Roberts Wesleyan College is committed to
providing an equal educational opportunity for all qualified
students. We welcome students with disabilities into our community
and programs. We believe the needs of each student with a
disability are unique; therefore, services are provided on an
individual basis. The following guidelines indicate standard
policies related to academic support services to students with
Student Responsibilities for Seeking
Students with disabilities who require
academic accommodation in order to insure equal access to their
educational environment must request modifications from the
Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, found in
the office of the Learning Center. Eligible students must submit
current and appropriate documentation of their disability. This
documentation should include, but may not be limited to the
- clear and specific statement of diagnosis by a qualified
- complete test scores and sub test scores including percentiles
and standard scores
- credentials of qualified, professional examiner
- academic history
- history of academic modifications
- description of functional limitations resulting from the
Additional documentation for
- a standard measure of general intelligence /aptitude
- results of academic achievement - This should include current
levels of functioning in reading, mathematics and written
- assessment of information processing- Specific areas of
language processing must be assessed. (i.e. long and short term
memory, sequential memory)
Documentation for ADHD
- evidence of current impairment
- evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out
- results from valid, standardized, age-appropriate
- all applicable DSM-IV criteria and description of how this
impairs the individual
Any additional pertinent information,
including recommendations and academic history should also be
included. For further information on appropriate documentation
please contact the Coordinator of Services for Students with
Disabilities at 594-6270.
Students whose disabilities may be more
individual or specific in nature should contact the Coordinator of
Services for Students with Disabilities to obtain a specific list
of criteria needed to document their particular disability.
Students may appeal accommodation decisions
by petitioning in writing the ADA Committee (Americans with
Disabilities Act) composed of the Vice President for Human
resources and Support Services, The Learning Center Director, a
representative of Student Services and a Faculty member. If
necessary, further appeals may be made to the Provost.
Academic requirements may be adjusted to
ensure equal access to all students. However, academic
accommodations should not alter the fundamental objectives or
necessary components of an academic program, major or course.
Essential components of programs, majors and courses will be
determined by faculty and academic departments. Modifications may
include such things as extended time to complete requirements,
substitution or waiver of specific courses, and adjustments of
requirements within courses.
Some of the more frequently approved
accommodations currently being used by students on the RWC campus
- Extended time for testing.
- Distraction reduced environment for testing.
- Extended time to complete coursework.
- Use of a computer/word processor for written exams.
- Exemption from spelling errors on in class writing
- Use of Kurzweil 3000 for reading in and out of class
- Use of Kurzweil 3000 for reading tests aloud.
- Course substitutions.
- Interpreting services
- Individualized academic advising