If a student with a disability wishes to receive an accommodation, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services and request an accommodation by submitting the Disability Services Request Form. The student must provide current documentation from a qualified licensed professional as soon as possible prior to when accommodations are desired. The documentation should include the specific diagnosis attributing to the disability, how the diagnosis was determined, and the effects the disability will have on the student's collegiate life. Students may request a Wesleyan College Disability Services Verification Form on which a licensed professional can provide this information. Accommodation requests can be made at any time. The approval and implementation of accommodations takes time.
If the submitted documentation meets the requirements, the Coordinator of Disability Resources will approve reasonable accommodations and notify the student of this approval. If the documentation does not meet the requirements, the Coordinator of Disability Resources will inform the student that additional information or contact with the medical professional is required. Once approval of the accommodation request has been obtained from the Coordinator of Disability Resources, the student is expected to identify herself and present the documentation provided by Disability Resources to the appropriate staff or faculty member as soon as possible. The student is then expected to meet with the appropriate staff or faculty member to determine how accommodations will be administered. The student will then return the paperwork to Disability Resources in order to finalize the accommodations.
Accommodations that decrease the integrity of a course or program or cause an undue burden will not be approved. Accommodations will not be granted retroactively. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis according to specific student needs. To continue to be considered for academic accommodations, a student must request services each semester. Other accommodation requests must be made annually. A student who feels as though they have been denied a reasonable accommodation or is dissatisfied with the determination that they are not eligible as an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, may appeal in writing following this process using the Process for Appealing Decisions by the Office of Disability Services.
For questions or more information please contact Jill Amos, director of disability and advocacy services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (478) 757-3800.
All decisions regarding a request for reasonable accommodation will be communicated to the student in writing. If the request for an accommodation is denied, the student has the right to appeal that decision using the appeal process listed below.
A student who feels as though they have been denied a reasonable accommodation or is dissatisfied with the determination that they are not eligible as an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, may appeal in writing within (5) working days of notification of the denial to the Dean of Students who will serve as the Chair of the ADA Appeals committee. The ADA Appeals committee will consist of the Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Academic Resource Center and two faculty members appointed by the chair. The chair will schedule a hearing to include interviews with the student and Director for Disability and Advocacy Services. The ADA Appeals committee will make a decision and provide the student with a copy of the decision in writing within (5) working days of the conclusion of the hearing. The decision of the ADA Appeals committee is final.