Students must request reasonable accommodations/modifications at the beginning of each semester by filling out the appropriate Academic Accommodation Request Form and meeting with Accessibility Services. The office, in conjunction with the student, prepares a letter for each professor that indicates the appropriate accommodations for that course.
Accommodation requests are considered within the context of both warranted documentation and available resources. Each student's situation is reviewed based on the information shared by the student and the relevant documentation to determine the type of accommodation recommended. Accommodations that are considered reasonable are those that do not fundamentally alter the nature of an academic course or the institution's policies, and do not place an undue hardship on the institution. Reasonable accommodations are distinguished from services of a personal nature, which Wesleyan University does not provide but the student may choose to employ. Such services of a personal nature may include individual assistants or coaches.
Students are encouraged to request accommodation letters from Accessibility Services, and speak with their professors about arranging the specifics of their accommodations within the first few weeks of the semester. Accessibility Services and faculty need sufficient notice in order to recommend and provide reasonable accommodations. They may not be able, nor may they be obligated, to honor last-minute requests.
In some cases, students who request accommodations, but are in the process of acquiring proper or updated documentation, may be granted provisional reasonable accommodations. Provisional accommodations are generally granted for one semester only.
There are a variety of academic services to assist all Wesleyan students. Students with disabilities are encouraged to seek out these resources, which include:
Writing mentors and tutors work individually with students and assist many students with disabilities. The Writing Workshop is located at Downey House, Lower Level. For more information, contact Professor Anne Greene, (860) 685-2240.
The Math Workshop is located in Room 113A Science Center, on the Main floor Conference Room in the Science Library. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 10 pm and Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00 p. m. during the semester. There are always two staff members on duty, who may be either experienced undergraduates, or math graduate students. The staff offer a drop-in tutoring service, available to all members of the Wesleyan community. Staff members provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere while answering questions about mathematics. (860) 685-2205
Peer tutors are provided free of charge for individual students in need of further course-content instruction. Students interested in this program should visit the the web site and fill out the request forms.
Peer Advisors are available to assist with skill building in time management, study skills, note taking, test taking, math, and writing. For more information, visit the Peer Advisor Blog.