Services for Graduate Students
Student Accessibility Support (SAS) provides a range of supports to graduate students with disabilities. If at any point you have questions about the accommodations process, please feel free to reach out to Scott Lapinski. He can help you navigate the process or answer any questions you might have. If you are an undergraduate student, please visit our Services for Undergraduate Students page for more information about requesting accommodations.
Disclosing a disability and requesting accommodations are personal decisions. Brandeis does not require you to disclose the existence of a disability, but requesting accommodations does require that you disclose your disability. Be sure to contact SAS as soon as possible to ensure all your accommodations are delivered in a timely manner.
If you are ready to request accommodations, please follow these easy steps:
- Submit your initial request and documentation - Complete the “Initial Accommodation Request - Graduate Students”. If you do not include disability documentation when completing the form, then please contact Scott Lapinski for additional instructions.
- Schedule a meeting - After completing the request form, email Scott Lapinski for a meeting.
- Meet with SAS - Meet with Scott to discuss your personal history and the accommodations you are requesting
After the meeting with Scott Lapinski, SAS will prepare a confidential letter for you to take to each instructor, and will help coordinate other services as necessary.
If you received accommodations at Brandeis during your undergraduate education you are still required to:
Complete the request form - Complete the Brandeis Undergraduate to Graduate Accommodation Transition - Graduate Students
Schedule a meeting - Schedule a meeting with Scott Lapinski, the Accessibility Specialist for Graduate Students, to discuss your accommodations in graduate school.
While your accommodations may very well stay the same, an initial conversation is an important first step. Depending on your program you might encounter different challenges than you did in your undergraduate work. It is important we discuss what those might be and how we can work together to ensure your services are effective. Additionally, if your documentation is no longer current (documentation should be within three years, but this depends on the nature and severity of the disability), we might need to review updated documentation.
If you have received accommodations from another university or college, we still require you to complete the Initial Accommodation Request - Graduate Students form. When you complete this form, there is a section that allows you to share more information about the accommodations you received. Your accommodations will also be discussed in your meeting with Scott Lapinski.
This is a listing of the relevant request forms. All forms are completed online and are confidential.
Initial Accommodation Request - Graduate Students - This form should be completed by new graduate students who have not previously received accommodations at Brandeis.
Brandeis Undergraduate to Graduate Accommodation Transition - Graduate Students - This form should be completed by students who have previously received accommodations as a Brandeis undergrad.
Grievance or Appeals Procedure
To initiate a grievance or appeals procedure, the student sends a letter naming the decision s/he wishes to appeal to:Disability Appeals Process Student Accessibility Support Usdan 130, MS 001 Brandeis University 415 South Street Waltham, MA 02453 firstname.lastname@example.org