Email is currently the best mode of communication. SAS is able to schedule calls and Zoom meetings as office hours are limited during this time in order to minimize our impact to the community! We are happy to be flexible and work with each of you while you prepare for the Academic Year.
Information Specifically for Incoming First-Year Students
During the summer before their first semester at Clark, new Clarkies should consider doing the following as soon as possible:
- Self-identify as a student with a disability; send documentation to Student Accessibility Services (SAS), request accommodations, and register with the SAS office
- Attend Early Orientation
We accept documentation on a rolling basis throughout the year and are happy to meet with students to discuss accommodations. Below, find information about registering with SAS during the summer and attending Early Orientation.
For all incoming First Year Students: Please be sure to complete any applicable placement tests as early as possible (writing, math, etc) so that there are no complications with course registration!
*Please note-Based on CDC & State of Massachusetts guidelines, changes to the Orientation program may occur
Incoming first-year students who register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) have the option to attend Early Orientation, which takes place before orientation for all new students. Early Orientation has a number of benefits, including:
- Meet and work with student leaders before the incoming class arrives on campus
- Get to know other students attending programs that begin early
- Have some additional time to transition and navigate around campus
- Attend small workshops offered by various offices on campus
- Form lasting friendships with your peers
Registered students who participate in Early Orientation have the opportunity to move into their residence halls before the vast majority of their first-year peers — and food is included! After Early Orientation concludes, students then participate in Orientation with the rest of the incoming class.
Other than the ability to move in earlier than most others, Early Orientation offers two days of SAS-specific orientation to help students transition to their new lives as Clarkies. Previous Early Orientation schedules have included:
Timeline for the Summer before your First Year
Student Accessibility Services encourages students to self-identify and register with the office — and RSVP for Early Orientation! — as early as possible. We will attempt to process any late requests, but we cannot guarantee they will be accommodated.
Upon DepositFirst steps
Self-Identify as a student with a disability (This usually happens when you say, “Hi, I am looking for accommodations.”)
Submit documentation to SAS for review.
by June 14Submit documentation
Though accommodations are processed on a rolling basis, it is imperative that first-year students complete the process in a timely manner, due to the large number of new students to be assisted. Any students who submit documentation after June 14 may miss early registration and may need to register during general course registration times.
by June 14Complete an intake meeting
Schedule and complete an intake meeting with SAS staff. This meeting can happen over the phone or via Zoom and should take no longer than 30 to 40 minutes. Zoom meetings are preferred during this time!
The intake meeting should be completed by June 14 in order to take advantage of Early Registration as an incoming First Year Student.
June 15First-year student course registration (SAS)
First-year students registered with SAS participate in early registration for their first semester of courses. Please note that this is only done for their first fall semester, unless otherwise accommodated.
Jun 26 - Jul 24RSVP to Early Orientation
Let SAS staff know if you’re interested in participating in Early Orientation. RSVP by July 24.
July 31Confirm all necessary documents and processes are in place
By July 31, all new student meetings to review documentation, accommodations, and course selection should be complete.