Information for Students
As a student, you have the right to:
- Equal access to courses, programs, Services, activities and facilities offered through the College
- Equal opportunity to learn and receive reasonable accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids and Services
- Information available in accessible formats
As a student, you have the responsibility to:
- Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, Services, activities, and facilities
- Identify themselves as individuals with disabilities when requesting an accommodation and seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary
- Document disability according to established guidelines
- Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids and Services
- Uphold Wofford College’s Honor Code and abide by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. (Any actions that compromise academic integrity or the Code will be referred to the Dean of Students and/or the Provost for appropriate disciplinary action.)
Prospective Students (Non-registered)
Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations for academics, housing, meal plans, parking, and/or facilities should refer to the procedures below:
- Visit the “Student” tab on myWofford and begin the process by accessing the “Request Accommodations” channel
- Fill out request form with all applicable information
- Submit documentation (see guidelines) and electronically sign Consent for Reciprocal Release of Information
If a barrier exists that prevents a student from following this process, Accessibility Services staff will assist the student if notified by email or appointment.
Review by Accessibility Services
- Allow reasonable time (up to three weeks in most cases) for Accessibility Services to review documentation
- Accessibility Services staff will determine whether documentation meets criteria for approval
- Additional documentation may be requested, or the request may be denied*. If a request is denied, students will receive detailed comments as to why the request is denied. * Students may appeal the decision per the “Grievance Procedures” listed within this guide.
- If the request is approved, the student will be directed to make an appointment with Accessibility Services to discuss how to access approved accommodation(s)
- If documentation is insufficient, the student will receive specific comments about documentation needed for approval
Accessing Approved Accommodations (Registered students)
After academic accommodations are approved and the student meets with Accessibility Services staff, students are advised to do the following:
- Students will use myWofford to choose the specific accommodations they wish to communicate to their faculty and which faculty should be notified
- In order to access accommodations, students must meet with each of their faculty to discuss the testing and academic accommodations that they anticipate needing for each class. Faculty are not required to provide accommodations if this meeting does not occur.
- Repeat this process for each term of enrollment that the accommodations are desired
- Communicate with Accessibility Services regarding their academic and personal progress
Letter of Accommodations
To access accommodations on campus, students will use the myWofford system to notify their professors of accommodations- no letter is necessary. For students studying abroad or applying to graduate school, the students may need verification of accommodations from Accessibility Services. To obtain a letter, students can visit the student tab on myWofford , select “Manage Accommodations” under Accessibility Services Accommodations, and then select the gold box labeled “Accommodations PDF”. Students can save the PDF and send to relevant parties.
Overview of Accommodations
Below is a list of common academic accommodations. The list is not substantive. Students will be assessed individually and will be provided accommodations based on their specific needs.
Extended Time (With or Without Low-Distraction Environment)
Students may be approved for 1.5 or 2 times the standard allotted time to complete tests, quizzes, and in-class written assignments. In many cases, the student will also be approved for testing in a low-distraction environment, which provides a space with limited external stimuli that may distract a student while testing. Students can be approved for extended time with or without a low-distraction environment. These accommodations can be provided by instructors (in a classroom or in a private office) or through Accessibility Services’ Alternate Testing Site. All tests administered in the Testing Room are video monitored and available to instructors upon request for a limited time.
Students approved for lecture notes as an accommodation will work directly with their instructor to obtain copies of notes, if feasible. Notes and PowerPoints may also be available to all students on Moodle. If a professor does not use notes or formalized print material, they will not be required by Accessibility Services to create material.
Use of Computer in Class
Students approved to use a computer in class may use this accommodation to take notes, complete in-class writing assignments, and type answers for tests and quizzes. Students are responsible for providing their own computers and utilizing them for the intended purpose as an accommodation.
Students who need to access a computer that is not able to connect to the internet for testing purposes may do so by checking one out from Accessibility Services on a first come basis.
Permission to Record Lectures
Students who are approved to record class lectures as an accommodation must sign the Lecture Recording Agreement under the “Accommodations” in myWofford .
Students who have a chronic condition or disability that may require unexpected or extended absences may be approved for modified attendance as a reasonable accommodation.
Students will meet with a staff member in the Wellness Center to discuss how the medical team can assist the student when they experience a flare-up. The Wellness Center will send out an absence-related Starfish notification to faculty when appropriate.
Students with this approved accommodation will work with Accessibility Services each semester to access this accommodation. An Accessibility Services staff member will create a plan based on communication with the student and faculty member and review of the course syllabus to ensure that absences will not fundamentally alter course requirements.
Students who are approved for an accommodation of priority registration will receive early access to class registration. Like any other accommodation, priority registration is reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Priority registration is an accommodation that is granted to students whose disability substantially impacts their ability to participate in the registration process at the same level as students without a disability and for those students who have a significant health and medical conditions which impact their registration.
Foreign Language Waiver
Students who receive this accommodation are required to take two additional Cultures & Peoples courses for a total of three Cultures & Peoples courses. Accessibility Services will communicate this accommodation to the Registrar. Changes will be made in DegreeWorks to reflect an approved foreign language waiver accommodation.
After housing accommodations are approved and the student meets with Accessibility Services, Residence Life will be notified of the specific accommodation(s) approved. The student will then work directly with Residence Life to finalize room assignments.
Meal Plan Exemptions
Requests for accommodations related to dietary restrictions or meal plan exemptions will be reviewed by Accessibility Services. Students will be advised to speak with the AVI staff about their specific needs and whether dining Services can accommodate them. If a meal plan exemption is approved, Accessibility Services will communicate the exemption with the Business Office.
Handicapped parking permits are available through Accessibility Services. These permits do not eliminate the need for a student to have a regular parking permit for his/her vehicle. Students must complete a request through myWofford and submit documentation unless the student possesses an official handicapped-parking permit issued by a county/state. The documentation should include the timeframe for which the permit is being requested. When a Temporary Handicap Permit is issued to a student, the student must place it on the driver’s side of the front dashboard. A copy of the temporary parking permit will be sent to the Campus Safety Office for College records.
Staff members in Accessibility Services and Academic Affairs may organize classroom locations to accommodate students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Students must take the following steps:
- Notify Accessibility Services of their facilities accessibility needs three weeks prior to the start of each academic term or as soon as the need for accommodation arises.
- Provide information regarding the need for modification/identification of any of the following:
- Desks or tabletops
- Stairs and/or elevators
- Specific college buildings
- Lactation room
Changes in Accommodation Needs
Students have the right to request additional accommodations or adjustments to current accommodations during the course of the semester or at any time during their enrollment at Wofford College. If an adjustment in accommodations is necessary, the student should take the following steps:
- Visit the accommodations portal on myWofford to submit documentation to substantiate requests for new accommodations.
- Allow at least three weeks for the coordination and provision of new accommodations or modifications to existing accommodations.