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Prospective Students

Welcome, prospective Salukis! We are pleased that you are considering Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

We understand that selecting a university which offers appropriate accommodations to meet your needs can be an important factor in your decision. You may have questions about this as you consider all that SIU Carbondale as to offer. Contact us any time, catch us at an Open House, or see us during your Campus Visit.

At SIU, we go out of our way to make sure nothing gets in your way.

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New DSS Students

  • If you are an SIU student and you have a disability, DSS can provide accommodations and services so you will have an equal educational opportunity. If you are unsure if you qualify for disability services, it is best to contact us for an appointment to meet with a DSS staff member.
  • Meetings are usually conducted before the term begins, but you can do this at any time during the semester. However, it may take time to implement certain accommodations.

To request accommodations and meet with DSS:

  1. Fill out the new student application.
  2. Contact DSS for an appointment time.

Disability Documentation

  • If you have documentation of your disability from a medical provider, you can upload it with your application, fax it to 618-453-5700, or bring it with you to your meeting.
  • You are welcome to request accommodations and meet with a DSS Staff member even if you do not have documentation. The DSS Staff member will determine if further documentation is needed.

Returning DSS Students

If you have already met with DSS and have established accommodations use the DSS Student Portal to

  • Send faculty notification letter each term

  • Request appointment with your coordinator

  • Request Alternate Format Textbooks

  • Schedule Alternative Testing for exams

  • Confirm Notetaking Services

  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at 618-453-5738 or VP 618-615-4492 or via email


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