Accessibility Services

What you need to know

Watkins College of Art strives to provide equitable access to all students. Accommodations are available for students with accessibility concerns regarding diagnosed and documented physical, learning, psychiatric, or other disabilities, upon request, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Students seeking accommodations for a disability or disabling condition should contact the director of student life at 615.277.7406 or as soon as possible after enrolling to begin the accommodations process. However, the accommodations process may be initiated at any time. Even though the accommodations can be initiated at any time, accommodations cannot be implemented retroactively. (For example, if a student is approved for extended test-taking time beginning in November, they would not be allowed to retake a test from October with the extended time.)

Accommodations are determined and implemented on a case-by-case basis as is reasonable and appropriate. Academic accommodations may include, but are not limited to: extended time on tests and in-class assignments, note-taking assistance or access to class notes, flexible course scheduling, and/or reduced course load. If the accommodations are relevant to on-campus housing, this process should begin with the first housing inquiry and/or submission of the housing application. Given the variable nature of courses at Watkins, students are required to meet with the director of student life at the beginning of each semester to reevaluate appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

The accommodations process involves a five-step checklist:

  1. Contact the director of student life at 615.277.7406 or to obtain an Accommodations Request Form.
  2. Complete the Accommodations Request Form and have it signed by your licensed medical provider.
  3. Submit the completed/signed Accommodations Request Form, along with the required medical documentation, to the director of student life.
  4. Meet with the director of student life (Room 801) to discuss accessibility needs (and receive letters to provide faculty that outline approved accommodations, if academic accommodations are approved).
  5. For academic accommodations, give faculty the letters that outline the approved accommodations. For non-academic accommodations, the director of student life will coordinate with campus partners to implement accessibility needs.

The Office of Student Life will support students in communicating with faculty to arrange and implement approved academic accommodations. Students with accessibility concerns are encouraged to communicate with their faculty, but are not required to disclose specific diagnoses.

Psychological and psychiatric conditions include a broad range of diagnoses, including: bipolar disorder, clinical depression, schizophrenia, general anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and others. Any of these documented conditions may qualify you for accessibility services, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, if they impact a major life activity.

For additional information and to obtain the Accommodations Request Form, you may contact the Office of Student Life at 615.277.7406 or