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OA Student Handbook

The OA Student Handbook (PDF-353K) was created to inform students with disabilities about support services and resources available on and off Winthrop’s campus. It outlines student’s rights and responsibilities related to disability accommodations.  This handbook is updated periodically in anticipation of the upcoming academic year.

Please review this handbook thoroughly. If any questions about student rights, student responsibilities, or OA procedures arise, please contact OA at 803/323-3290 or by e-mail at


OA Student Rights and Responsibilities


Student Rights

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

  1. Appeal decisions regarding accommodation and services
  2. Equal access to facilities, programs, and activities offered through the University
  3. Expect all disability-related information will be handled confidentially
  4. Receive appropriate and reasonable accommodations/services for documented disabilities

Student Responsibilities

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

  1. 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
  2. Student is responsible for authorizing OA to send accommodation letters each semester or if any adjustments are requested for accommodations
  3. Notify professors that an accommodation letter is in their e-mail (preferably during office hours).
  4. Consider areas within the class that you need access to (due to disability) and discuss with your instructors how your specific accommodations can assist you in achieving that access
  5. Maintain the same expected academic level as students without disabilities, attend class, and provide timely notification of specific needs
  6. Meet and maintain the essential academic standards set forth by the University and adhere to the Student Conduct Code
  7. Meet with OA staff for an intake appointment in a timely manner to review documentation and discuss appropriate, reasonable accommodations
  8. Meet with OA staff, as needed, to discuss progress and any problems that may arise throughout the semester
  9. Notify the OA staff of any difficulties in securing needed accommodations as soon as the difficulty arises
  10. Notify the OA staff of your disability-related accommodation needs in a timely manner
  11. Provide appropriate documentation of your disability and accommodation needs prior to receiving request
  12. Uphold personal responsibility associated with engagement of accommodations, such as relevant communication
  13. Contact OA for any other questions/concerns