Disabilities

What you need to know

Accommodations are available for students with diagnosed physical, learning, psychiatric, or other disabilities upon request. Students seeking accommodations for a disability or disabling condition should contact the director of student life as soon as possible upon arrival to begin the accommodation process. If the accommodations are relevant to on-campus housing, this process should begin with the first housing inquiry. Accommodations cannot be requested retroactively. Accommodations are determined and implemented on a case-by-case basis as is reasonable and appropriate and 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.

The Office of Student Life will support students in communicating with professors to arrange and implement the approved accommodations. Students with disabilities are encouraged to communicate with their faculty, but are not required to disclose specific diagnoses. Upon a student’s request, a letter will be sent to faculty members outlining approved accommodations and beginning the dialogue toward implementation for that semester. Given the variable nature of courses at Watkins, we recommend that students meet with the director of student life at the beginning of each semester to reevaluate appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

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

For additional information, you may contact studentlife@watkins.edu.