Types of Accommodations
Classroom and Testing Accommodations
The Office of Retention and Student Advocacy assists in determining the classroom accommodations that are most appropriate for students with disabilities based on documentation of their disability. Students are encouraged to communicate with instructors regarding accommodations. The Office of Retention and Student Advocacy will provide eligible students with notification letters regarding their classroom and testing accommodations to give to their professors. Examples of classroom and testing accommodations are varied, but may include: adapted testing arrangements, extended time on tests, testing in a distraction-free environment, or assistance with alternative formats of textbooks.
Emotional Support Animal (ESA)
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability upon the written recommendation of their physician, psychiatrist, social worker, or other licensed mental health professional. An ESA provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms of the owner’s disability. An ESA is limited to residence halls and designated outdoor areas on campus and is not permitted in academic buildings and other campus facilities. An ESA must be housebroken and under the control of their handler at all times.
Students with disabilities that require special housing accommodations must contact ADA Compliance Officer, Will Atkinson, via email at WAtkinson@uwa.edu. While not required, it is recommended that students with special accommodation requests apply for housing no later than March 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester, and April 1 for the summer semester.