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 visual, print, or otherwise qualified disability are able to receive access to audio versions of required texts. 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.
(Copyright Law of U.S. Title 17 Section 121: Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, it is not an infringement of copyright for an authorized entity to reproduce or to distribute in the United States copies or phonorecords of a previously published literary work or of a previously published musical work that has been fixed in the form of text or notation if such copies or phonorecords are reproduced or distributed in accessible formats exclusively for use by eligible persons.) Students who qualify for and receive this accommodation shall not reproduce or distribute any titles that are shared with them for educational purposes, as doing so constitutes a copyright infringement.
- 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.