Special Accommodations

All accommodations are determined individually for each student through an interactive process and are based on functional limitations resulting from a documented disability. Some accommodations have additional requirements to be approved.

  • Audio books

This accommodation is available to ensure that students who have a functional limitation due to a print disability are able to receive access to audio versions of books. Students requesting this accommodation need to provide their book list, including: title, author, ISBN number to DSS. DSS searches their subscription service first (no cost to students). Students will need to provide receipts for titles not available through subscription service in order to receive access to audio versions.

  • Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

Emotional Support Animals (E.S.A.) are an accommodation for approved residential students. These animals are allowed under Fair Housing Act (FHA) laws and are permitted only in the residential living and designated outdoor care areas. E.S.A.s are a housing accommodation. Students who have been given a housing accommodation letter must take it to the Housing Office in Student life prior to bringing animal into campus housing.

  • Extended Time on Assignments

Time extensions are intended to ensure DSS students have as much time as peers to complete assignments and that a student is not penalized for late submissions due to exacerbation of their disability, which can be unpredictable and unavoidable in spite of ongoing health and time management behaviors. Amount of extra time is specific to the amount of time that was missed and that can be documented by the treating facility. This accommodation is temporary in nature and never offered as a blanket accommodation.

  • Food Allergies/sensitivities

WJU has a legal right to require an on-campus student to buy a meal plan. DSS cannot cancel a meal plan contract. The first thing the DSS office does when a student discloses a food sensitivity is to direct them to Bon Appetit. Bon Appetit likes to work individually with students in these cases.

From the Bon Appetit website: Bon Appétit takes food allergies very seriously. We are careful to train our staff on food allergy awareness issues, but because of the complexities of food allergies, we prefer to work individually with you on your specific dietary needs. Our onsite chef and/or manager will meet with you individually to develop a plan that may include special menu items, ingredient identification, special preparation and communication to necessary staff to ensure that you can eat safely. You may also use our corporate registered dietitian as a resource for food allergies

If the student has met with the Caf staff and attempted to eat as directed for their condition, and has not seen success, they may complete the 3 part DSS intake process and request an accommodation. The accommodations DSS can request for this are 1) a commuter contract or 2) an on-campus apartment housing assignment, so that the student may prepare their own food, and also purchase the lowest cost meal plan.

NOTE: If apartment housing is not available, the housing department will offer the student a commuter contract as an alternative accommodation.

  • Note takers

This accommodation is available to ensure that students who have a functional limitation which impacts their ability to take lecture notes are able to receive accurate notes. Many instructors provide lecture notes in Moodle via Google Slides, which reduces the need for note taking accommodations. When this is doesn’t meet the need, DSS has Smartpens available for students to checkout. When a Smartpen does not fit the need, note takers are solicited in class on a volunteer basis, but cannot be guaranteed.