Westminster College provides equal access to higher education for academically qualified students with physical, learning, or psychiatric disabilities. Disability Services works with departments throughout the college to help ensure that programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the college community.
Eligibility for services is determined by the coordinator who conducts a comprehensive intake appointment with each student. Students who request program eligibility are asked to describe the nature and impact of the disability and prior use of accommodations to clarify how it may interact with living and learning on campus. Submitting relevant professional documentation is important and is used to confirm eligibility and support requests for accommodations, academic modifications, and/or other aids. Once eligibility is established, students meet with the program coordinator a minimum of once per semester to determine individualized accommodations.
More information regarding Disability Service’s policies, procedures and guidelines for documentation is available on the website. Call the coordinator for an explanation of how and from whom to obtain relevant and current documentation.
Freshmen may benefit from reading Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education, Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, a U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights brochure designed to help students understand the transition from the IDEA to the ADA as amended. It is available at: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
Transfer students will want to check with the DS Program at their current institution to find out how to transfer disability documentation or call Westminster's program coordinator for guidance.