How do I go about using the services offered by Disability Support Services?
In order to receive classroom or housing accommodations, you will need to complete our three part application process.
- Complete intake form (either online or in person). Our intake form includes: Disability Support Services application, Student Information Form , and FERPA release of information.
- Submit documentation of disability(s). May be physically mailed, emailed, or brought in to D.S.S. by hand at initial intake appointment.
- Meet with Disability Support Services staff to decide on accommodations, and complete and/or sign paperwork. Appointments can be made on the Scheduler, or at the front desk of the Learning Commons (to the right of the stairs in the WJU library).
What is the submission process for a documented disability?
You will need recent (within the past 3 years) documentation of a disability from a licensed professional, such as a doctor, school psychologist, or psychiatrist. Documentation must include the following in order to be accepted by Disability Support Services: your name, the specific name or your disability (D.S.M. code when appropriate) and must be completed on the treating professional’s letterhead.
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Physical Mail: WJU Library-Disability Support Services, 2121 University Ave, Rocklin, CA 95765
Are provisional accommodations available for students without current documentation of a disability?
Provisional academic accommodations are available to students who do not have current documents verifying a disability; however, provisional accommodations are only offered for 30 days. In order to have your accommodations continue, you must submit appropriate verification documenting a disability. You will need recent (within the past 3 years) documentation of a disability from a licensed professional, such as a doctor, school psychologist, or psychiatrist. Documentation must include the following in order to be accepted by Disability Support Services: your name, the specific name or your disability (D.S.M. code when appropriate) and must be completed on the treating professional’s letterhead.
What should I know when applying to William Jessup University? Are there any special procedures for students with disabilities?
Students with disabilities must apply to WJU through the regular admissions procedure. There are no special admissions procedures for students with disabilities.
What should I do if I suspect I have a disability and want to receive accommodations?
If you suspect you have a disability that is impacting your academic performance, an appointment should be scheduled with a member of the Disability Support Services staff to discuss your potential need for services and academic accommodations.
I received special education I.E.P. or 504 services in high school. How are these services different in college?
There are differences between an I.E.P./504 (high school) and 504/ADA (college). One of the most significant differences is that there is no longer an I.E.P. process in college. However, if you have a documented disability, you may choose to provide appropriate documentation to Disability Support Services and request academic accommodations. Students must self-identify in college, meaning it is the student’s responsibility to seek accommodations. If a student does not request academic accommodations, the college is not held liable. Another difference is that no fundamental alterations to course curriculum can be made, meaning any accommodation a student receives cannot change the core curriculum of a course.
If I am a student with a disability, will Disability Support Services seek me out to provide services like my counselors did in high school?
No. In college, students with disabilities are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and under the Americans with Disabilities Act. IDEA (I.E.P. laws) no longer apply. Since this is the case, the legal obligations change. There is no special education in college. Colleges do not have to seek out students with disabilities. It is the student’s responsibility to seek out services through Disability Support Services.
What role do my parents play in the process?
Students who are 18 years old or older are legally recognized as adults. In this case, the student is responsible for their own accommodation requests and disability-related decisions. However, students are encouraged to have an open dialogue with their parents. Parents can be a wonderful source of support.
I have a physical disability and have trouble getting around. What types of accommodations are geared just for me?
WJU is committed to ensuring equal access to regular programs and classes for students with disabilities. Disability Support Services partners with Facilities to maintain a current listing of all building accessibility information. WJU is committed to improving accessibility and is always in the process of researching, augmenting and updating campus to this end. The chapel warehouse now has designated handicap and companion seating. Handicap parking is available between the dorm and apartment buildings as well as on the west side of campus near the chapel warehouse.
I suspect I have a learning disability. Can Disability Support Services conduct the assessment to provide a diagnosis?
Colleges are not required to conduct or provide testing. The student is responsible for providing current documentation, and any additional testing to support the requested accommodations, if necessary. However, Disability Support Services may be able to provide referral information for local evaluators.
Programs for Individuals with Autism
WJU does not have a program specifically for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The application process is the same for all students when applying to the university. However, the university now has an Academic and Social Coaching group that is open to any student, but is designed around the unique needs of students on the Autism Spectrum. If you are interested in applying to the university or have been recently accepted, please take the time to meet with Disability Support Services to discuss what academic accommodations are available for all students with documented disabilities.
How is confidentiality of a student’s record statues maintained through the department?
All Disability Support Services files are locked and only accessed by Disability Support Services staff. No information is released without your permission. With permission from you, Disability Support Services staff may discuss services and/or educational limitations with your instructor.
Does WJU waive course and/or requirements for students with disabilities?
WJU does not waive course requirements or graduation requirements for students with disabilities. University faculty and staff cannot change the core curriculum of a course.
All I need is test proctoring assistance; do I still need to sign up for Disability Support Services services?
No. Test proctoring is available to all WJU students. All tests are proctored in a distraction-reduced setting. Students needing test accommodations due to a documented disability acquire them by registering with Disability Support Services.