NEW! ACCESS CENTER WORKSHOP SERIES
We are excited to offer presentations that address issues pertinent to students with disabilities. Please review the list of events below and plan now to attend!
NOTE: The January 28th workshop will focus on employment and disability issues, especially with respect to disclosing one’s disability. The February 5th session will have PIZZA! New Access Center students are particularly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP at 509-335-3417.
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: A CHANGE IN SPRING PROCTORING HOURS
The Access Center will administer exams between 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM ONLY, between January 12 and May 1. (Final exams will be administered between 7:30 AM and 9:00 PM.)
WHY THIS CHANGE? Complete renovation of the third floor of the Washington Building (directly above the Access Center offices) will begin in January and continue through July. This construction will entail loud noises such as drilling, pounding, hammering, etc., on a daily basis. A quiet testing environment must be provided to students who test at the Access Center.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY?
- Students who wish to test at theAccess Center will need to take many of their exams later in the day/evening and not during the regularly scheduled class time. Alternate times must be written on students’ Reservations to Test form, and instructors must approve the alternate time. Instructors’ signatures on the Reservations to Test forms constitute approval.
- Instructors will have two options for providing accommodations:
- Approve students to test at a later time in the day (and possibly a different day) at the Access Center, OR
- Make arrangement to either accommodate students themselves or within their department.
PLEASE NOTE: Equal access and the provision of accommodations is a university responsibility, shared among faculty, departments and the Access Center. Approved accommodations based on a documented disability MUST be provided.
We understand this is an inconvenience for everyone. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and continued support of equal access and educational opportunity.
Please contact Meredyth Goodwin, Director, Access Center, at 509-335-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or concerns.
INCOMING STUDENTS: WELCOME TO WSU AND THE ACCESS CENTER!
- To secure accommodations for a disability or medical condition:
- Submit documentation of your disability to the Access Center office, using one of the following methods:
- Fax: 509-335-8511
- Scan and email documents to: Access.Center@wsu.edu
- Mail: Access Center, 217 Washington Building, PO Box 642322, Pullman, WA 99164-2322
- In person: Access Center, 217 Washington Building (same building as Health and Wellness Services)
- Schedule an hour intake appointment to meet with an Access Advisor as soon as possible:
- Call: 509-335-3417
- Bring your documentation with you if you haven’t sent it earlier
- What to expect during this appointment: Your Access Advisor will ask you questions about how your disability/medical condition impacts you in an educational environment, how you learn, and what accommodations you received from your previous schools. Together, we will discuss appropriate accommodations and procedures on how to receive accommodations.
RETURNING STUDENTS: WELCOME BACK!
- To Renew Accommodations:
- Choose one of the following two methods:
- Automatic Renewal: If your accommodations have not changed from last year, you may meet with front desk personnel to receive your forms. (See NOTE below.)
- Meet with an Access Advisor: If you need to change your accommodations or have concerns about how your accommodations worked for you last semester, you will be asked to meet with an Access Advisor.
- NOTE: Please meet with an Access Advisor if you either did not meet with an advisor this past fall, your documentation is incomplete or outdated, you are taking any on-line courses or you have Flexible Attendance as an approved accommodation.
All students are encouraged to communicate with their Access Advisor during the first month of the semester to ensure that your accommodations are going well. In-person meetings, email exchange or phone calls are great ways to communicate.
RETURNING STUDENTS: RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR YOUR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Delta Alpha Pi is an honor society for students with disabilities who maintain an above-average cumulative grade point average. The Delta Alpha Pi Beta Tau Chapter is the first and only chapter in the State of Washington. If you are an undergraduate student at WSU with a minimum of 24 credits and a cumulative GPA 3.1 or higher or a graduate student with a minimum of 18 credits and a GPA of 3.3 or higher, you are welcome to become a member in the fall. Watch your WSU email for an invitation to join. If you are interested in participating in Alpha Pi Beta Tau Honor Society please mention that interest to your Access Advisor or contact Sophia Tsai at email@example.com.
ALL STUDENTS: PROMOTE DISABILITY AWARENESS:
Please consider joining the DAA (Disability Awareness Association) this fall! Each semester, the group meets once a week at the Access Center. The organization NEEDS YOUR HELP to plan awareness events and activities. Contact Kenneth Albright, DAA president, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org