Students seeking accommodation(s) based on a diagnosed disability should follow the outlined procedures below. To allow sufficient time for making eligibility decisions and making arrangements for appropriate accommodations, students should contact the office of Counseling Services, as well as their professors, within one week of the start of the academic term. Students are encouraged to contact the office of Counseling Services shortly after they register for classes so that Counseling Services staff and Student Life staff can proactively work with them to insure that their needs are met.
Follow the steps listed below to complete the application process:
1. Contact Beth Gentry-Epley, Psy.D. - Students should contact Beth Gentry-Epley, Psy.D. Director of Counseling Services and 504 Coordinator. Appointments with Dr. Gentry-Epley can be made by calling the office of Counseling Services at (816) 415-5946 or by sending Dr. Gentry-Epley an email atgentry-epleyb AT william.jewell DOT edu.
2. Provide Documentation - Students are expected to mail, fax, or bring to the appointment current documentation of their disability and accommodation needs as determined by a qualified medical or other licensed professional evaluator. Please refer to the documentation guidelines provided on this website for additional information on providing proper documentation.
3. Attend Follow-up Meeting in some cases - After the documentation has been reviewed by the Director of Counseling Services/504 Coordinator, and in some cases the Dean of Students, a follow-up meeting may be scheduled. For some students this additional meeting is necessary to discuss the decisions made regarding accommodation requests as well as to determine the most effective ways for services to be provided.
4. Sign a Release of Information Form - Students must sign a Release of Information form in order for the Director of Counseling Services/504 Coordinator to notify professors, as well as academic advisors, of the approved classroom accommodations. Students are expected to provide the office of Counseling Services a list of appropriate names for notification. (This list should include lab instructors and both professors in courses that are co-taught.)
5. Talk to Professors - Unless students request that the information be relayed differently, faculty will be made aware of accommodations via email from the Director of Counseling Services/504 Coordinator. Students will be copied on this email. They should also meet with each of their professors at the beginning of the semester to confirm the accommodations that have been approved. Students are encouraged to discuss with their professors how to best implement the accommodations.
Students requesting non-academic accommodations should follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as outlined above.