Academic Accommodations and Documentation Guidelines

The process of reviewing documentation for accommodations requires comprehensive diagnostic information. High school IEP's are helpful but generally do not provide sufficient information for accommodations. Accommodations provided may differ from those provided in high school or elementary school. They are renewed semester by semester based on student need. Accommodations may include but are not limited to: readers, note takers, access to adaptive computer technology, extension of time limitations prescribed by minimum academic progress requirements and testing accommodations.

Federal law and the policies of Washtenaw Community College (WCC) do not require the provision of personal-care attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or other devices or services of a personal nature.

Students with disabilities should expect to adhere to all institutional policies and to be graded according to the same standards as other students at WCC. Accommodations and support services are not intended to remediate but are to provide students equal access by minimizing the impact of the disability. Accommodations cannot eliminate a student's responsibilities in areas such as conduct, class attendance nor can they alter the technical standards, fundamental requirements or basic expectations of the class or course of study.

Student Responsibilities

  1. At the beginning of each semester, a new request must be submitted so that accommodation letters can be sent in a timely manner for each class. Requests may be submitted 30-60 days before a new semester once classes are finalized. While accommodations may be done anytime during the semester, not contacting LSS early in the semester may delay or compromise the availability of accommodations.
  2. As a new student, documentation must be submitted and accommodations approved. Documentation is required prior to implementation of any accommodations. Additional documentation may be requested as needed. Please see verification requirements and timelines at: LSS Disability Verification Guidelines.
  3. LSS will provide instructors with letters listing approved accommodations. Please work with your instructors for online or proctored testing arrangements.
  4. Any questions or concerns related to the accommodation(s) should be discussed with a Program Specialist. Most concerns are resolved when we know there is a potential issue.

LSS Responsibilities

  1. Determine eligibility for services and arrange accommodations after review of appropriate documentation and consultation with the student. The evaluation of accommodation requests includes a review of the basic goals and standards of the program or course to be taken.

  2. Consult with faculty/instructors as necessary regarding course requirements or faculty concerns related to the accommodations.

  3. Complete and submit an Accommodation Letter to each instructor outlining the approved accommodations.