Frequently Requested Information

  1. Admission
  2. Preparing for Postsecondary Education
  3. Confidentiality
  4. Academic Support
  5. Foreign Language Requirement Substitution Policy
  6. Field Placement Positions (Internships)
  7. International Education
  8. Parking Permits/Campus Safety
  9. Library Assistance
  10. Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

1. Admission

Admission in based on students ability to meet the academic standards requisite to each Willamette University program; applicants are evaluated without regard to disability. Federal law prohibits preadmission inquiry.


2. Preparing for Postsecondary Education

The Office of Civil Rights offers a publication, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, which describes differences in your rights and responsibilities as a university student versus a high school student.


3. Confidentiality

Documentation and the nature of the disability is confidential information. At no time would the documentation be shared without written consent of the student. Students are requested to sign an acknowledgment that exchange of some information may need to take place between Accessible Education Services and certain staff and/or faculty in order to comply with the student needs; however, neither the specific diagnosis of the disability nor the specific nature of other confidential concerns is released. Students also have the prerogative of whether they grant permission for the Accessible Education Services office to communicate with parents.

Please see the Selected Policies Manual, sections 4,5 and 6.


4. Academic Support

All CLA students are eligible for individual consultations about study strategies, time management, academic expectations, and effective communication. Free tutoring is also available through Academic Support.

Kelvin Clark, Learning Commons Director, can be reached at academicsupport@willamette.edu, 503-370-6505.


5. Foreign Language Requirement Substitution Policy

Foreign Language Requirement Substitution Policy

Qualifying for a Substitution

To qualify for a substitution to the Study in a Language Other than English requirement students should have a recent full psychoeducational or neuropsychological assessment and there must be a clearly demonstrated need, such as a significant impairment in phonemic ability, processing speed, auditory memory and retrieval, working memory, etc., that cannot be successfully addressed by accommodations for the class.

Accessible Education Services (AES) personnel will review all disability documentation, history of language learning and related information to determine if there is a body of documentation sufficient for determining eligibility for a language learning substitution. A waiver of language learning in high school alone does not ensure eligibility.

Procedure

Students seeking a substitution for the requirement are encouraged to complete a petition as early as possible after enrollment at Willamette University. They will begin the process by presenting documentation to Accessible Education Services, and their eligibility will be determined. If an exception is granted, the Registrar will note the exception on the degree audit as well as the approved substitution courses.

Form of Substitution

Students receiving an exception to the foreign language requirement will instead take two courses that focus on the language, history, art, religion, philosophy, cinema, politics, economics, society, or culture of peoples whose experiences are rooted in the same language other than English. The goal of these courses would be to expand students’ cross-cultural awareness and knowledge. At least one of these courses must be at the 200-level or higher. At most one may count towards a Modes of Inquiry graduation requirement. Students will work with their academic advisor to determine which courses will be used for substitution. These courses will be approved by the Associate Dean for Curriculum, the Associate Dean for Student Success, and a representative from one of the foreign language departments, and will be listed on the student’s degree audit.

The two-part petition form will be provided through the AES office and the Associate Dean for Student Success.


6. Field Placement Positions (Internships)

Students considering a practicum off campus need to discuss accommodation needs in a timely manner with the Accessible Education Services office and practicum supervisor. The student should request a position description that clearly identifies the essential functions of the field placement position. Accommodations become a collaborative process utilizing multiple resources.


7. International Education

Willamette University offers study abroad and off-campus study opportunities in the form of semester and summer programs. All students are encouraged to consider participating in off campus studies and internships. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to plan early for this opportunity as host sites are not necessarily experienced in providing accommodations. It would be prudent to include the Accessible Education Services office in the process to assist in reviewing the primary activities of the program and the overall living conditions to determine compatibility with needs.

For more information, visit International Education.


8. Parking Permits/Campus Safety

Students holding a DMV-issued permit, may present that to the Office of Public Safety with a request to purchase an all-campus permit that will allow parking in designated accessible spaces on campus. You will be ticketed if you do not have the appropriate Willamette University tag.

For more information, visit Campus Safety's section on Parking and Transportation.


9. Library Assistance

For your convenience and to facilitate the library staff in serving all patrons equally, students seeking additional assistance should schedule an appointment with the library. Scheduling an appointment will guarantee that you obtain the assistance you need when you want it. Library staff are available Monday-Friday. Patrons with disabilities in need of more assistance than the library staff is able to provide should contact the Director of Accessible Education Services.


10. Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

Willamette University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.

Though both service animals and emotional support animals are types of assistance animals that provide a service to persons with disabilities, they are not the same. Therefore, different rules and restrictions apply to each type of animal. Willamette's Service Animal Guidelines and Emotional Support Animal Guidelines describe the differences between these assistance animals, areas on campus where each type of animal may be allowed, and the procedure to follow depending on the type of animal you plan to bring to campus. Please refer to the appropriate document  according to your needs.

Students with service animals and emotional support animals must follow Willamette's animals on campus policy.

Refer to our webpage on Service and Emotional Support Animals for more information and access to all documents used in the request processes.