In general, an accommodation is a change in the learning environment to provide equal opportunity for academic or physical accessibility. The nature of the accommodation is considered individually, utilizing recommendations in the documentation. 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. Accommodations at Willamette University may include but are not limited to:
- Alternative Testing
- Assistive technology
- Recording of Academic Materials in Alternate Format
- Physical access
At the beginning of each semester, the student is to visit the disability office to obtain the letter of accommodation for their professors. Students are advised to make an appointment to meet with the professor to discuss the accommodations. Students are not required nor expected to disclose the specific disability, but are encouraged to discuss ways in which their disability affects them.
For accommodations such as books in electronic format, interpreters, or any situation that involves extra time to implement, students are to contact the disability office as soon as they have been admitted or, for returning students, once they have selected their classes for the next semester.
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 Bishop Wellness Center are advised to schedule an appointment to use the room at least a week in advance. Requests for special testing such as electronic versions or other alternatives need to be made two weeks in advance. Retroactive accommodations are not made.
*Often students in the graduate programs request total confidentiality. In that event, the liaison of the particular program and the disability service office will orchestrate the accommodations.