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DISABILITY RESOURCES

WSU Spokane takes seriously its responsibility to offer educational and professional opportunities equitably to qualified persons. When institutional barriers are eliminated, students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to be successful through their own efforts. This is accomplished through the collaboration of the Office of Student Affairs, students, faculty, staff, and other university and community offices. Reasonable accommodations ensure that students are able to access and participate in opportunities available at
WSU Spokane.

HOW DOES THE ACCOMMODATION PROCESS WORK?

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 (pdf) »
  • 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.

DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES

Students seeking support services from Washington State University Spokane on the basis of any disability are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility.

Complete documentation verifies the existence of the disabling condition; discusses the functional limitation; and describes the effect of the disability on the individual's ability to access the educational process

Disability documentation and related information will be kept in a separate file in the Student Affairs office. The student is responsible for providing this documentation, including any associated cost.

Details on documentation needs based on disability type:

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SYLLABUS STATEMENT

We are an institution of higher education and have a responsibility to inform students with disabilities about the process of accessing reasonable accommodations. The Students with Disabilities syllabus statement is an important part of fulfilling that institutional responsibility, therefore we ask that all teaching faculty include it in every syllabus.

WSU Spokane statement

Students with disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and may need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please contact Liz West, Associate Director of Student Affairs, in Academic Center 130 (liz.west@wsu.edu or 509-358-7534).

Multiple campus statement

If you are teaching a course on multiple campuses, please use the following statement:

Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. All accommodations must be approved through your WSU Disability Services office. If you have a disability and need accommodations, we recommend that you begin the process as soon as possible. For more information, contact a Disability Specialist on your home campus.

TESTING ROOM POLICIES & PROCEDURES

The university is legally mandated to provide access to all of its programs and services. As part of that responsibility, we provide testing accommodations for some students with disabilities. Accommodations are provided so that you have a more accurate measure of the student’s achievement. Only students with documented disabilities who have been approved for testing accommodations for the semester are eligible to use these testing services.

The Student Affairs office can provide a testing room for students with disabilities who require such accommodations, or an instructor may provide testing accommodations for students in their classroom or office.

What students need to do

  • Bring faculty their Accommodation Form to sign at the beginning of each term.
  • Submit a Test Request (pdf) to Liz West at least three business days in advance of each test OR submit a copy of each syllabus at the beginning of each term, so testing rooms may be scheduled.
  • Inform faculty that they will be taking the test in the Student Affairs testing room.

Ask faculty to email the test to liz.west@wsu.edu or deliver the test to Liz West (SAC 130A).

What instructors need to do

  • Sign the student’s Accommodation Form indicating that you are aware of their accommodations.
  • If the student is testing in the Student Affairs testing room, send a copy of the exam via email (liz.west@wsu.edu) or hand deliver to SAC 130A.
  • Fill out Faculty Testing Room Instructions (Word) for each exam and include them with the test/exam.
  • Arrange for alternate test day and times as necessary. See “Scheduling Tests” below.

What the Student Affairs office will do

  • Begin and end the test according to the specific instructions of faculty and the student’s approved accommodations. Make sure that the Faculty Testing Room Instructions are followed.
  • Hold for pick up or deliver the completed test according to your instructions.
  • Students may not deliver completed exams.

Scheduling a test

Students are expected to test in the Student Affairs testing room at the same time the rest of the class is testing unless faculty have arranged an alternate date or time with the student and indicated the alternate date or time on the proctoring instructions. The testing room is available during business hours (7:30 am to 5:00 pm). If you have questions about procedures or if you need assistance determining the best way to provide approved accommodations for a student, please call Liz West at 358-7534.

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CONTACT US

Liz West
Associate Director, Student Affairs
Telephone: 509-358-7534
Fax: 509-358-7538
liz.west@wsu.edu

Academic Center 130
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495