GUIDE TO THE WVU PARKERSBURG
OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES
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§ A student requesting disability related academic accommodations must register in person with ODS.
§ Disability related reasonable academic accommodations are provided under appropriate circumstances on an individual basis based upon appropriate documentation of disability and significant impairment to functioning.
§ A diagnosis of a disorder, condition or syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations.
§ Students are responsible for providing appropriate documentation of their disability and functional limitations prior to receiving accommodations. It is important to plan for accommodations ahead of time since the process of documentation review and approval can take time.
§ Documentation of a disability must: include recent test data from a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified professional; state the diagnosis using DSM-IV; ICD-10 codes; substantiate significant functional limitations.
§ An IEP or 504 Plan from the public school system is not sufficient documentation.
§ Documentation criteria for specific disabilities are available upon request.
§ If a student’s documentation does not meet West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s ODS’s guidelines then the student may work proactively with their Disability Counselor who can assist in obtaining appropriate documentation.
§ Students are personally responsible for applying in a timely manner to the WVU Parkersburg ODS regarding their need for accommodations upon admission to WVU Parkersburg.
§ A Disability Counselor, in conjunction with the student, develops accommodations specific to both the student’s needs and appropriate documentation.
§ Students must hand deliver their accommodation authorization letters to their respective instructors during the instructor’s office hours. It is recommended that accommodation letters not be delivered in class.
§ Planning and implementation of accommodations by the instructor may take time; therefore, letters authorizing accommodations should be delivered as soon as possible.
§ Problems with receiving accommodations should first be communicated to the instructor by the student. If not resolved, the student should contact their disability counselor.
§ If a student changes their schedule by adding a class they should notify their disability counselor as soon as possible if accommodation letters are needed.
§ Students must contact the ODS at the beginning of each semester to arrange for academic accommodations and complete the release of information.
§ If a student feels they are not being appropriately accommodated they may file a complaint with the Executive Assistant to the President for Policy and Social Justice at (304)424-8201.
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