Center for Student Success and Disability Services
Center for Student Success at Waynesburg University
The Center for Student Success is a network of student-centered campus resources designed to provide supplemental assistance and support to Waynesburg University students. Housed in the Eberly Library, the Center for Student Success includes:
- Accommodations for students with disabilities
- Peer tutoring
- The Waynesburg University Writing Center
- Academic mentoring
The Center strives to aid students with their academic coursework and to develop and/or strengthen fundamental academic skills to equip students for current and future success.
University Disability Contact Personnel
Director of the Center for Student Success and Disability Services
Bottom Floor of Eberly Library
Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations are encouraged to contact the Director of Disability Services at (724) 852-3317 or extension 317. Students are encouraged to contact the office as soon as possible to better ensure a timely review of their request.
Waynesburg University Disability Services Procedures
General Procedures for Requesting Accommodation
Students requesting accommodations must contact the Disability Services Office and present appropriate documentation of a disability. Documentation must be current, in most cases within three (3) years of the date of the request, and must be submitted by a qualified practitioner. All reports should be formally prepared on letterhead, typed, dated, signed, and otherwise legible.
Documentation of a student’s disability should include :
- a diagnostic statement of disability, including the date of the most recent evaluation;
- the current impact of (or limitations imposed by) the student’s disability;
- treatments, medications, devices or services currently prescribed or used to minimize the impact of the condition; and
- the expected duration, stability or progression of the disability.
In addition to the basic documentation listed above, recommendations from the treating professional are welcome and will be given consideration in evaluating a request. Recommendations should:
- Provide a clear description of the recommended accommodation.
- Connect the recommended accommodation to the impact of the disability.
- Provide possible alternatives to the recommended accommodation.
- Include a statement of the level of need for (or consequences of not receiving) the recommended accommodation.
The Director of Disability Services will verify the disability and determine how the functional limitations claimed will affect academic work. This is accomplished through discussion with the student and review of the documentation. Students with insufficient documentation may be referred outside of the University for complete assessment before an accommodation is granted. Costs for assessment are the responsibility of the student.
After the disability and its functional limitations are verified, the Director of Disability Services will provide the student with information about the various reasonable accommodations that address the student’s functional limitations. Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the documented disability. No one particular accommodation must be granted if the University determines that it is not reasonable, is unduly burdensome, and/or that other suitable accommodations are available.
The student and the Director of Disability Services will complete an Accommodations Request Form for each course in which the student is requesting an accommodation. The student is required to present the Accommodations Request Form to the instructor(s) of the course in which the accommodation is requested. The student and the instructor(s) will discuss the accommodation requested and decide how it will best be accomplished. The instructor(s) must sign the Accommodations Request Form, and the student must return it to the Director of Disability Services before an accommodation will be approved.
Policy Statement on Access and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
Waynesburg University provides equal opportunities to qualified students with disabilities admitted through our regular admissions process. A student with a disability is defined, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, as “any person who has a physical or mental impairment, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities.”
Waynesburg University is a competitive educational institution that provides a challenging academic environment. All applicants, including students with disabilities, must follow the procedures outlined in the University’s Application Form. There is no separate application or application process for students with disabilities. Admitted students are strongly advised to contact the Director of Disability Services at 724/852-3317 or x317 as soon as they decide to attend the University, if they plan to request accommodations.
The University promotes self-disclosure and self-advocacy for students with disabilities, recognizing that students with disabilities have the legal right and responsibility to present requests for reasonable accommodation directly to faculty and administrators. Every student with a disability must:
- Meet the University's qualifications and essential technical, academic, and institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities.
- Identify themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking a reasonable accommodation.
- Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the need for a specific accommodation.
- Follow specific procedures for obtaining a reasonable and appropriate accommodation.
- Provide for personal independent living needs or any other disability-related need that must be satisfied regardless of attendance at Waynesburg University.
The University will make the ultimate determination of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation after reviewing a student’s request and documentation. In reaching this determination the University may:
- Maintain its academic standards.
- Request current documentation from a student completed by an appropriate professional resource to verify the need for a reasonable accommodation.
- Discuss a student's need for reasonable accommodation with the professional source of his/her documentation following authorization by the student.
- Select among equally effective, appropriate and reasonable accommodations available.
- Deny a request for accommodation(s) if the documentation does not identify a specific disability and/or the documentation fails to verify the need for the accommodation(s).
- Refuse to provide an accommodation that is inappropriate or unreasonable, including any that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others, constitute a substantial change or alteration to an essential element of a course or program, or pose undue burden on the University.
- Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities.
The University reserves the right to make educational decisions about what are the most reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. The Disability Services Office will assist students with disabilities in preparing their requests for accommodation and will work closely with students’ faculty advisors and instructors in order to provide coordinated academic support.
The University will, within the spirit of reasonable accommodation, modify facilities and programs for students with physical disabilities to meet their individual needs on a case-by-case basis. Although not all facilities and programs are accessible, students with physical disabilities can expect classes or activities to be moved to accessible buildings, to have adaptive learning environments created, and/or to have auxiliary equipment allowed on an individual basis and in a manner reasonable for both the student and the University.
The University is committed to ensuring that information regarding a student’s disability remain as confidential as possible. Any information regarding a disability provided by medical or psychological evaluations and/or documents shall be considered confidential, maintained in a separate file with limited access, and shared only on a need-to-know basis. Students must grant permission to the Director of Disability Services to discuss their disability with University faculty, administrators or tutors.
Pre-Admission Counseling Policy
Applicants to the University may choose to disclose and identify themselves as students with disabilities prior to admission. This disclosure will have no influence on the student’s application for admission. Disclosure of disability prior to admission may only be for the purpose of meeting with the Director of Disability Services to discuss general services available at the University for students with disabilities.