1. The student will verify disability with appropriate documentation.Please refer to specific Guidelines for Documentation. In all cases, documentation that supports reasonable accommodation must clearly indicate:
A. The existence of a disability (as defined by state and federal regulations);
B. That the disability substantially limits a major life activity including a statement of the nature and extent of the limitations; and
C. A statement of what accommodations are recommended by the provider
If you have already completed this step, move to step 2.
2. Our staff will make an appointment with the student to review documentation provided and assistance in determining appropriate accommodation.
Reasonable and appropriate accommodation is determined through a flexible, interactive process involving the student and SAS staff. Final responsibility for selection of the most appropriate accommodation rests with the university. Early consultation regarding accommodation is essential whenever questions of compliance and/or funding for accommodation are involved. We will honor late requests to the best of our ability, but waiting can result in delay, substitution, or the inability to complete the request.
3. Our staff will prepare an Accommodation Letter outlining the accommodations for which the student has been approved.
SAS prepares letters regarding student-specific accommodations for relevant faculty members/instructors or for the student’s designated contact at the graduate program. Our staff is available to explain the procedures and assist students as needed. If difficulties arise in obtaining accommodations or there are concerns related to this process, it is the student's responsibility to contact us immediately.
Step 3 will be repeated each semester (or at other times, as appropriate) to review accommodations needed.
Note: Students engaged in academic work off site (such as internships for course credit and study away) generally are not eligible for accommodation by William & Mary. The ability to accommodate a student with a disability should be a precondition to any business, agency, or organization that wants to participate in an internship or externship agreement with the university. In the case of academic course work taken at another institution of higher learning, SAS staff will serve as consultant and will provide information as needed for students arranging accommodations at these locations.