Applying to West Virginia
University at Parkersburg
to WVU Parkersburg is based on an applicant’s meeting published
admission criteria with no preference provided on the basis of
disability. Students are notified of acceptance by letter
from WVU Parkersburg Office of Admissions and Records. For
further information contact the Enrollment Office at:
Following Admission to West
Virginia University at Parkersburg
with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services
(ODS) to plan for potential accommodation needs:
of Disability Services
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive
Parkersburg, WV 26104-8647
(304) 424-8378/voice (304) 424-8337/TDD
Receiving Disability Related
are determined on an individual basis, taking into consideration
the student’s qualification, history and documentation. In
order for a student to receive disability related accommodations
within their academic program:
The student must establish that he or she is an “individual with
a disability” by providing documentation that meets University
The student must meet the requirements for being “qualified,”
that is, the student may be required to document that he or she
can perform the essential tasks and functions of the program and
required courses. Meeting the admissions standards of the
University or program does not always address essential function
requirements of a program or major. Essential functions,
tasks, standards and requirements of a program cannot be removed.
Possible performance standards may be applicable within the areas
of: observation; communication; sensory and motor function;
intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities;
behavioral and social requirements.
It must be determined if there is a reasonable accommodation that
will allow the student to complete the requirements of the class,
program and/or University requirements.
who have self-accommodated or whose use of medication or other
therapies have mitigated the effect of the disorder may not be
viewed as “substantially limited.” An individual must
document according to University criteria that they are
substantially limited in a particular area in order to be
considered disabled and eligible to receive reasonable
accommodations for their significant functional limitation.
provided to the ODS is considered CONFIDENTIAL and is not
disclosed to a third party without the written permission of the
student requesting disability related academic accommodations must
register in person with ODS.
related reasonable academic accommodations are provided under
appropriate circumstances on an individual basis based upon
appropriate documentation of disability and significant impairment
diagnosis of a disorder, condition or syndrome in and of itself
does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations.
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.
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
IEP or 504 Plan from the public school system is not
criteria for specific disabilities are available upon request.
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.
are personally responsible for applying in a timely manner to the
WVU Parkersburg ODS regarding their need for accommodations upon
admission to WVU Parkersburg.
Disability Counselor, in conjunction with the student, develops
accommodations specific to both the student’s needs and
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.
and implementation of accommodations by the instructor may take
time; therefore, letters authorizing accommodations should be
delivered as soon as possible.
with receiving accommodations should first be communicated to the
instructor by the student. If not resolved, the student
should contact their disability counselor.
a student changes their schedule by adding a class they should
notify their disability counselor as soon as possible if
accommodation letters are needed.
must contact the ODS at the beginning of each semester to arrange
for academic accommodations and complete the release of
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