Student Accessibility Services


Services for Students Requiring Accommodations

Cardinal Stritch University places an emphasis on connections between faculty and students and between academic campus life and the larger world. The University provides a superior education, rooted in its Franciscan and liberal arts heritage and draws upon its Christian tradition to prepare all students for vocational success, lifelong learning and service in a diverse and global society.

Our Mission

The mission of the office of Student Accessibility Services at Cardinal Stritch University is to assist in creating a campus community where otherwise qualified students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the educational environment. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury 
  • Blindness
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Emotional and mental challenges

We are guided by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA) of 2008. Individuals will receive reasonable accommodations according to their needs and the documentation of their disability.

If you have questions about Student Accessibility Services, contact us at or call 414-410-4828. The Disability Services Coordinator is Mike Schade.

How the Stritch Process Works:

Accessibility Services Request

1. Prior to the provision of reasonable accommodations by the University, the student must complete the Accessibility Services Request Form, on which the student must identify his/her disability; the course, program of study or activity in which the student is enrolled or scheduled to be enrolled; and the accommodation(s) sought.

2. In order to be eligible for reasonable accommodation(s) from the University, the student must provide recent, relevant and comprehensive documentation of the disability. In addition, one of two forms should be completed by a state licensed psychologist or physician:

Disability Documentation Form – Physical

Disability Documentation Form – Learning/Psychological

For learning disabilities, documentation should address:

  • background information about the student's history of learning disabilities.
  • a clear diagnosis including an explanation of how the impairment substantially limits the student's learning or other major life activities.
  • results of testing using appropriate test instruments and an explanation of those test results: achievement, intelligence, executive functioning.
  • recommendations for accommodations with an explanation of those test results.

3. Once the University receives all necessary documentation and reviews the requested accommodations in the context of the factors outlined above, reasonable accommodations available will be discussed in a conference with the student.

4. Each semester, the student is required to complete a Semester Release of Information Form, which legally authorizes the University to contact the student’s instructors and provide them with the accommodation plan. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the University informed of any additional information and/or changes relating to one's disability that will impact a current program of accommodation.

Information for Students

Note-taking for Students with Disabilities
Tips for Students with ADHD
How students with a Learning Disability can Self-Advocate in College
Autism Disorders
Test Taking Policies and FAQ

Policies & Procedures

Rights & Responsibilities for Students
Confidentiality & Disclosure of Disability Information
Denial of Disability Services Appeal Process
Pregnant Parenting Student Policy
Best Practices for Instructors of Pregnant and Parenting Students
Service and Emotional Assistance Animals


Disability Services Request Form
Disability Documentation Form – Physical
Disability Documentation Form – Learning/Psychological
Semester Release of Information Form
Alternative Text Individual User Agreement

Authorization - Release of Records and Information

Additional Resources

Guidelines for Medical Emergencies
Emergency Medical Withdrawal Policy
Title IX Resources
Universal Design