Student Accommodation ProceduresVarious accommodations are provided free of charge to qualified WSU students to gain equal access to their classes. To get a printable copy of all Access Services procedures, go to the Access Services Student Handbook.
Each semester, you’ll need to submit a request form through the Access Services Student Dashboard for each class in which you would like to receive accommodations.
You may do that any time after registration when your schedule is finalized. Your professor will be notified of your eligibility via email.
Scheduling an Exam
Students taking exams in Access Services should follow these steps in the Access Services Student Dashboard:
- Go to Schedule an Exam
- Enter your full email address and password if you get a pop-up box.
- Choose a valid time between 8am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
- You have until 4:29pm today to sign up for an exam that is 3 business days from today.
- Complete all the fields and click “Save”.
- Check your WSU email for a confirmation, late notice, or invalid time message.
- Sign up for all exams at the beginning of the semester so you don’t miss deadlines.
- Contact Access Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if the date or time needs to be changed.
You can also see which exams you’ve scheduled to take in the Access Services Student Dashboard.
For more detailed instructions, please consult the Access Services Student Handbook (PDF).
Access Services relies on the use of technology to assist students with their note-taking needs. Several apps are available at no cost to WSU students to download to their iPads, such as Notability, Evernote and One Note. Smart Pens are available from Access Services to students who don't have iPads. More specific information can be found on the Note-taking page.
Alternate Format Textbooks
Sign Language Interpreters
Access Services will arrange for an interpreter to be present in the classroom and other class-related activities, such as small groups or a meeting with a faculty member.
Please submit your request through the Access Services Student Dashboardat least 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester so that an interpreter is present on the first day of class.
Obtaining Accessible Furniture
- After registering for the upcoming semester, the student should physically check out each classroom where the class is scheduled to meet. If this is difficult for the student due to mobility or pain issues, the student should contact Access Services to request assistance in assessing the classrooms for their furniture needs.
- Access Services will make every effort to accommodate late requests but cannot guarantee that the furniture will be in place for the first day of class.
- Students should bring their own cushions or orthopedic support, etc. as needed to use in the classroom. These are considered personal accommodations. The University is not responsible for personal items left in the classroom.
- If there are any problems with the furniture (the furniture is missing from the room, it is constantly being moved, etc.), then it is the student’s responsibility to notify Access Services immediately at 507.457.5878 to resolve the problem.
- If it is necessary to purchase furniture for the student, there will be an additional delay. Due to University purchasing procedures, furniture is ordered through specific vendors; Access Services will work diligently to help ensure prompt fulfillment of the request. For these reasons, it is extremely important that students who believe they will need accessible furniture make their requests as early as possible.
- Written or emailed complaints should be filed within 30 days of the date the incident occurred with the Coordinator of Access Services.
- If an informal resolution is not reached, the student should file a complaint through the University’s Affirmative Action Office.
- Students also may file a complaint directly with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights or with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The Statute of Limitations for filing a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights is 180 days from the date the incident occurred.