Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, students with disabilities are due reasonable accommodations in their academic pursuits. A student’s disability should not unfairly interfere with his or her learning process or evaluation and grading. To that end, our staff collaborates with students, instructors, staff, and community members to create diverse learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable.
The Office of Disability Services recognizes that individuals have a wide range of diverse characteristics and experiences and this diversity is an integral aspect to society. As part of our effort to remove barriers, we work closely with students to identify academic accommodations and services that are most appropriate. Students must register with our office in order to receive these accommodations and services. Examples of accommodations and support services may include, but are not limited to:
- priority registration
- alternative testing formats and environment
- classroom accommodations
- note-taking support
- alternative textbook formats
- sign language interpreting
- housing accommodations
Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive and that our office is dedicated to developing accommodations fit for the individual. Our services are as unique and varied as our students. We also work to eliminate any barriers and provide accommodations for our visitors. Please contact our office to discuss any accommodations needed as a visitor.
Fairmont State University does not assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to students who have not identified themselves to our office as having a qualifying disability. Students must provide their professors with a copy of their accommodation letter each semester in order to receive accommodations.
In order to qualify for services offered by the Office of Disability Services, a student should provide official documentation to a member of our staff at the initial meeting. The student’s disability should be diagnosed by a qualified professional and include a clear statement of the student’s disability. It is preferable that the documentation include the student’s needs, the impact the disability has on the student, and recommendations for reasonable accommodations. It is also helpful for a student to bring Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) and testing results to the initial meeting when available.
The Office of Disability Services is committed to continuously working toward removing barriers and providing equal access to all educational opportunities on campus by identifying and incorporating appropriate accommodations and services.