Student Rights & Responsibilities

Disclosure is Your Choice

Disability information is a private matter. You are not obligated to request services for a disability if you do not want to. It is important to think about the pros and cons of sharing your disability. Often, sharing a disability may create greater understanding and build a stronger relationship between you and a friend, a roommate, or an instructor. It also opens the door for you to get accommodations and find resources that may be helpful from DSS.

Students with approved accommodations will be given a Faculty Notification Letter to disperse to their instructors. DSS does not do this on students’ behalf.

Requesting Accommodations

A student with a disability is responsible for requesting accommodations through the Disability Support Services. D.S.S. does not seek students out. A student with a disability is also responsible for providing professional documentation of disability(s).

Accommodations are intended to assist college students with disabilities in having equal access to regular college programs and activities. Accommodations are determined individually for each student through an interactive process and are based on functional limitations resulting from a documented disability. Verifiable documentation must be provided by a medical doctor or appropriately licensed professional.

Rights & Responsibilities

Students with disabilities who are registered with D.S.S. shall:

  • In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, have equal access to regular college programs and activities.
  • Have all records maintained by DSS personnel pertaining to student with disabilities protected from disclosure.
  • Receive support, instruction, or borrow equipment which shall not preclude a student from also participating in any other course, program, or activity offered by the university
  • Be informed that participation by students with disabilities in Disability Support Services shall be entirely voluntary.
  • Renew their DSS documents annually.
  • Provide recent (within the past 3 years) documentation of a disability from a licensed professional, such as a doctor, school psychologist, or psychiatrist.
  • Use DSS in a responsible manner, adhering to written service provision policies and procedures.
  • Comply with the student code of conduct adopted by the university and all other applicable statutes/regulations related to student conduct.
  • Meet academic standards established by the university.

Communicating any problems with accommodations

Students must report to the D.S.S. office in a timely manner, regarding any problems that arise with respect to the provision of reasonable accommodations.

Alternate Book Formats and Book Receipts

In order to receive alternate formats for your textbooks, publishers are requesting that we collect the original receipt of purchase. You will be asked to provide receipts to Disability Support Services before you can receive alternate formats of your textbook

Email Communication

Disability Support Services uses email to communicate with students on many important matters. Email is often the only way some information is distributed, so it is important that you regularly check your university email address or forward mail from your WJU address to an address you check frequently. You are responsible for knowing — and, when appropriate, acting on — the contents of all university communications sent to your official WJU email account.

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