Student Access Services

Office of Student Access Services

Student Access Services (SAS) works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to ensure that appropriate accommodations, services, resources and referrals are made that provide equity both in the academic environment and in campus life. SAS works with all campus resources to ensure that equitable and inclusive learning environments and campus participation is a shared responsibility of the campus community.

Ringling College is committed to providing equal access opportunities for all students. Students who have disabilities are offered a variety of reasonable accommodations in order to have complete access to all academic programs. This is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and other relevant state and federal legislation policies.

Students requesting equal access accommodations must register with Student Access Services to receive reasonable accommodations. In order to be registered with SAS students must complete intake information and sign an agreement. Academic accommodations are not formally established until 30 days to the start of the student’s first semester.

 Accommodations are not retroactive, so it is recommended to establish accommodations with Student Access Services prior to the start of a semester. Accommodations must be renewed every semester. The process and assignment of reasonable accommodations may look different than what the student is used to from their high school experience. Informational meetings are encouraged while gathering information about attending Ringling College. Contact sas@ringling.edu to inquire or schedule an appointment with SAS.

Housing accommodations require more notice for planning and assignment. Students that require housing accommodations are encouraged to email Student Access Services at sas@ringling.edu once a housing contract has been submitted.

Though the accommodation process cannot begin until a student has been accepted to the college, many people have questions prior to applying. Students are encouraged to meet with Student Access Services while gathering information and applying to Ringling College. Inquires or establishing a line of communication can begin by emailing SAS@ringling.edu.

Once Students have been accepted into Ringling College, the application for accommodations can be submitted, please complete the online application and upload documentation using our online management system - AIM.

  • Click here to access: AIM
  • Complete the Student Application by filling in all the items with a red *
    • You must use your Ringling College email address and your Ringling ID number on the intake form.
  • Once you click submit, a screen will appear for documentation.
    • For files larger than 1mb, scan as separate files or zip the large file.
  • You will receive an automated email confirming receipt of your student application.
  • Once your application has been submitted, schedule an appointment with Student Access Services to review requests and for determination of approved accommodations.
    • This meeting is required before any accommodations can be put into place.

Click here for an appointment.

Students New to Student Access Services

Students who are new to Student Access Services, must make an appointment with Student Access Services before accommodations can be acquired. If you have any questions about the process, please email us at SAS@ringling.edu.

Students Currently Registered with Student Access Services

Students who are already approved for accommodations are required to renew every semester. if you are satisfied with your accommodations and would like to renew them, please email SAS@ringling.edu. If you were NOT satisfied with your accommodations last semester, please make an appointment  to discuss your questions/concerns with the Director of Student Access Services.

To file an appeal regarding academic accommodations, please contact Clair Harris at charris2@c.ringling.edu.

For any grievance against the Director of Student Access Services, please refer to the Student Grievance Policy.

In college, accommodations are made to provide students equal access to all college-sponsored activities and events, especially to classrooms and instruction. To receive accommodations for those situations, students are asked to provide documentation.

Documentation may be required to verify the need for certain services. Other times, further information from professional evaluations may be required to establish and explain the basis for requests. Information from health care and other providers is always useful for Student Access Services to review and understand the limitations disability as well as the diagnosis and reasonable accommodations.


At Ringling, students whose access to buildings, instruction or campus activities is limited by a disability are encouraged to meet with Student Access Services during the admissions process to understand what is reasonable to accommodate and what recent and developmentally appropriate documentation would be necessary.


Useful documents may include

• IEPs (individualized education plans) from high school
• 504 plans
• Psycho-educational or neuropsychological evaluations
• Letters from physicians or other providers about diagnosis, treatment and recommended services.
• Diagnostic reports and updates

Students and guardians with concerns about documentation or any other aspect of accommodation should contact the office of Student Access Services at SAS@ringling.edu.


Questions and concerns about accommodations should be reported to Student Access Services as soon as possible.
Students dissatisfied with accommodations may submit an appeal.
Students may also submit a complaint to the appropriate government agency.


Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Pat Mizak

Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Instructional Design Librarian


Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)


Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek
Circulation Assistant James Harrison


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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