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Services For Students with a Disability (SSD)

Following admission guidelines, BYU-Idaho is committed to the full inclusion of all otherwise-qualified individuals who can benefit from its educational programs and activities. The Office of  Services for Students with a Disability (SSD), located in McKay Library, East 158, assists in facilitating reasonable academic accommodations for all qualified students who have documented  learning, emotional, and/or physical disabilities (as defined by applicable disability law) and have need for reasonable accommodation. Elevator access is provided.


The ultimate goal is to promote individual independence within the academic atmosphere of the university. Students are assisted in this process by SSD and by the support services and programs available to all BYU-Idaho students.

In order to provide academic accommodations SSD must have on file medical or psychological information documenting the disability.  The information should be current within three years. That information must come from a qualified professional in a field relevant to the disability.  The information should include:  diagnosis, level of severity, discussion of issues, test scores (in the case of learning disability), recommended accommodations, etc.


The professional should be clearly identified by name, degree, specialty, address, and telephone number.  The University does not provide learning disability testing.


Academic accommodations include additional time for testing, preferential seating, volunteer note-takers, oral testing, audio taped lectures, priority registration, copies of overheads, distraction free environment for testing, etc.


These accommodations are considered on an individual basis based on the clinical information and an interactive dialogue with the student. 


Services such as assistance from a personal attendant, help with activities of daily living (ADL’s), transportation to campus, or transportation on campus, etc., are classified as “personal services” and are not provided by the University.  Referral to appropriate agencies and resources is available through SSD. 


Written descriptions of specific accommodations may be sent to instructors if needed or requested by the student. With the student’s permission, clinical information regarding the disability may also be shared with instructors to provide better services.

Students are encouraged to request accommodations as early as possible, especially those which required “lead time” to arrange, such as interpreter services for the hearing impaired, assistive technology hardware or software, etc. 

All students, regardless of disability issues, are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered at the Learning Assistance Department (LA), which include:


  • Reading Center
  • Writing Center
  • Math Center
  • Study Skills Center
  • Tutoring Center


These services are provided at no extra cost to the student.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the centers and make arrangements for services.  Information can be found on the BYU-Idaho home page by following the links “Students,” then “Services,” to “Learning Assistance.”  A person may also call the LA Department at (208) 496-1158.  Centers are located on the 2nd floor, McKay Library, East.   

Grievance Policy

Students and instructors may contact SSD if challenges or concerns arise.  A good faith attempt will be made to resolve the situation or seek assistance from the administration.  Available grievance procedures provide for a discussion with individual students and the director of the Learning Assistance Department and the director of SSD to resolve disputes. Those concerns should be provided to SSD in writing with appropriate documentation.  If agreement is not reached at that level, individual students may request a formal review before the Exception to Policy Committee. The results of that review may be appealed to the University president or President’s Council for final decision. Technical assistance and consultation are always available.


For questions regarding services for students with disabilities, contact:

Richard G. Taylor, Ph.D.

Director, SSD


Rexburg, ID 83460-4121

phone: (208) 496-1158 voice/tdd



See also:

Adaptive Service Adventure Program (ASAP)


Academic Learning 

Academic Learning offers a variety of learning support programs described below. These include the Tutoring Center and centers specializing in reading, writing, math, study skills, and disability services.


Tutoring Center

Students who desire help beyond their regular classroom instruction may seek assistance at the Tutoring Center. Individual, group or walk-in sessions are available. Tutors are chosen from students who have succeeded academically in the class, completed a tutor-training program and have been approved by their department. There is no cost for this service; however, students are encouraged to first seek all possible help from instructors and class help sessions before signing up for tutoring.  To sign up and schedule tutoring appointments see the tutor request link at


Reading Center

The Reading Center helps students improve basic reading skills as well as learn the skills necessary to study university textbooks. Students receiving help at the Reading Center may register for credit or complete a non-credit program.

Each student receives individual diagnosis, advising, and instruction.  The Reading Center offers one-on-one tutoring for learning strategies, comprehension, phonics, vocabulary, speed, spelling, grammar, and critical thinking.  In addition, reading courses offer instruction in comprehension (English 100), specific reading skills (English 101), and the study of university textbooks (English 107).  For more information, see the course descriptions for English 100, 101, and 107 in the Brigham Young University-Idaho Catalog.

Students who are non-native English speakers can also receive extra help in the Reading Center.  The English as a Second Language (ESL) program, located in the Reading Center, is designed to help international students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  Students receive individual help with pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension, writing skills, and cultural adjustment.  English 108 (verbal communication) and English 109 (writing) are courses for ESL students. English 101 modules in grammar and pronunciation are also available for ESL students. 


Writing Center

The Writing Center provides a relaxed environment for students who want to improve their writing skills. Qualified student assistants work individually with writers in free, confidential, twenty-minute sessions. Writing assistants help students draw upon personal and textual resources to draft and revise college-level papers.  Because the Center teaches writing as “re-writing,” a student may expect help revising a paper from a rough draft to the final stages of editing.  Writing assistants and students work together to:

·         Discover and generate intriguing ideas for essays

·         Write strong introductions and conclusions

·         Develop focused ideas through detailed, concrete discussions

·         Construct connecting sentences and transitions

·         Write research papers, résumés and letters of applications, proposals, summaries, responses, and literary critiques

The Writing assistants involve students directly in the critical thinking/writing process.  The Writing Center is a great resource for students especially when they come for assistance in the early stages of the drafting process.



The Math Study Center provides support for all math students on campus with three separate services:

The Drop-in Math Study Center is open 53 hours per week, with a staff of tutors available to answer math questions.  Test review is also available for Math 100 and 101.


Math Study Center hours:







9am-9pm, Closed for Devotional







9am-9pm, Closed for Forum











One-on-one tutors: This service is recommended for those desiring more individualized help than what is available in the drop-in center.  Tutors are available for all math classes offered at BYU-Idaho. One-on-one tutoring sessions can be scheduled at the Learning Assistance secretary's desk Monday through Friday, from 8-5. This is a free service provided by the Church.

Math Requirement Prep Courses.  These three courses, designed to prepare students for their university math requirements, are taught in a lecture based setting by a dynamic group of professors.  



        Math 100A  Arithmetic                           1 Credit

A study of arithmetic and its applications.  This course is only for those needing a review.  Topics include: negative numbers, fractions, decimals and percents.


        Math 100B  Beginning Algebra             2 Credit

No previous algebra required.  This course develops basic algebra skills.  This is the preparatory course for Math 101 or 108.


        Math 101   Intermediate Algebra             3 Credits

Prerequisite: proficiency in first year algebra or completion of Math 100B with a grade of “B” or higher.  This is the prep course for Math 108 or Math 110.  Math 101 may not be taken for credit if Math 110 has been completed with a grade of “B” or higher.



The Study Skills Center is designed to assist students in improving their study skills. Students may obtain help either by enrolling in a class or by visiting the Center at MCK 266.

Study Skills Class

General Studies (GS 102 helps students improve learning effectiveness, attitude and motivation, time management, studying textbooks, study habits, memory, concentration, etc.  This course also orients students to available University services and resources. This course is a block class (8 weeks). 

Study Skills Modules

Students may enroll in any study skills module listed below by registering at the Study Skills Center. Modules may be taken for credit or on a non-credit basis; however, modules must be added by the 12th week of the semester, and each module may be registered for only once each semester.


GS 103 A-J

Study Skills Modules

.5 Credit per Module

GS 103A Concentration and Memorization

GS 103B Note Taking & Listening

GS 103C Thinking Skills

GS 103D Textbook Study

GS 103E Time Management

GS 103F Test Taking Skills

GS 103J Studying Chemistry


One-on-one counseling is also available to help students develop more effective personal study strategies.