Policies and Procedures

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POLICIES and PROCEDURES

As defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended in 2008, a "person with a disability" is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A person is considered to be a person with a disability if s/he has the disability, has a record of the disability, or is regarded as having the disability. The University will make a "good faith" effort to provide reasonable accommodations to persons identified as having disabilities on a case by case basis.

REQUESTING ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS

All students with disabilities are responsible for identifying themselves as a having a disability and must request services from the Office of Disability Services. 

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended in 2008 ...

  • A person with a disability is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • A person is considered to have a disability if he/she has record of the disability or is regarded as having the disability.

 

Disability Services is responsible for determining reasonable and appropriate accommodations and facilitating the approved accommodations for students with disabilities on a case by case basis.

PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING AND RECEIVING ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS

  • The student completes an Accommodation Request Form (It can be picked up at our office Speert Hall 134 and is available on line by clicking the link to Forms.)
  • The student provides their disability documentation with their completed Accommodation Request Form.
  • William Paterson University requires that all students seeking accommodations provide appropriate documentation.

 

The Office of Disability Services:

  • Determines eligibility as a qualified individual with a disability and
  • Determines appropriate academic accommodations for that student
  • For general guidelines for documentation accepted by William Paterson University useful in determining and providing accommodation services, see here (link for "Guidelines For Documentation of a Specific Learning Disability At the Post Secondary Level").
  • Once both the Accommodation Request Form and the documentation is submitted, a Disability Services staff member will review your materials to determine the student's eligibility for services and accommodations.
  • If ODS has additional questions, we may request to meet with the student to further clarify their request. This meeting may be held over the phone, in person or online.
  • If the student is eligible for services, ODS prepares an Accommodation Letter which lists classroom accommodations. 
  • Disability Services emails the Accommodation Letter to the student's WP email address at the beginning of Fall semester or as soon as their eligibility has been determined, if requesting accommodations after the semester has already begun.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to provide the Accommodation Letter to his/her professors and to discuss implementation of the accommodations.