Catalog 2016-2017


American Disabilities Act

We believe education should be accessible to everyone. If you have temporary health issues or a permanent disability, we have services to help meet your needs. Western International University recognizes and accepts its obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments of 2008, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a disability and requiring the University to provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified disabled students in all University programs, activities, and employment.

The Western International University® (West) Disability Services Office provides services to students with temporary health issues or permanent disabilities. Explore the link (http://west.edu/student-services/education-resources/disability-services.html) to find additional information about disability accommodations, eligibility requirements, and how to apply for accommodations through the Disability Services Office. We're here to assist you in a timely manner, regardless of location or modality of your course of study.

After you complete the application process, (http://west.edu/student-services/education-resources/disability-services.html) a disability services advisor will work with you to determine eligibility and identify what types of accommodations are available. Once you work with the disability services advisor to complete a Student Accommodation Agreement, faculty members will be notified of any accommodations that they need to implement. We will not disclose health issues or specific diagnoses. It's your choice whether to disclose your health information to faculty members or classmates.

Individuals who require assistance during an emergency situation must self-disclose this need to a Disability Services Advisor. The Disability Services Advisor, in conjunction with the Campus Security Authority, should develop a personal emergency plan for the student, including specific notification and evacuation procedures which would be utilized in the event of an emergency, regardless of whether the student intends to apply for or receives classroom accommodations. 

Applying for Accommodations

All requests for accommodations follow a standard process managed through the Disability Services Office.

HOW TO APPLY FOR ACCOMMODATIONS

  1. Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Read, sign and return the Student Rights & Responsibilities form to the Disability Services Office to acknowledge a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities under the University’s accommodation process.

  2. Student Self-Disclosure

    Complete, sign and return the Student Self-Disclosure Statement disclosing a formal request for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  3. Student Release of Information

    The Student Release of Information form informs the Disability Services Office of the diagnosing professional who will be providing the medical documentation (see below) or filling out the Student Disability Information/Verification form. Please fill out this information, if necessary, and return with your completed paperwork.

  4. Student Disability Information/Verification

    The Student Disability Information/Verification form should be fully completed by your diagnosing professional (i.e., physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist). The diagnosing professional will need to complete the form in its entirety; otherwise, additional information may be needed. Note:A diagnosis, classroom limitations and specific recommendations for accommodations by a doctor or other legally acceptable health care professional as defined by the ADA are usually required. Please make sure to leave the doctor’s, psychiatrist’s, psychologist’s, or other appropriate health care professional’s office with paperwork, letters, forms, and testing information filled out correctly. It is your responsibility to provide proper documentation (see "Medical Documentation" below).

  5. Return Completed Paperwork

    Return completed paperwork to the Disability Services Office as soon as possible.

  6. Application Review

    The Disability Services Office will review your application to verify your eligibility for disability services and determine whether the requested accommodations or any other accommodations might be reasonable.

  7. Student Accommodation Agreement

    Once reviewed, the Disability Services Advisor will contact you to discuss any reasonable accommodations that might be available to you. After you and the Disability Services Advisor reach an agreement regarding the accommodations to be provided, the Student Accommodation Agreement will be sent to you. Any agreed-upon accommodations will be documented in the Student Accommodation Agreement for you to sign and return to the Disability Services Advisor.

  8. Making Accommodations

    Accommodations will be made available once the Disability Services Advisor has received the signed Student Accommodation Agreement. Accommodations are not typically retroactive.

Requesting a Copy of Your Accommodation File

Once you apply for accommodations, your complete accommodations file will be housed in the Disability Services Office. Request to view the file can be made by completing the Student Release of the ADA File Information form.

MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION

For students seeking disability services, verification is required. The first option for students is to provide documentation from the diagnosing professional verifying the current condition of the student's disability to the Disability Services Office. This option generally provides sufficient disability documentation.

If the only available documentation does not reflect the student's current disability the Disability Services Office can help identify other forms of verification, such as a history of accommodations received while enrolled in a previous educational institution. The student's former educational institution can provide verification of disability accommodations; that the educational institution supports the medical verification; and the dates the student attended the educational institution.

Please note that students may be required to provide a copy of medical documentation from the diagnosing professional accompanying the letter and accommodation information from the previous educational institution.

Students having trouble securing appropriate documentation of disability, should contact their Disability Services Advisor.

Accommodations for Students

Western International University® (West) strives to provide you with pertinent eligibility information and help you formally request assistance to meet your temporary or permanent disability needs. We never forget that our students are here to learn, and we’re here to help.

Possible Accommodations

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the student’s particular circumstances.

Accommodations are available for otherwise qualified students who suffer from a temporary or permanent health situation and complete the accommodation application process.

Any individual (1) with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity; (2) has a record of such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment, may qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please consult with a disability services advisor for more information.

Examples of possible accommodations:

  • Additional time for individual assignments or tests
  • Screen-reading software
  • Typing software
  • Printed materials
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Note takers

Temporary Health Situations

Students experiencing a temporary health situation that limits the ability to perform coursework may qualify for temporary accommodations. Examples of temporary situations may include a broken bone, surgery complications, emergency hospitalization, treatment for temporary health conditions, or pregnancy complications, among others.

Permanent Health Situations

Students experiencing a permanent health situation that limits their ability to perform their schoolwork may qualify for permanent accommodations. Examples of permanent situations may include deafness, blindness, low vision, learning disabilities, chronic illnesses, cancer, fibromyalgia, emotional or mental health issues, treatment for debilitating illnesses or recovered drug or alcohol abuse, speech disorders, spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, or ADD/ADHD, among others. 

Student Disability Handbook

Login to your my.west.edu account and select the Resources tab, ADA Policy link under Other Resources.

Disability Services Advisors

Leslie Wynkoop

(602) 943-2311 x 4291031

leslie.wynkoop@west.edu

Keith Walters

(602) 943-2311 x 4291106

keith.walters@west.edu

504 Coordinator

Dr. Christopher Davis

(602) 429-1112

christopher.davis@west.edu