The University of Charleston is committed
to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons
with disabilities. The Academic Success Center works to ensure that enrolled
students receive reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities in
compliance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008. The Academic Success Center also provides
special information for faculty.
Accommodations are adaptations and changes made to elements of a student's postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student's impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:
Students can follow this step-by-step procedure to apply for accommodations.
Fill out Student Intake Form
Acquire appropriate documentation regarding your disability.
Students requesting accommodations must submit documentation of their disabilities from an appropriate, licensed professional qualified in the appropriate specialty area. Some examples of such persons are physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists.
In general, documentation should include a specific diagnosis and a rationale for each accommodation requested. In cases of LD or ADD/ADHD, raw test score data should be submitted. To ensure that the accommodations supplied are appropriate for the student's current level of functioning, the documentation
submitted must be less than three years old. Exceptions can be made for conditions that are permanent and are not developmentally related. Hearing or vision loss would be examples of such conditions.
Accommodations cannot be provided without documentation.
Student Intake Form along with supporting documentation to the Academic Success Center C/O Disability Coordinator. Information may be submitted confidentially by fax, mail, e-mail or in person.
Send Accommodation Requests to:
Academic Success Center
C/O Disability Coordinator
University of Charleston
302 Schoenbaum Library, Clay Tower Bldg.
2300 MacCorkle Ave., S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304
You will be contacted by the disability coordinator to discuss your request. A
Disability Coordinator acts as a liaison between students and faculty or staff, identifying appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The goal of all concerned is to help students achieve their full academic potential. In some cases, our office will request
an appointment to further discuss your request. Appointments can be made by calling the Academic Success Center at
304-347-6983. We may also request additional documentation prior to reviewing your request. Please remember to check your University e-mail account for a message from the Disability Coordinator.
You will be notified in writing (either e-mail or letter) regarding the outcome of our review and how to proceed. Most of our communication is done through University email. If you have any questions or concerns at any point regarding this procedure, please do
not hesitate to contact us at 304-347-6983.
Once you are approved for accommodations, you will be provided with a letter outlining your specific accommodations. The letter will only outline accommodations; no specific information about a diagnosis will be shared. This letter will provide information for the faculty about accommodations, functional limitations and
should serve as a catalyst for discussion with the student about how accommodations will be made. Note, the choice to disclose the need for an accommodation is at the student’s discretion. Students should discuss accommodations with faculty within the first week of class. Instructors will
not be expected to accommodate students who do not disclose in a timely manner.