Students Accessing Miami (SAM)

Students Accessing Miami (SAM) is the online case management system for Disability Services and Rinella Learning Center. The following instructions should help you navigate this process.

Instructions for Students Accessing Miami (SAM)

Applying for Accommodations

Before applying for accommodations please have the following information: Miami University Unique ID, Miami University Banner ID Number and Disability Documentation.
  1. Go to the Students Accessing Miami (SAM) Home Page.
  2. Select the New Student Application option. You may be asked to sign into the Miami system if you are not already logged in. Enter your Miami Unique ID and Password.
  3. Complete and review the application.
  4. Select Submit Application.
  5. Next you will be prompted to upload documentation. If you do not have documentation select Upload Documentation Later and skip to step 8.
  6. If you have documentation to upload, enter the File Title as "last name, first name" and then select the file you would like to upload. Please Note: The file size must be less than 1MB. Please scan documents at 150DPI or smaller.
  7. Upload Documentation. Repeat steps 6 and 7 if you exceed 1MB for one file.
  8. You will receive confirmation of submission(s) to your Miami email account.
Student Disability Services staff will review your application and contact you regarding the next steps to apply for services.  Please contact Student Disability Services at 513-529-1541 or SDS@MiamiOH.edu with questions or to request assistance.

Requesting Accommodation Letters

  1. Go to the Students Accessing Miami (SAM) homepage.
  2. Select the Sign In option. You may be asked to sign into the Miami system if you are not already logged in. Please enter your Miami Unique ID and Password.
  3. Select List Accommodations under the My Accommodations section located on the left hand side of the screen.
    Quick TipIf you are eligible for testing accommodations (i.e., extra time, quiet room) you will select Alternative Testing as an accommodation.
  4. Review the Important Note section.
  5. Select all courses that you wish to request accommodations for in the section titled Step 1: Select Classes.
  6. Select Step 2 Continue to Customize Your Accommodations
  7. Select the accommodations you want to use for each class.
  8. Submit Your Accommodation Requests.

After you have submitted requests Student Disability Services will review and approve your requests. A Letter of Accommodation will be sent to your instructors. You can track the status of your request by visiting the List Accommodations page.

Please contact Student Disability Services at 513-529-1541 or SDS@MiamiOH.edu with questions or to request assistance.

Initiating Alternative Testing Contracts

Important Note: You will need to communicate with your instructor during office hours or email to gather the information needed to complete the contract. We strongly encourage you to discuss accommodations with course instructors as soon as possible after requesting your Letter of Accommodation. The contract is required to be able to schedule testing services.

  1. Go to the Students Accessing Miami (SAM) homepage.
  2. Select the Sign In option. You may be asked to sign into the Miami system if you are not already logged in. Please enter your Miami Unique ID and Password if prompted to do so.
  3. Select Alternative Testing under the My Accommodations section located on the left hand side of the screen.
  4. Select Submit Alternative Testing Contract on the upper right hand side of the screen.
  5. Select a class from the drop down menu located under Step 1—Select Your Class.
  6. Select Fall 2015 Testing Contract—Final located under Step 2—Select Alternative Testing Contract Type.
  7. Select Step 3—Continue to Fill Contract
  8. Complete the Alternative Testing Contract.

Complete a contract for all courses for which you have requested alternative testing accommodations. Your course instructor will receive e-mail confirmation of the completed contract. Please contact Student Disability Services at 513-785-3211 or muhods@MiamiOH.edu with questions or to request assistance.

Scheduling a Test in Disability Services

Important Reminders: Testing space should be requested at least 2 business days in advance. You must have a completed Alternative Testing Contract on file for the course you which to take an exam in before you will be able to schedule an exam.
  1. Go to the Students Accessing Miami (SAM) Home Page.
  2. Select the Sign In option. You may be asked to sign into the Miami system if you are not already logged in. Please enter your Miami Unique ID and Password if prompted to do so.
  3. Select Alternative Testing under the My Accommodations section located on the left hand side of the screen.
  4. Select the course that you have a test in from the drop down menu labeled Select Class under the Alternative Testing Contract section.
  5. Select Schedule an Exam.
  6. Complete the Exam Detail.
  7. Select Add Exam Request. Important Note: If you are submitting a late exam request then you will be prompted to complete a Late Exam Request section.

After you have submitted requests Student Disability Services will review and approve your requests. Your instructor will receive e-mail confirmation with instructions for exam submission after the request is approved.

Please contact Student Disability Services at 513-785-3211 or muhods@MiamiOH.edu with questions or to request assistance.

Completing the accommodation process each semester

Step 1: Request your faculty notification letters.

  • Go to Students Accessing Miami (SAM) Home Page.
  • Select the Sign In option. You may be asked to sign into the Miami system if you are not already logged in. Please enter your Miami Unique ID and Password if prompted to do so.
  • On your SAM Dashboard select List Accommodations (left side in gray menu bar).
  • Step 1: Select Classes: Select all courses that you wish to send letters to the instructors.
  • Select Step 2: Continue to Customize Your Accommodations, then select the accommodations you want to use for each class.
  • If you are eligible for testing accommodations, be sure to select Alternative Testing (the letters will specify your extra time for tests and any other testing accommodations).
  • Submit Your Accommodation Requests.
  • Discuss your accommodations with your instructors as soon as possible after classes start.

Step 2: For testing accommodations, complete aternative testing contract with each instructor.

  • Take your laptop to your appointment and open your SAM Dashboard (directions above, left side in gray menu bar), click Alternative Testing, then Submit Alternative Testing Contract in the upper right corner (above red arrow).
  • Select the instructor's course, click Fall 2015 Testing Contract, then answer the questions with your instructor.
  • Be sure to complete all relevant questions and then Submit Alternative Testing at the bottom of the contract. Now you are all set!

Extra tips:

  • To schedule tests at the Rinella Learning Center (RLC) Testing Center: Go to the Alternative Testing link on your SAM Dashboard, Select Class and then select Schedule An Exam. 
  • Remember to schedule tests at least 48 business hours before the test (we suggest much earlier). To call the RLC Testing Center: 513-529-8715.
  • Make the SAM sign-in page a favorite, so it is easy to find again. 
  • We suggest you let all of your instructors know about all of your accommodations, but it is your choice. This is especially recommended for all academic classes for a letter grade. 
  • You can view copies of the Faculty Notification letters by clicking the pdf link on the List Accommodations page.
  • You can confirm your accommodations on the SAM Dashboard by clicking My Eligibility (this will specify your alternative testing accommodations).
  • Have your course schedule handy (on your phone or open on your laptop) when you are discussing your extra time with your instructors. It helps to sort out when you can arrange to take your tests.
  • When meeting with your instructors, have your personal planner handy and be sure to discuss the dates and times of your finals and work out any conflicts created by your extra testing time.

If you need assistance, call our office at 513-529-1541.