Accessibility Guidelines

Accessibility Guidelines

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OA hopes to empower Winthrop University faculty, staff, and students in order to create accessible educational environments. The guidelines below consist of a mixture of documents created in-house and those curated from external sources, such as university and college partners (with citations).

In consulting these guidelines, remember the following:

1. Accommodations listed in the Letter of Accommodation (LOA) reflect the student’s approved accommodation(s).

2. Accommodations are not retroactive and must be initiated by the student.

3. Students need to request accommodations in a timely matter.

4. OA staff can assist you in navigating and utilizing any of the guidelines and forms found at our Accessibility Guidelines pagePlease contact us if you have questions or would like support and guidance in navigating the accommodation process.

Faculty Guidelines for Approved Accommodations

Accommodated Testing Information for Faculty
This guide explains the instructor's rights, and responsibilities regarding accommodated testing.

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication. Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) falls within this spectrum and is sometimes referred to as “high functioning autism.” This guide provides a general overview of the autism spectrum. An individual on the autism spectrum may exhibit some of the following characteristics noted within this guide.


Accommodations for Absences, Assignment Deadlines, Exams

Changes to class attendance requirements, assignment deadlines, or exam dates are fundamental alterations to a course. Approval for such flexibility is a process that will require questions, discussion, and an OA team consultation and staffing to determine the reasonableness of such a request. Note that the OA Team will advocate for and with you in regards to your disability related needs and work with you and your instructor to assess and determine reasonable accommodations that allow you to participate in your classes. As stated in the Winthrop Student Handbook, Interaction between faculty and students is an integral part of the learning process at Winthrop.

Faculty may use the following guides and agreements based on the students approved accommodation:

Attendance Flexibility Guide and Agreement (PDF-76KB)

Assignment Deadline Flexibility Agreement (PDF-221KB)

Exam Date Flexibility Guide and Agreement (PDF-234KB)

Attendance, Assignment, and Exam Date Flexibility Guide and Agreement (248KB)

Faculty Guidelines for Recording Devices
Students who have been approved for a "recording" accommodation to assist with note-taking may utilize diffferent types of specialized apps and software on electronic devices including, but not limited to, Live Scribe pens, digital recorders, and even cell phones, tablets, and laptops.


Best Practices -Working with Students with Hearing Impairments
This information provided can assist you in effectively communicating class information to students who are Deaf and/ or Hard of Hearing and will allow you to facilitate an environment in which they can participate equally in class discussions and activities.

Seizure Disorders Guidelines
This guideline defines what might happen when a seizure occurs, and describes what faculty/ staff should do if a student has a seizure in your class or other place on campus.


Service Dog 101
This document provides guidance for interacting with service dog handlers and their service dogs.

Disability Related Animals on Campus Guide
This document is designed to provide the campus community with a working knowledge of the University’s guidelines on disability-related animals on campus.


Student Guidelines for Approved Accommodations

These are the current guidelines you (students) need to follow for appropriate use of your approved accommodations.

Modification Agreement
This agreement describes how to appropriately utilize your accommodations related to flexibility with attendance, class assignments, and/ or deadlines.

Personal Recording Device
This agreement describes rules on the appropriate use of recording devices in the classroom and the management of recorded materials.


Online Scheduling and Guidelines (Students) (links to existing page)
These guidelines give the rules and procedures regarding scheduling exams as well as appropriate use of the testing accommodations in the OA Test Center.


Accommodations for Absences, Deadlines, and Exams
Please use this guideline to foster discussions with your instructor regarding flexibility with assignments, attendance, and/or exam dates if approved, requested, and appropriate due to a disability. The included template is to be completed by the student AND instructor. It is your responsibility to initiate this conversation with your instructor and to returned this completed form to OA.

Last Updated: 9/8/20