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The Student Services Office ensures all students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to a quality education.  This requires the commitment of the entire university.  Providing access, whether through specific accommodations or through implementation of universal design for learning, is a partnership among faculty, staff and students.

By law, instructors are required to allow accommodations essential for students to have equal access.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding how to best accommodate a student with a disability contact a staff member in Student Services.

Types of Academic and Classroom Accommodations:  

  • Alternative-format materials
  • Accessible tables and chairs
  • Assistive technology
  • Testing accommodations
  • Interpreters/Captioning
  • Notetaking

Testing Accommodations Procedures through the Student Services Office:  

Below is an outline of procedures for faculty when students test through the Student Services Office:

  •  Discuss accommodations requested through the Student Services Office with the student.
  •  Complete and return all copies of the Testing Authorization Form to the Student Services Office upon receipt (a form must be on file for each test a student takes in the Office)
  • Send exams through email or hand deliver to Morgan Hall, Room 135 at least 24 hours prior to the time of the exam. 
Testing Guidelines: 
  • A completed Testing Authorization Form must be on file for each exam a student takes with the Student Services Office
  •  If a student arrives late for the exam, the student will only be given the allotted extended time as indicated on the exam (time does not get extended due to tardiness)
  •  Bookbags, cell phones, coats, purses, or any unauthorized academic aids are not permitted in the testing room
  •  Test readers will not explain, clarify, or express opinions concerning materials on the test
  •  Exam will be discontinued if student becomes ill, engages in inappropriate behavior, or is found to be cheating
  •  If a student misses an exam, the student will need to contact the class instructor within 24 hours and ask the instructor to contact a Testing Coordinator for approval to reschedule the exam
  •  Students must contact the Student Services Office  24 hours prior to a scheduled exam if the student decides to take the exam in class, will miss the exam, or if an exam has been cancelled or rescheduled
  •  All students must adhere to the WU Student Code of Conduct

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A humorous view of a day in the life of a sign language interpreter in a classroom setting, not at Washburn of course!!

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