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Student Accessibility Services at William & Mary

Are there any special admission requirements?

No. Students with disabilities are treated exactly like all other applicants during the admission process. Disability is never the basis for admission or denial. Furthermore, there are no disability-related questions on admissions applications.

That said, a student may benefit from disclosing a disability early in the application process. By incorporating information concerning disability into a personal statement or letter of recommendation, for example, an applicant can explain challenges faced or overcome as well as transcript discrepancies. Results of non-standard test administrations and documentation of disability may be submitted in support of any application, but are not essential for full consideration. Once admitted, students with disabilities are fully mainstreamed into the university community and are expected to maintain the same academic standards as all other students attending William & Mary. 

Please refer to the following offices for admissions information
When should I register with Student Accessibility Services for accommodations?

You may submit recent documentation as soon as you learn of your acceptance to William & Mary. You may contact the Director of Student Accessibility Services to establish next steps.

Where is the Student Accessibility Services Office located?

Student Accessibility Services, a division of the Dean of Students Office, is located in Room 109 of the Campus Center.

What is the Watson Assistive Technology Lab?

Find out here.

What documentation will be needed to verify my disability?

We accept documentation according to disability type and severity. Feel free to contact Student Accessibility Services if you have questions.

How will my accommodation requests be assessed?

The Director of Student Accessibility Services is responsible for deciding whether a disability has been adequately documented. In the first consultation meeting with a new student, reasonable accommodation will be considered in accord with the manifestations of the disability. All accommodations that are approved will be put in writing for the student’s disability file, a copy of which will also be shared with the student. From this approval list, the Director will prepare letters to faculty summarizing the individualized accommodation needs in each course at the start of each semester or summer of enrollment. Whenever possible, these letters will be hand-delivered by the student seeking assistance. Faculty and university officials will be expected to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with official written accommodation letters issued by Student Accessibility Services.

In addition to academic accommodation, the Director of Student Accessibility Services coordinates the efforts of university departments such as Facilities Management, Parking Services, Residence Life, Office of the Registrar, and Student Activities to address special access and service issues related to a student's educational experience.

Will my disability documentation be treated as confidential?

All information submitted to or developed by the university related to the diagnosis, documentation, or accommodation of a disability is considered confidential and will not become part of any other student record at William & Mary. Staff of the Dean of Students Office have access to all disability records and may arrange access for other authorized university officials in the event of an emergency or other unusual necessity. Disability information may be released in confidence to faculty members or other members of the community who have an educational need to know, but only with the express written consent of the student.

All documents supporting a disability on file in the Student Accessibility Services Office will be retained for ten years following graduation and then destroyed in keeping with State of Virginia archiving policies. Diagnostic information obtained during a student's tenure at William & Mary that is inconclusive of disability will be retained for one year from last date of service or contact, and then destroyed.

How accessible is the campus?

Recent renovations have added electric door openers, lowered elevator panels, additional curb cuts, handicapped parking spaces, adapted equipment for swimming and weight-lifting, visual alarm systems, and braille signage. William & Mary continually engages in advocacy efforts to improve disability awareness and sensitivity of the entire community through a faculty/staff liaison network and a general philosophy of maximizing independence and self-determination.

What if I have special housing needs?

Newly-admitted and currently enrolled students seeking housing accommodation on the basis of disability should forward all pertinent documentation to the Director of Student Accessibility Services. Documentation will be reviewed and, if approved, the Office of Residence Life will be apprised of the appropriate housing accommodation for the next academic year. Specific eligibility guidelines apply.

For housing information please refer to Office of Residence Life.

Where can I find information about the Student Health Center?

The Student Health Center offers a wide variety of services to all full-time students at William & Mary. Provided services include medical care of acute and chronic illness, allergy injections, vaccinations, laboratory services, air conditioner requests for medical necessity, health and wellness services and evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders. The health center also is equipped with a pharmacy to fill prescriptions (except stimulant medications) of students from both William & Mary physicians as well as outside health care providers. Additionally, the Health Center employs a part-time psychiatrist.

All care is confidential. The treatment of any student 18 years or older cannot be discussed with anyone else without the student’s written consent. More information is available at the Health Center website.

The Counseling Center

The university has a staff of professionals to counsel students on a range of issues. Personal concerns addressed at the Counseling Center include psychological problems, relationship and family issues, academic and personal stress and crisis situations. All services at the Counseling Center are free to students and strictly confidential.

For further information on counseling services offered at William & Mary, visit the  Counseling Center website.

The Writing Resource Center

William & Mary also offers a Writing Resource Center to all students. All students are welcome to make an appointment with individual consultants to work on improving written and oral communication skills. Students can receive one-on-one coaching at any stage of a written assignment. Additionally, the Writing Resource Center offers handouts on a variety of communication issues such as grammar tips, writing style, and oral communication on their website. William & Mary also provides a History Writing Resource Center for student consultation specific to historical research and writing. 

For further information, visit The Writing Resource Center.

Learning Assistance

William & Mary students can receive individual coaching on strategic learning or time management techniques through the Dean of Students Office. Other offerings include small group academic workshops and general study skill sessions.

For further information, visit Academic Support. Call 757-221-2510 to schedule an appointment.


Tutors are available to students through academic departments as well as through campus honor societies. To find out if an academic department has available tutors, students are encouraged to contact the department directly. For information about the tutoring services offered by members of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, students may contact the Office of the Dean of Students.

Study Away

Many students choose to spend a semester in another country through study abroad exchanges or in Washington D.C. Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to  participate in these programs. Because there may be many factors to consider, begin study away research early and plan to work closely with Student Accessibility Services.

What state and government agencies are available as informational resources?

The following state agencies have proven useful to William & Mary students and their families: