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Disability Services: Reasonable Accommodations for Students

Reasonable accommodations are defined as adjustments or modifications to an academic course, program, service, activity or facility that enable an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges that are available to an individual without a disability. Offering reasonable accommodations is one of the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.  Accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis for otherwise qualified individuals, through an interactive application process. Accommodation requests that are determined to change the essential nature of a course or program standard, pose a direct threat to the campus community, or create an undue financial burden to William Jewell College will not be granted.  However, the College will make every effort to identify and consider any other reasonable and appropriate accommodation if possible for the individual. 

Certain accommodation requests will be forwarded to the Provost for consideration:

  • Reduced course load
  • Course substitutions
  • Request to waive a course requirement

Examples of commonly requested classroom accommodations for students with disabilities:

  • Extended time on exams
  • Exams taken in an environment with reduced distractions
  • Peer note-takers
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Preferential seating
  • Alternative textbooks
  • Accessible desk/chair
  • Record lectures


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