Information for Students with Disabilities
Once disability status has been established, students are required to submit the Disability Support Services (DSS) Form each time they register. This form authorizes the DSS to notify the faculty for that term of any accommodations required.
Students are encouraged to register as early as possible to allow time for the DSS to notify the faculty. It is also suggested that the student notify the faculty during the first week of the class.
- DSS will send an email and copy the student, Worldwide Campus Disability Services (WDS) liaison, and each identified instructor, advising them that the student is a member of the protected class and of the required accommodation.
- Every effort will be made to provide accommodations in a timely manner.
- Accommodations will not be provided retroactively, nor will grades be altered, when students choose not to request accommodations in advance of a term starting.
Disability-Related Class Attendance/Absence
Attendance, regardless of modality, and with it group project participation, is essential toward students’ mastery of the learning objectives for many courses. Faculty determines whether students may make-up missed assignments, quizzes or exams. Faculty is not required to reduce academic standards or alter essential course elements for purposes of accommodation.
Toward the end of a semester, when frequent or extended absences delay completion of course objectives, individual students may consult with their instructor to request an incomplete (I) grade. Students requesting an incomplete grade should have the ability to complete course requirements within the period of time specified in the Worldwide Campus catalog.
Modifications of the testing format, environment and time constraints are determined by the DSS and instructors notified for students who without these adjustments would not have equal access and therefore not be able to demonstrate their level of course mastery.
The premise behind reasonable accommodation is to allow students to pursue a typical course of study, albeit with certain modifications and/or adjustments, that terminates in a desired degree or certificate. Therefore, in determining if course substitution is a reasonable accommodation, the University has the responsibility to consider whether a course is essential to the student’s curriculum and whether making a substitution would represent a substantial change to that curriculum.
Before the university considers a request for course substitution, the DSS will collaborate with the registrar and program chair to determine if:
- The course in question is required for graduation.
- The course in question is a general education requirement or a required course in the degree program.
- The student has received appropriate course placement.
- Accommodations have been offered that allow the student to participate in the usual/typical course of study that leads to academic program completion.