Student Life

Policy Title
Accommodations and Services for Students with Disabilities
Policy Description
Accommodations are reasonable adjustments to the classroom and campus that provide students with equity access to education at Winthrop. Accommodations are determined via an interactive process, case-by-case, involving the student, any history of accommodations, evidence of a positive connection between the requested accommodation and the limitations of any major life activity, as well as appropriate documentation.  Reasonable accommodations determined via this process may include, but are not limited to: Accessible computers and assistive technology, accessible classrooms, accessible residence halls, Braille and large print, note-takers and/or recording devices, priority registration, reader/scribe, sign-language interpreters, testing accommodations, assistive listening devices, electronic textbooks, emotional support animals, etc.
Policy Procedures
1.  Student self-identifies with the Office of Accessibility (QA) by arranging an
Intake/Welcome meeting; email, call 803/323-3290, or come by in­person (Crawford 108) to schedule a convenient appointment
2.  Interactive process is engaged to determine any appropriate and reasonable accommodations (additional documentation may be requested by OA at this time)
3.  Accommodation letter is crafted and emailed (or delivered by student, at student request) to faculty/staff requested by student
4.  OA assists with provision of accommodation, as needed
5.  Student notifies faculty of email (preferably during office hours) and requests faculty signature on OA provided form (to be returned to OA after receipt of signatures, but within two weeks of receipt)
6.  Student and/or Faculty contact OA regarding any accommodation concerns, as soon as possible
7.  Student upholds personal responsibility associated with engagement of accommodations; such as relevant communication
8.  Student is responsible for authorizing OA to send accommodation letters each semester, or if any adjustments are requested for accommodations
9.  Contact OA for any other questions/concerns

Equity of access and independence are the primary goals in providing accommodations for students with disabilities. Students should be aware that while accommodations are intended to remove barriers to learning, they do not ensure success.
Policy Author(s)
Office of Accessibility
Effective Date
August 2008
Review Date
October 2016