Waynesburg University provides equal opportunities to qualified students with disabilities admitted in the regular admissions process. We're happy to accommodate your needs through our established disability policies and procedures.
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Organizationally, Disability Services is part of Waynesburg University's Pathways Center. Disability Services staff collaborate closely with colleagues in Pathways and other University offices to help connect registered students with different types of support.
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Disability Services Eligibility Process
Step 1: Self-disclose disability and request accommodations
To establish that the individual is a qualified individual with a disability and receive accommodations, students must self-disclose their disability to Disability Services. The University does not assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to applicants or students who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability or requested accommodations.
Students may begin this process by completing the Disability Accommodation Request Form. When possible, documentation may be attached to this form.
Step 2: Submit documentation
In order to evaluate reasonable accommodation requests, the Disability Services Coordinator will need information about how the disability is likely to impact the applicant in participating in the application process and/or the student while they are participating in Waynesburg University’s programs, activities and services. Criteria for the source, scope, and content of documentation differs by disability and the nature of the requested accommodations. Documentation should be current and up-to-date, typically three years old or less. If disability symptomatology varies significantly over time, Disability Services may request more recent documentation. Please note that occasionally, Disability Services staff may request further documentation or consultation with a student’s provider to evaluate an accommodation request.
For students requesting academic accommodations, the University will generally accept the following forms of documentation:
- Recent (within three years) copies of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans that include a diagnosis (please note that accommodations in the post-secondary setting are likely to differ from those granted in K-12) are often appropriate to establish academic accommodations.
- Full psycho-educational evaluations prepared by licensed psychologists.
- Typed, dated, signed letters from appropriately credentialed providers who do not have a personal relationship with the student. Documentation should identify:
- Diagnosis/disability; The date of diagnosis and/or most recent assessment, and a description of the diagnostic methodology used;
- Severity and likely duration of the impairment (if temporary);
- Functional limitations related to the diagnosis/disability;
- Current treatments, medications, devices, or services;
- Recommended accommodations (please note that, while provider recommendations are considered, the University reserves the right to approve or deny specific accommodation requests);
- Disability Verification Information Request Forms completed by appropriately credentialed providers who do not have a personal relationship with the student.
For housing accommodations, including requests for assistance animals, it is recommended that the student submit the appropriate Disability Services Information Request Form completed by appropriately credentialed providers who do not have a personal relationship with the student. Further information about acceptable documentation for housing accommodations can be found within the University’s Housing Accommodation and Assistance Animal policies.
Housing Accommodation Policy
Documentation may be attached to the Disability Accommodation Request Form or delivered to the Disability Services Coordinator in person or via email, mail, or fax at the contact provided below. Specific questions about appropriate documentation may be directed to the Disability Services Coordinator.
Sarah Feldberg, Disability Services Coordinator
Knox Learning Center, Eberly Library
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
51 West College Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone – 724-852-7727
Fax – 412-218-3705
Step 3: Attend an intake meeting
The intake meeting is a critical step toward determining eligibility for most accommodations. Once a student has completed and submitted their Disability Accommodation Request Form and appropriate documentation, the Disability Services Coordinator will contact the student to schedule a day/time to meet. The purpose of the meeting is to learn first-hand, from the student, what functional limitations the student experiences and what reasonable accommodations are likely to meet the student’s needs most effectively. Further, the intake meeting provides important opportunities for education about using reasonable accommodations in the university setting.
After the intake meeting, students can expect to receive written follow up about their approved accommodations, and accommodation information will be distributed to professors for the first semester of enrollment or communicated to other relevant campus stakeholders (e.g., Residence Life staff). Students are encouraged to discuss implementation of accommodations with all professors at the start of each semester. The Disability Services Coordinator can provide support and guidance about appropriate faculty communication to incoming students as desired.
Step 4: Renewal of Academic Accommodations
Students are responsible for renewing academic accommodations for each semester of enrollment at Waynesburg University. The Disability Services Coordinator sends written reminders and instructions for renewal of academic accommodations via University email before each semester begins. Accommodations will not be shared with faculty without the student’s indication of intent to renew.
Additionally, renewal of residential accommodations is required annually. All students with previously approved residential accommodations will receive timely written reminders and instructions for renewal of residential accommodations. Students who do not respond to communications related to renewal of accommodations will not have their accommodations automatically renewed.
Disability Services Policies
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 Disability Services Office 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 Disability Services Office to discuss general services available at the University for students with disabilities.
Learn more about services available through the Pathways Center below.