Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Washington and Lee University is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities to qualified students with physical or mental disabilities, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The University intends that these procedures will facilitate an interactive process of dialogue and timely exchange of information between the student and the designated University administrators.
Students requesting accommodation will need to provide appropriate documentation of: (1) a disability, which is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and (2) a need for accommodation, by virtue of the specific functional limitations of the disability, to have equal access to educational opportunities. It is the responsibility of a student with a physical or mental disability who may require any type of accommodation to make the accommodation request in a timely manner. In order to ensure sufficient time for the eligibility and accommodation decision process and to make arrangements for appropriate accommodations, a matriculated student should contact the Title IX Coordinator and Director of Disability Resources, Elrod Commons 212, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450, (540) 458-4055 (first-year students only) or the designated Associate Dean of the College, Lee-Jackson House, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450, (540) 458-8746 (undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors), and submit the documents required for consideration of disability accommodations during the first month of the fall or winter academic terms. Requests submitted after the first month of either of those academic terms, or requests submitted with incomplete documentation (including insufficient testing data), could result in a delay of consideration and action on the request until the the following academic term. The student will need to complete a "Request for Accommodation of Disability" form, obtain a copy of the most recent medical or cognitive testing documentation, and schedule an interview with the designated administrator.
Accommodation policies, procedures, and informational documents and forms are available on the General Counsel webpage or visit these links:
- Accommodation Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities
- Request for Accommodation of Disability
- General Guidelines for Documentation of Disabilities
- Guidelines for Documentation of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
- First-Year Student Guidelines
- Understanding the Scope of W&L's Responsibilities for Students with Disabilities
- Accommodating Students With Disabilities -- An Overview for Students, Faculty, and Administrators
- U.S. Department of Education information: "Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-Secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities"
- Guidance for Faculty