Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Disability Services located?

The Office of Disability Services is located in Speert Hall 134 (formerly Wayne Hall). If driving, enter campus through Entry 4 off of Pompton Road and park in Lot 5 parking lot (if you are new to campus) adjacent to the Lorraine and David Cheng Library. Speert Hall is located directly across from the Library building. (**If you are consulting a campus map, Speert Hall (formerly Wayne Hall) is marked with 16.) Enter Speert Hall (located near the bus stop) from the main doors on the front of the building. The Office of Disability Services is located adjacent to Wayne Dining Hall, behind the lounge (with the Red Walls).

How can I contact Disability Services?

The Office of Disability Services can be contacted via phone at 973-720-2853 or via email at

Should I identify myself as a student with a disability to Admissions?

William Paterson University values diversity and seeks to promote access to educational opportunities for all students. Admission is based upon requirements established by the Admissions Office in accordance with University policy.  Disability is not considered when an admissions decision is made.  Applicants with disabilities are welcome to discuss their concerns they may have about the impact of their disability on admission to the University.  Questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Admission and/or the Office of Disability Services.  

A prospective student with a disability is not obligated to self-identify prior to admission to the University. Upon acceptance, incoming students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Since many accommodations require advanced planning, early identification of a student's needs helps to ensure that arrangements and accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

Do students with disabilities fill out a different admissions application?

No. Students with disabilities follow the standard admissions process.

Confidentiality - Who has access to disability related information? How are faculty informed?

Once a student has been deemed eligible for our services and is in need of classroom accomodations an "Accomodation Letter" will be drafted which lists classroom accommodations the student is eligible to receive. The letter will be sent to the student through their WP e-mail at the beginning of the Fall semester or as soon as eligibility has been determined, if requesting accommodations after the semester has begun. The "Accommodation Letter" is provided for the entire Academic Year (September thru August). It is the responsibility of the student to present this letter to their professors. It is suggested that you meet with your professors to discuss any specifics in regards to your coursework.         

How do I receive services from Disability Services?

The first step in receiving services is to contact the Office of Disability Services and fill out the Accommodation Request Form. In addition, you will need to provide all disability documentation to ODS. If ODS has additional questions, a meeting with the student may be requested. This meeting may be held over the phone, in person or online. Once a student is eligibile for services, an Accommodation Letter is drafted for classroom accommodations.  

What kind of services and accommodations does Disability Services provide?

All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. However, typical accommodations may include...

  • Registration assistance
  • Parking assistance
  • Referrals
  • Adapted classroom activities
  • Classroom relocations
  • Note-taking services
  • Adaptive technology
  • Extended test time


What kind of documentation is needed to receive accommodations?

The type of documentation needed depends on your disability. Please see the documentation guideline links for physical impairments, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and psychological/psychiatric disabilities, below.

Guidelines: Physical     Guidelines: ADHD      Guidelines: Post Secondary Level Education

                                  Guidelines: Psychological/Psychiatric

How can I be tested for a learning disability?

If your documentation is incomplete or outdated, you can visit the Office of Disability Services to inquire about different options for getting tested. 

Is ADHD considered a disability?

Yes. You can receive accommodations for ADHD if you you deemed eligible for services after providing ODS with the completed Accommodation Request Form and the disability documentation.

Do I have to pay for services provided by the Office of Disability Services?

No. All services, including note takers, are provided to students free of charge. However, if students require additional testing to properly document their disabilities, the student is responsible for any testing costs. 

Do I need to get a new accommodation letter each semester?

No. Accommodation letters are emailed from the Office of Disability Services at the beginning of the Fall semester and the letter is for the entire academic year (September thru August). A new accommodation letter will be emailed to you at the beginning of the following Fall semester.

How early do I need to let the Office of Disability Services know about an exam that I need proctored?

ODS needs to know about your exam at least seven (7) calendar days in advance. You will need to complete the "Request for Test Proctor" form online for each and every test/exam. The earlier you schedule the exam, the more time that our office has in making sure that we have your exam and the location set up for you when you complete the examination. Requests that are not submitted with the seven days notice may not be able to be accommodated.

What should I do if I don't feel like my accommodations are helping me?

Contact the Office of Disability Services. The earlier in the semester you contact us, the more we will be able to help you adjust your accommodations and/or discuss strategies that may assist you.

Is it important that I check my William Paterson email account?

Yes. The Office of Disability Services, along with many other offices on campus, use your University email address to send you important information. You should make it a point to check your WPU email dailly.

What is the most important thing I can do to help myself achieve academic success?

It is important that you stay in constant communication with our office. The more we know about your difficulties, issues, and concerns, the better we will be able to assist you.