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As a WSU student with a disability, you can apply for accommodations. Accommodations are designed to eliminate disability-related barriers in the environment and curriculum to give you an equal opportunity for success. “Disability” is a broad term that includes, but is not limited to, mental health conditions, chronic health conditions, temporary injuries, physical/learning disabilities and ADHD.

Step 1: Submit the Appropriate Application

Accommodations cannot be implemented retroactively, so please apply as early as possible.

You may supplement your application with additional third-party documentation if you feel it would help assess appropriate accommodations. Submitting third-party documentation with your application is not required to meet with an Access Advisor, but may be necessary for accommodations.  Read more about documentation here.

 Once an application is received, you will receive an email to your email address  within 3-5 business days requesting an initial meeting with an Access Advisor/Coordinator. If you cannot complete the application online, contact your campus Access Center.

Step 2: Meet with an Access Advisor

During the initial meeting with an Access Advisor/Coordinator, you can discuss your experiences, barriers, and requested accommodations more thoroughly. The student and the Access Advisor will determine the reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the current semester. You will discuss the processes for requesting, using, and renewing accommodations if reasonable accommodations have been determined.   

Step 3: If accommodations are approved

  1. Once approved, you will request specific accommodations for each course through MyAccess.
  2. A letter will then be electronically generated and sent to each instructor, notifying them of the student's accommodations.
  3. After the letter is sent, you (the student) are encouraged to talk with each instructor within two weeks to review and arrange accommodation(s). Students are advised to meet with each instructor during their office hours or email the professor to find a time to meet. NOTE: Instructors often expect students to meet with them after receiving notification letters. Many accommodation(s) (e..g., flexible assignment deadlines) will not be implemented if students choose or do not meet with instructors.


Most common accommodations and services:

  • Exam Accommodations
  • Accessible Transportation/Parking
  • Note-Taking Assistance
  • Campus Housing Accommodations
  • Attendance Modifications
  • Accessible Media
  • Priority Scheduling
  • Assistive Technology

Everyone has a role in accessibility. 

Student Responsibilities

Students must apply for accommodations through the Access Center.  Once approved, students must request accommodations each semester through MyAccess. Students are encouraged but are not necessarily required, to meet with each instructor within two weeks of receipt of the Faculty Notification Letter. However, several accommodations do require a meeting (e.g., flexible attendance, flexible assignment deadlines).

Faculty & Instructor Responsibilities

Instructors are responsible for implementing approved accommodations.  Instructors can request clarification regarding specific accommodations or how best to implement accommodations. Instructors are asked to consult with the student’s Access Advisor if questions or concerns arise.  Accommodations are to provide equal access and not compromise the integrity of the course, the course requirements, or the student’s learning. 

Access Center Responsibilities

The Access Center approves accommodations, collaborates with students and faculty, assists with accommodation implementation, and works with instructors and students when questions or concerns arise.