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Accessibility Services for Students

Accessibility Services is a branch of Wofford College Wellness Center, located in the Hugh R. Black Building, across from Marsh and Greene Residence Halls. Staff is available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist students who need accommodations based on a diagnosed disability.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your individual needs go to this link Book Here, or contact The Wellness Center at 597-4370.

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

In accordance with the provisions of Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Wofford College seeks to provide disabled students with reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the college.

Support for students with special needs is coordinated through Wofford College Wellness Center/ Accessibility Services. A student with a disability must submit proper documentation to the college. A staff member will then talk with the individual student to discuss recommended accommodations. Since arrangements for reasonable accommodations may require significant time for preparation, students who have been admitted to the college and who wish to request special services should contact Perry Henson, Director of Counseling and Accessibility Services (address below) as soon as possible after admission. Information will be sent on the services offered to students.

Students with disabilities who seek accommodations from Wofford College must present current documentation from a certified professional. Guidelines for acceptable documentation are defined online (Guide to Accessibility Services at the Menu to the left) or may be obtained from Accessibility Services. All information pertaining to a student’s disability is confidential and will not be released without the written permission of the student. After a review of the documentation and a meeting with the student, an appropriate and supportive plan will be outlined for the student.

Accommodations, determined on an individual basis, are designed to meet the student’s needs without fundamentally altering the nature of the college’s instructional programs. Request for accommodations can be made in the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Housing
  • Meal Plan
  • Parking

Additional information regarding services is available by contacting:
Perry Henson
Director of Counseling and Accessibility Services
(864) 597-4373
hensonpv@wofford.edu 

REQUESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

Unlike high school, college students need to self-disclose their disability in order to receive accommodations. The student should visit the Student tab on myWofford to begin the process.  A channel labeled “Request Accommodations” will take the student through the step-by-step process, which includes providing the diagnosis to be accommodated and supporting documentation.  Accessibility Services staff will meet individually with students whose accommodations are approved to discuss the facilitation of those accommodations.  Accessibility Services staff work with appropriate campus divisions to facilitate the provision of accommodations.

 

DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES

  • Documentation should be recent (preferably within three years for LD and ADHD, six months for others) in order to assess the current impact on academic functioning.
  • Documentation must be comprehensive and establish clear evidence of a significant impact on the student’s functioning.
  • Documentation must be relevant to requested accommodations.
  • Documentation must be from a medical or other appropriately licensed professional.
  • Please refer to specific guidelines for each type of disability.
  • Please note that a student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan is not sufficient documentation for academic accommodations given in college.
  • If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation(s), the college has the discretion to require additional documentation.

 

PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS

Wofford students desiring academic accommodations must follow this procedure to ensure the accommodations are individual­ized for each course. It is necessary to review the plan each semester in order to be sure the accommodations are appropriate. For this reason, all requests for accommodation must be done in a timely manner.

  • Student must request accommodations through myWofford and submit documentation as outlined above. Staff will review request and documentation.
  • Once approved, student will be directed to make an appointment with Accessibility Services to discuss accommodations and determine a supportive plan for the semester.
  • Student will be given access to notify instructors of academic accommodations through myWofford.
  • Student must schedule a time to meet with each instructor to discuss how accommodations will be handled for that particular course.
  • Instructor will document the meeting in order to ensure provision of accommodations in the course.
  • Student will be responsible for notifying and meeting with instructors each term during which the student wishes to receive approved accommodations.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Disability documentation is maintained in the Wellness Center. Accessibility Services is responsible for maintaining confidentiali­ty of student records and may not release any part of the documentation without the student’s informed written consent. All dis­ability records are kept separate from the student’s academic record and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administration, parents or other students. It must be noted that under the Family Educational Rights Protection Act (FERPA), certain administra­tors in the Student Affairs Department are permitted access to this information in cases when appeals are made. 


MEET WITH OUR STAFF

Students are encouraged to meet with Accessibility Services staff to discuss any questions or find out more about accessing accommodations at Wofford.  Please visit the Wellness Center website (www.wofford.edu/wellnesscenter) or the main channel of myWofford to make an online appointment for an “Accessibility Services Consultation” or call the Wellness Center at 864-597-4370.