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The accommodation process at WVSU is a collaborative effort between the student, the faculty and the disability services counselor.  Each has a unique role to play in the process and it is important to understand how these roles interact to provide students with a disability the opportunity for full participation in, and receive the benefits of, the services, programs, or activities of the university

Accommodations are provided to students who are identified and registered with the Disability Services Office (DSO).  The students do so by providing documentation that supports the need for accommodations so they may, as independently as possible, meet the demands of university life. Accommodations should not be provided by faculty or staff unless they have received a notice of approved accommodations from the disability services counselor.

If a student discloses a disability to you and you have not received notification from the disability services counselor, please refer the student to DSO.

If you believe that an accommodation is not reasonable, please contact the disability services counselor to discuss your concerns before denying an accommodation to a student.  Similarly, if, at any time, you believe that further accommodations would be appropriate or if you have questions about any accommodation, you are encouraged to discuss these with the disability services counselor.

The disability services counselor is always happy to chat informally or provide more formal input to campus partners, offices, departments and individual staff members around accommodations, resources and services. In addition, DSO is able to contribute to meetings, conferences and class sessions on a range of topics including assistive technologies, universal design, and the legal framework governing provision for students with disabilities.

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