Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations at Shepherd University. In order to request accommodations, students must:
Complete the Accommodation Request Form and obtain all required documentation. Please submit to the Accessibility Services email (email@example.com). More information about documentation can be found in the Documentation Guidelines.
The Notification Process
Once the documentation and the appropriate forms have been submitted, the decision on granting accommodations will occur. Each student will be notified through Shepherd University email of the specific accommodations the student has been granted and, in some cases, the accommodations that have not been granted along with a rationale of why they were denied. If any requested accommodation was denied, the University will always evaluate whether there are any other reasonable accommodations alternatives or available options to the academic adjustment or aid or service which was requested and denied, and if the University can identify such reasonable alternatives, it will provide them. The Office of Residence Life will be notified by Accessibility Services of any housing or meal plan accommodations that need to be made.
Students with academic accommodations will receive a specific set of confidential letters. These letters document their registration with Accessibility Services and specify their approved accommodations. Although there is no time limit on when faculty must be notified, letters should be given to each professor as early as possible during the semester, preferably prior to or during the first week of class. This should be done in a meeting during the professor’s office hours.
The student can appeal accommodation decisions by contacting the Student Affairs designee.
- The Student Affairs designee will meet with the student and communicate a decision within five business days.
- If not satisfied with the appeal through the Student Affairs Designee, a student can then appeal to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs can be reached by telephone at (304) 876-5030. The decision of the Vice President for Student Affairs is final.
Any complaints should be submitted in writing to the Student Affairs designee. A thorough inquiry will be completed for all complaints. Appeals to decisions made by the Student Affairs designee should be submitted to the Vice President of Student Affairs.