommodations do not include the following: personal attendants, individually prescribed devices, or readers/typists for personal use or study time.

Telephone Hotline

The Abilities Office recently established a telephone hotline which can be accessed through our general office telephone number (773/995-4401). This hotline, which was initiated in an effort to assure that all students have access to campus announcements, provides verbal details of CSU events and announcements. To hear these announcements, call the Abilities Office at 773/995-4401 and then press the number “1” when prompted. Any questions regarding this system should be directed to the Abilities Office at the number listed above.

Equipment Loan

No equipment will be loaned out if a student's file is not complete.(Application on file, medical documentation and current class schedule.) The appropriate form must be completed in order to receive equipment.

Note takers

The Abilities Office provides note takers to qualified students who make a request for this accommodation.   Currently, note takers are fellow students who are in the same class.  We provide carbonized copy set paper so that a student can take notes and share a copy of the notes at the end of class.


The Abilities Office coordinator will determine appropriate accommodations and services based upon the nature of the disability and your academic needs. Services for students with disabilities include, but are not limited to:
  • orientation to using the Abilities Office
  • testing accommodations and exam proctoring for disability related needs
  • private test location
  • equipment loan
  • photocopying
  • relationship with Dept. of Rehabilitation
  • conversion of classroom materials in accessible format when requested
  • coordination of interpreters and real-time translation
  • priority scheduling of classes
  • assessment of disability-related needs
  • consultation with faculty members regarding academic accommodations as needed and/or requested.
  • computer lab with adapted software.
  • coordination of note taking assistance and/or lab assistance
  • audio /digital books
  • readers and /or scribes
  • faculty notification

New Policy Language

New Policy Language – College of Education

Petitions presented to the Admissions and Standards Committee for a College of Education policy modification which could constitute a request for an academic adjustment or modification based on a disability will be process as such and will therefore be referred to the Abilities Office for processing.

Students submitting such petitions to the Admissions and Standards Committee (Committee) will receive notice from the Chair of the Committee that the petition has been forwarded to the coordinator of the Abilities Office.  A student, who prefers not to pursue this process, should notify the Committee Chair.

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