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To do so, students must contact the disability services office at 724-223-6008 or  Accommodations are not retroactive, so early disclosure is essential. Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students with suspected disabilities to disability support services.

2. Submission of Documentation

Students requesting support services and/or reasonable accommodations from Washington & Jefferson College are required to submit a Disability Self-Disclosure form and supporting disability documentation to the disability services support services office.  Students are encouraged to keep copies of this documentation for their own records. 

Supporting documentation is required to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and applicable state and federal laws and W&J policies.  The student is responsible for obtaining necessary documentation.  An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan is not sufficient documentation.  See Documentation Guidelines for more information.

3. Review of Documentation

The disability support services office reviews the documentation.

4. Meeting to Discuss Accommodations
The student meets with the disability services support services office to discuss the documentation and recommended accommodations. 

5. Accommodation Preparation
The disability support services office writes a letter of accommodation that includes the list of approved academic accommodations.  The student receives enough copies of this letter to distribute one to each instructor and other individuals as necessary.


Testing accommodations, such as extended time or solitary testing/low distraction testing, need to be scheduled in advance.  This should be discussed at the initial meeting, and students should remind instructors one week prior to an upcoming test that they that they will be needing utilizing their testing accommodations. 

7. Semester Meetings with Disability Support Services Office
 The student meets with the disability support services office each semester to reinstate his/her their accommodations.


Grievance Process

If a student believes that his/her their accommodation needs have not been met, s/he they should speak with the course instructor first to address possible misunderstandings and to seek recourse.  If the issue remains unresolved, the student should meet with Liz McClintock, Director of Academic Advising, who oversees disability support services. The DSS office is located in Grant in U. Grant Miller Library on the ground floor next to the computer labLibrary Digital Classroom. Phone: 724-223-6008. Email: If issue remains unresolved, or if the student may issue is with the disability support services office, the student should contact Academic Affairs to make an appointment with the Dean. Academic Affairs is located in Thompson Hall, main floor. Phone: 724-223-6006. Email: