Class of 2021

Welcome to Brown University! We are looking forward to working with you during your time at Brown.

As you are getting prepared to come to Brown, we wanted to remind you about some important events/information and to review the process of registering with Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS).

General Orientation for incoming first years is  September 2-9, 2017. The following is a list of events to be on the look out for!

Events to attend during Orientation

  • SEAS will have a table at the University Resource Fair on Saturday, 9/2 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm in Sayles Hall. The accessible entrance is on the right side of the building. Take the small elevator to the first floor.
  • SEAS will hold an Orientation for students and parents on 9/3 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in 85 Waterman, Room 130. Meet the SEAS staff and get information about how accommodations and services work at Brown. There will also be a panel of current students who use accommodations and services! CART will be provided and a hearing loop is available.
  • SEAS Welcome - Open House on 9/7  from 2 pm to 4 pm at 20 Benevolent St., 1st Floor. Our office is located between Brown and Magee Streets, across from Keeney Quad. The main entrance is on the left side of the building and is accessible. Stop by and meet staff, learn about services and schedule an appointment to discuss accommodations.
  • SEAS will conduct a Self Advocacy Workshop on 9/12 from noon to 1 pm in the Sciences Library, room TBD. Learn about the process of requesting accommodations. Discuss how to work with your professors, use services such as Tutoring or the Writing Center, and make sure you know where to go if you have a question or a concern. The session is strongly recommended for any students that will be using academic accommodations!

Registering with SEAS and requesting accommodations

If you have not already submitted it, a Registration and Release Form should be returned to the SEAS office as soon as possible.

Documentation confirming your area of disability and needs is also required. Documentation guidelines  are  available for your reference and should be shared with your provider. Please make sure your documentation is complete by following the guidelines and contacting us with any questions. If you have not sent it already, documentation can be mailed to:

Student and Employee Accessibility Services
Brown University
Box P, Providence, RI 02912
or faxed to: 401-863-1444.

We encourage students to send this information in advance to allow time for us to contact you if more information is needed and enable us to have a clear picture of the range of services you may need. If you have recently sent materials, you may want to email us at to make sure they have been received. As soon as we review your materials, we will get in touch with you to let you know if everything is complete. You may already have heard from us – we are sending this letter to all students wherever they are in this process.

Accommodation Specifics:

Housing accommodations needed to be requested by July 5th in order to have the greatest priority in the assignment process. If there are any needs you have not yet communicated, please call 401-863-9588 and email us at right away to request a Housing Accommodation Request Form. Requests that are received after the deadline may not be met before the semester begins. Documentation that supports your request will be needed. 

Dining accommodations for significant food allergies and special diets should be arranged in advance of your arrival at Brown so everything can be in place. You will need to be regsitered with SEAS and should have confirmation from us that your accommodation is approved as well as instructions about your next steps.  Please call 401-863-9588 if you have any questions.

Parking accommodations for first year students are rare as many needs can be met with our campus transportation system. Requests for parking come through the SEAS office if they are disability-related. Please contact us by email at Please describe your disability-related reason, frequency and duration of need for requesting parking and request a SEAS Parking Accommodation Form.

SEAS On-Call Shuttle: Students with temporary or permanent mobility concerns can request point-to-point on rides (on campus only) by calling 401-225-9572. For ongoing shuttle rides, please register with SEAS by calling 401-863-9588 and then provide an advance list of requested rides each week. During regular Fall and Spring academic semesters, there is weekday service 8am to 7pm (to 5pm, late winter hours) to areas on or near campus served by the Brown Safe-Ride shuttles.

Setting up a meeting with a SEAS professional staff member

As soon as you are on campus, it will be important for you to come in to meet individually with one of us to review your documentation, discuss your needs, and learn about how the accommodation process works. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the SEAS office at (401) 863-9588. If you happen to be in the Providence area before Orientation begins, we are glad to meet with students early. These appointments are essential for all students who may need academic accommodations and strongly recommended for everyone who registers. Make sure you meet with someone as soon as possible.

Placement Exams

A number of academic departments offer placement examinations for either advanced placement or simply for appropriate course choice.

If you think you will need accommodations for any of these examinations, please contact SEAS for assistance. Please also contact the appropriate departmental contact person to start the process of communicating your need. The list of department contacts is available in the Orientation guide booklet.

Recreation Fee Waiver

The recreation fee covers Brown undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for access to all recreational and fitness facilities and entrance to athletic events.  It does not cover intramural team participation or physical education classes.  The Recreation Fee can be waived for students with disabilities or medical conditions that may prevent them from using these facilities. To request a waiver based on a disability, contact SEAS at 401-863-9588 or All other requests should be directed to the Office of Campus Life at 401-863-1800.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!


Catherine Axe       Assistant Dean and Director        
Jonathan Corey    Associate Director
Sean Haggerty      Coordinator
Antonio Taylor  Coordinator
Erin Karalekas      Administrative Coordinator