Winthrop University: Information for Students

Office of Accessibility

Information for Students

All Winthrop University students are responsible for meeting the qualifications set forth by the University for its courses, programs, services, and activities. Students with disabilities are responsible for their own academic achievements and for meeting and maintaining the essential academic standards of the University. Each student must be responsible for class attendance, assignments, and all other course materials.

Prospective Students (Non-registered)

Students who would like to receive services from the Office of Accessibility may use the New Student Online Application to begin the registration process.

The Registration Process is as follows:

  1. Complete the New OA Accommodations Request Form

  1. Upload any documentation that verifies your disability/condition. You may view our documentation requirements here. If you do not have any documentation or paperwork, you may download a Disability Verification Form (PDF - 363KB) to be completed by your treating specialist. This documentation will need to be uploaded when you complete your application. If you run into any problems with the file upload page, please contact OA.

  1. Once OA has the application AND documentation you will receive confirmation by OA to your Winthrop email which will instruct you to contact OA to schedule your intake appointment.

Registered Students

If you have completed your intake appointment with OA and have been approved for accommodations, you can use the resources below to request letters and schedule accommodated testing.

Requesting Letters of Accommodation (LOA)

Beginning Summer of 2019, registered students will need to request their LOA’s to initiate the accommodation process. OA will not send out the LOA without a request from registered students. Students will need to use this Letter of Accommodation Request Form to request their letters.

Questions regarding your LOA? Contact OA at

Scheduling Accommodated Testing with OA

Accommodated testing is available to registered students who have been approved for testing accommodations. Registered students may use this Test Scheduling Form to schedule accommodated tests and quizzes.

Questions regarding accommodated testing with OA? Visit our Testing Page or contact our Test Center Operations Manager, Karen Medlin, at

Student Rights 

As a student with a disability, you have the right to:

  • Appeal decisions regarding accommodation and services

  • Equal access to facilities, programs, and activities offered through the University

  • Expect all disability-related information will be handled confidentially

  • Receive appropriate and reasonable accommodations/services for documented disabilities

Student Responsibilities

As a student with a disability, you have the responsibility to:

  • Actively participate in the accommodation process by maintaining contact with OA professional staff. Active participation includes using accommodations as defined, working with your professors and the Test Center staff to arrange for test-taking accommodations when appropriate, and notifying OA professional staff of any changes in your diagnosis or accommodation needs as they arise

  • Notify professors that the accommodation letter is in their email (preferably during office hours). Request the professor's signature on the OA Signature Form, and return it to OA within two weeks of intake appointment (deliver in person, via scan, or take a picture and send to )

  • Maintain the same expected academic level as students without disabilities, attend class, and provide timely notification of specific needs

  • Meet and maintain the essential academic standards set forth by the University and adhere to the Student Conduct Code

  • Meet with OA staff for an intake appointment in a timely manner to review documentation and discuss appropriate, reasonable accommodations

  • Meet with OA staff, as needed,to discuss progress and any problems that may arise throughout the semester

  • Notify the OA staff of any difficulties in securing needed accommodations as soon as the difficulty arises

  • Notify the OA staff of your disability-related accommodation needs in a timely manner

  • Provide appropriate documentation of your disability and accommodation needs prior to receiving request

  • Uphold personal responsibility associated with engagement of accommodations, such as relevant communication

  • Student is responsible for authorizing OA to send accommodation letters each semester or if any adjustments are requested for accommodations

  • Contact OA for any other questions/concerns


OA Accommodations Request Form (form used to register for accommodations with OA)

Disability Verification Form (PDF- 363KB) (have your doctor/provider complete this form for registration with OA)

Letter of Accommodation Request Form (form used by Registered Students ONLY)(Use to request Letters of Accommodation)

Test Scheduling Form (form used by Registered Students ONLY)(Used to schedule exams/quizzes at the OA Test Center) 

Disability Resources

Last Updated: 8/1/19