Wayne State College
Student Center, Rm. 103
1111 Main St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Academic Accomodations Policy
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 mandate equal opportunity
for individuals with disabilities. An academic accommodation
or modification is sometimes needed to ensure that a qualified
student with a disability has an equal opportunity to access
and benefit from a course or educational activity. However,
academic accommodations must not compromise the college’s
At Wayne State College, the academic accommodation process involves a partnership between
the student, the Counseling Center, and the faculty member.
Each has a specific role to play and responsibilities to
The student’s role is to make their disability known
and to request accommodation.
I. Student Responsibilities:
provide the Counseling Center with recent medical, psychological,
psychoeducational, or neurological documentation from an
appropriately licensed professional which identifies the
disability and, whenever possible, provides suggested accommodations.
- complete the Disability
Accommodation Request Form and receive approval from
the Counseling Center for academic accommodations prior
to requesting an accommodation from a course instructor.
The form can be filled out on-line - please complete a
form for each class you are requesting accommodations.
Print the form, sign and bring the completed request to
the Counseling Center.
- request disability related academic accommodations
in a timely manner. This may include contacting the Counseling
Center to arrange exam accommodations.
- meet the time limits and procedural requirements established
by the Counseling Center for providing academic accommodations
or scheduling exams. If the student fails to provide adequate
notice of the need for accommodation, he/she remains entitled
to the accommodation, however, the accommodation may be
delayed and/or may not be able to be provided in the fullest
The role of the Counseling Center is to verify the disability
and determine the student’s eligibility for academic
II. Counseling Center Responsibilities:
- maintain records that verify the disability.
- determine appropriate academic accommodations using
Accommodation Request form.
- communicate a student’s eligibility for academic
accommodations, upon request.
- consult with faculty, staff, and outside professionals
regarding academic accommodation requests that are unusual
The role of the faculty member is to provide appropriate
accommodations either directly or by making arrangements
with the Counseling Center.
III. Faculty Member Responsibilities:
- ensure that the requested accommodation does not unduly
compromise an essential element or evaluation standard
of the course. [Examples
of modified testing procedures]
- verify that the Counseling Center has approved the
- discuss with the Counseling Center any concerns related
to an accommodation or the arrangements that have been
requested by a student with a disability.
- when the exam is to be administered by someone other
than the faculty member, determine the non-disability
related conditions under which the exam is to be completed
(e.g., open book, use of notes, calculator) and provide
timely delivery of the exam, along with all necessary
instructions for exam administration,
- maintain the confidentiality of information regarding
students with disabilities.
[Students with physical or psychological impairments /
Students with learning disabilities]
Wayne state college is committed to the fair resolution
of all requests
IV. Accommodation Appeals:
In situations where the appropriateness of a proposed
accommodation is unclear, the
faculty member or the student may request a review of the
accommodation. The review will be conducted by the Vice
President for Academic Affairs and the Counseling Center
Clinical Psychologist. The review committee will determine
whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and appropriate
for the student’s disability and will determine whether
the proposed accommodation unduly compromises an essential
element or evaluation standard of the course.
Individuals who believe they have experienced discrimination
based on their disability may file a grievance with the
Wayne State College 504/ADA compliance officer.
Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor