Commitment to Diversity and Justice
Western holds a commitment to diversity and inclusion—specifically to students with disabilities. Federal legislation, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended) requires schools to provide effective services, and to modify policies/procedures in order to afford qualified students with disabilities equal access to all curricular and co-curricular opportunities. To this purpose, the University is responsible for delineating an interactive process, which allows students to self-identify as having a disability, and which determines appropriate individualized accommodations based on each student`s experience and healthcare provider documentation. University Policy 1600.03 identifies the Disability Access Center (DAC) as the office responsible for facilitating this process. DAC staff maintain confidential records, determine whether a student has a disability, and what accommodations are necessary to afford equal access to students with disabilities. The WWU/UFWW Collective Bargaining Agreement, in Section 13.1, outlines the faculty`s compliance responsibilities with respect to University Policy 1600.03 and the implementation of the accommodations established by the DAC. Once DAC staff have determined the necessary accommodations required by law, they are happy to serve as a resource to faculty on best practices in facilitating accommodations in academic environments.
A student enrolled in your course is working with WWU's Disability Access Center (DAC). The purpose of this page is to inform you of general logistics and responsibilities regarding accommodations students may request.
In addition to facilitating academic accommodations, the DAC is a resource for faculty and we look forward to collaborating with you, as we work toward full inclusion of people with disabilities for all Western courses.
Please keep in mind the following:
- Accommodations allow a student to more fully participate in your course.
- Students have the right to request accommodations at any point in the quarter, however they are responsible for submitting the requests in a timely manner. Faculty are not responsible for retroactive accommodations.
- Please respect student privacy. Students are not required to disclose the nature of their disabilities to faculty, classmates, or staff beyond the DAC Office. The fact that a student has a disability, and receives accommodations, is information protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
If you have questions regarding a specific student, contact either the DAC staff member mentioned in the email you received. You can also contact the DAC by calling 360-650-3083 or sending us an email.
Students In Your Class
If you are wanting to review which specific accommodations a student has requested in your class you can either
- Login to the DAC Faculty Portal and review all requests for classes you teach (preferred).
- Check your email for a message from our office regarding a specific student. These emails are initiated by the student and is the first step in a student communicating to you.