A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to the tasks, environment, or the way things are usually done that enables individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program. Each student's accommodation is considered individually, utilizing recommendations in their documentation. Accommodations at Willamette University may include but are not limited to:
- Alternative Testing
- Assistive technology
- Recording of Academic Materials in Alternate Format
- Environmental adjustments
- Accessible housing accommodations, including service animals and emotional support animals
- Accommodations for temporary medical disabilities
At the beginning of each semester, the student must visit the Accessible Education Services office to obtain a letter of accommodation for their professors. Students with disabilities who do not currently have academic accommodations but would like to request them should follow our Accommodations Request Process.
Alternate testing accommodations must be discussed in advance with the professor. Professors are encouraged to provide testing accommodations when possible. Students using the testing room in the Student Success Hub, Matthews 104, are advised to schedule an appointment to use the room at least 24 business hours in advance. Requests for special testing such as electronic versions or other alternatives need to be made 48 business hours in advance. Retroactive accommodations are not made.
Providing Reasonable Accommodations
Accommodations are to be reasonable, not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program, not to fundamentally alter the nature of the academic standards and be justified by the documentation. Accommodations cannot pose a threat to personal or public safety. Also, accommodations such as notetakers are not in lieu of classroom attendance and participation.