Welcome to Access Services for Students with Disabilities
“Helping Students Succeed” is the motto of WSU’s Access Services. Many academic resources are offered free of charge to qualified students. Examples of academic accommodations include but are not limited to extended time on exams, low distraction test environment and alternate format textbooks.
Winona State University values diversity in our community and is committed to ensuring equal access and opportunity to all qualified students. Access Services serves Winona State University students and faculty by providing academic accommodations for students who present qualifying documentation. As part of the Warrior Success Center, Access Services embodies the goal of student persistence to graduation.
How do I register with Access Services?
- Apply and be accepted to Winona State University.
- Complete the online Application for Access Services. Incoming students who have not yet gotten their laptop should submit a paper application. (.docx)
- Submit Acceptable Documentation (PDF) from a certified professional.
- Meet with Access Services Grad Assistant to discuss your accommodation plan and complete an Accommodation Request Form for the current semester.
Will my accommodations be the same as at RCTC?
In most cases, yes. Please give written permission to the RCTC Disability Services staff to release your records to us. They will then fax a list of accommodations that you were given there to WSU Access Services at 507.457.2957. We will mirror the accommodations that you were given there, if reasonable.
Where will I take my exams?
Your professors may choose to provide accommodations for your exams in a quiet area near the classroom or in their department.
Otherwise, students will use a quiet room on the 3rd floor of the library to take exams with accommodations with Access Services staff supervision.
How do I sign up for an exam?
Go to Schedule an Exam and complete the online form for every exam that you plan to take with accommodations through Access Services at least 3 business days in advance. We strongly recommend that you sign up for all exams listed on your syllabi at the beginning of the semester to avoid the stress of missing deadlines.
Where is your office located?
Staff are available in the Student & Campus Services office in SS128 on the Rochester campus or at 507.285.7100. Access Services has its main office on the Winona campus in Maxwell 314, and can be reached at 507.457.5878.
What other resources are available for support?
Because college can be very stressful, there may be times when extra support is needed to work through a difficult time. Counselors are available to help you with a wide range of difficulties, ranging from sexual assault, depression, and grief after the loss of a loved one to stress management, anxiety, general adjustment to college, and many others. Counselors are available through partnership with RCTC on the UCR campus at the RCTC Counseling Center, UCR Room SS 133, and can be reached at 507.285.7260.
Counseling and Wellness Services on the Winona campus are located in the Integrated Wellness Complex 222 and they can be reached at 457.5330.
Tutoring is available in the UCR Learning Center, UCR Room AT 306, 285.7182
Student Support Services provides support for first-generation, low-income, and students with documented disabilities on both the Rochester and Winona campuses. They are dedicated to providing individualized academic and personal assistance to facilitate lifelong learning and development and to help students achieve their goals of graduation.