How does the accommodation
Providing equal access is a university-wide responsibility in which Washington State faculty, staff, and students play important roles. The following guidelines help to clarify the different roles of those involved in the provision of accommodations and other services to students with disabilities.
What the student needs to do
- Complete and submit Disability Services Request form.
- Confirm that all required documentation has been received by the Assistant Director of Student Affairs and make an appointment to meet with Liz West to discuss accommodations and receive Letters of Accommodation.
- Promptly request accommodations as far in advance as possible so that the Student Affairs office can work with faculty, Assistive Technology, Alternative Print, and/or Testing/Notetaking Coordinators, and others to provide the most effective and timely accommodations in accordance with your needs.
- Provide a Letter of Accommodation to each instructor. Be willing to discuss your accommodation needs and academic concerns with your instructors as needed.
- Many instructors prefer to work closely with you and are genuinely interested in your success—communicate early and often!
- Check in with the Assistant Director if there are changes to your disability which may require updated documentation.
- Let her know as soon as possible about any concerns you may have about receiving your accommodations. She will work with you to clarify questions and resolve the matter in a timely way.
- Continue to meet with Liz at the beginning of each semester to inform her of any concerns or additional needs related to your accommodations and to receive your updated Accommodations Form.
What instructors need to do
- Work collaboratively with the student and the Student Affairs office to provide the approved accommodations, consistent with the Accommodations Form.
- Contact the Assistant Director if you feel additional accommodations may be needed, if you have questions about how to provide certain accommodations within your course format, or with any concerns you may have related to the process.
- Know the essential elements of a course or program, so that accommodations can be provided consistent with academic standards.
What WSU Spokane Student Affairs will do
- Provide clear information about what documentation is needed to ensure that each student is eligible for accommodations and that the documentation is complete.
- Help students identify and obtain reasonable accommodations.
- Update Accommodation Forms each semester for each student who receives accommodations and other services from the Office of Student Affairs.
- Maintain student information confidentially and sensitively, according to State and Federal privacy laws.
- Inform students when additional documentation is needed or has become outdated.
- Explore with students the impact of the disability and provide further information and/or referrals to other student services that might provide further assistance.
- Demonstrate professional respect, clear and timely communication, and courtesy in the provision of services to students, faculty and staff.
- Work collaboratively and positively with students and instructors to resolve questions, concerns and needs for accommodations in an expedient manner.
Asst Director, Student Affairs
Academic Center 130
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495