Accessibility Services

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. Through collaboration with institutional allies, networks, and community partners, Accessibility Services leadership contributes to the development of equitable higher education experiences for all students who have disabilities.

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The primary mission of the Fairmont State University Accessibility Services Office is to provide leadership and facilitate equal access to all institutional opportunities for students who have disabilities, so they may achieve their academic, personal and professional goals in preparation for responsible citizenship. To accomplish it's mission, the office of Accessibility Services:

  • provides institution-wide advisement, consultation, and training on disability-related topics, including legal and regulatory compliance, universal design, and disability scholarship
  • collaborates with students, instructors, staff, and administrators to work toward removing barriers to foster an all-inclusive campus that offers diverse learning environments that are usable and equitable
  • provides individual services and facilitate academic accommodations to students with disabilities


To achieve their mission, Accessibility Services contributes to:

  • students' formal education
  • student progression and timely completion of education goals
  • preparation of students for their careers, citizenship, and lives
  • student learning and development

Student Learning and Development Domains and Dimensions

Accessibilty Services contributes to student learning and development by aligning with learning and development domains established by The Council for the Advancement of Standards:

  • knowledge, acquisition, integration, construction, and application
  • cognitive complexity
  • critical thinking, reflective thinking, effective reasoning, and creativity
  • intrapersonal competence
  • interpersonal competence
  • humanitarianism and civic engagement
  • practical competence

Ethical Standards & Confidentiality

Accessibility Services has an appreciation of disability as a valued aspect of diversity and as an integral part of the the institution and postsecondary educational experience. Accessibility Services personnel:

  • consider students with disabilities when working in collaboration with other on campus to create equitable and inclusive environments for the institution, including policy, procedure, and program development
  • recognize and apply the professional ethical standards to their role an function at the institution
  • respect the privacy of our students and maintain confidentiality in communications and records as delineated by privacy laws
  • confront and hold accountable other personnel who exhibit unethical behavior
  • exhibit proper behavior regarding research and assessment
  • expect scholarly integrity among students and staff

Diversity & Equity

The Office of Accessibility Services does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, cultural identity, ethnicity, family educational history, gender identity and expression, nationality, political affiliation, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, economic, marital, social, or veteran status, or any other basis included in institutional policies and coeds and laws. The Office of Accessibility Services does not participate in nor condone any form of harassment that demeans persons or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Accessibility Services advocates for students with disabilities to have access to the same level of service from campus offices as is available to students who do not have disabilities, and to only receive services from our office that are not provided elsewhere from the institution. The Office of Accessibility Services fosters the development of a campus culture that value the diversity of disability and that values disability as a core component of diversity.