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Welcome to Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) at West Virginia State University. We strive to collaborate with and empower students who have disabilities through efforts to eliminate barriers when possible as well as coordination of academic accessibility/accommodations and support services that enable equal access to an education and university life. On behalf of the staff of SAR, we look forward to working with you during your academic career at West Virginia State University.

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West Virginia State University recognizes its obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  The President of West Virginia State University has designated the authority for determining the necessary access options for students with disabilities to the Accessibility Specialist with the Student Accessibility Resources office.  This has been done to ensure the institution is meeting its legal obligations under the applicable statutes and regulations in ensuring equal access and opportunities to all aspects of the institution for students with disabilities.    Ensuring equal access is not the sole responsibility of the Student Accessibility Resources office, cooperation from the faculty and staff from all departments is essential to ensuring this access is available to students with a disability.

West Virginia State University prides itself on its numerous efforts to make the campus as accessible as possible.  If you have a documented disability or would like assistance in determining if you have a disability, please contact our office.

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A campus that is welcoming and inclusive to all students


To lead the campus in creating access.  When barriers persist, SAR determines qualified disability status and assists students with obtaining appropriate accommodations and services


Using Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act standards as a framework, SAR will:
  • assist students by making every effort to help students with disabilities attain quality educational objectives, promote self-awareness and self-advocacy as well as maximize their potential in a diverse and accessible environment.
  • assist students to determine access and use academic accommodations;
  • equip students who have disabilities with the technical resources that help them reach their educational goals;
  • foster an environment that encourages personal and academic growth and facilitates independence;
  • empower students to understand their abilities and needs, as well as the resources available to them; and
  • serve as an educational resource on disability concerns for our students, faculty, staff, and community.


Two federal statutes govern the provision of disability services in higher education: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Unlike the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), which provides a free and appropriate education to individuals with disabilities in the K-12 school system, these statutes are civil rights laws that are intended to provide access and prevent discrimination for individuals with disabilities.

1)    Section 504 applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance.

2)    The ADA has three titles that apply to employment opportunities, state and local government and public access. Title II applies to state and local governments, including public colleges and universities such as West Virginia State University.

Both acts allow for the provision of auxiliary aids to grant equal access. The ADA stipulates that reasonable accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the program requirements or standards are to be provided unless they cause an undue burden.

Our Team

Michael Casey
Accessibility Specialist
(681) 533-0850

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Michael Casey, MS, CRC, LCAS, AADC, CDF

Accessibility Specialist - Student Accessibility Resources
Testing Coordinator  - SAR Testing Center
Program Facilitator - Steps-2-Success

Email:               sar@wvstateu.edu 
Phone/Text:    (681) 533-0850
Campus ext.:  3083
Location:         117 Sullivan Hall East

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm

Request For Accommodations FormTesting Center Appointment RequestFaculty Worksheet - Test ProctoringDrop-in Online with Specialist
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