Students complete an Accommodations Request Form and provide supporting documentation from a licensed professional.
A written narrative must be submitted on letterhead. Please be sure to include information specific to this student and not a generic statement concerning the diagnosis. This written report can be brief but must adequately support each accommodation recommended and must include:
- What procedures were used to assess/diagnose the impairment (include test instruments, subtest scores, etc.);
- A full description of the current difficulties and functional limitations in an educational setting;
- Information about how medication and/or other corrective measures may correct the impairment. Please include whether or not accommodations will be needed when utilizing medication or other corrective measures;
- Activities or situations that should be avoided or would present a current significant risk of serious injury or death for this student or others;
- Whether this student is currently a danger to himself / herself or others (Explain);
- A clear and convincing rationale for each requested accommodation based on the degree of impact of the impairment and the resulting functional limitations.
A Comprehensive Psychological Report may suffice as the only needed documentation.
The Director will make the final determination about the adequacy of disability documentation. All documentation is kept confidential. Once a decision has been made, students are contacted via university email. Accommodations are not retroactive and may not fundamentally alter the essential criteria of a course or program.
Each student is expected to make timely and appropriate disclosures and written requests for accommodations. Each student shall be encouraged to seek funding for specialized support services through external agencies.
(Note: WSSU does not provide funds for items such as transportation to and from the institution, tuition, textbooks, hearing aids, or other individually prescribed devices.)
Some types of documentation are INSUFFICIENT:
- IEP (Individual Educational Plans) and 504 Plans, although providing information about a student’s educational experiences, are not sufficient documentation to deem the student eligible for services and accommodations at this level.
- Documentation consisting only of a diagnosis, case or chart notes, and/or prescription notations is insufficient to qualify students for services and accommodations.
In cases where the documentation is incomplete, students will be required to submit additional information.