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Student Disability Accommodations

Western New England University School of Law recognizes that each person has a unique learning style and individual physical needs. Through the Office of Student Affairs, the School of Law assists students with challenges in developing strategies to participate fully in the law school experience. Our goal is to help students become independent learners with the skills and abilities to take full responsibility for their own academic success.

Upon admission to the law school, students with physical, psychological, and/or learning disabilities (who can show current documentation less than three years old) can request academic accommodations through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning. Participation is strictly voluntary. The School of Law admission process is independent from consideration of student disabilities.

The student reviews disability issues and academic needs with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning. Appropriate accommodations based upon submitted documentation, on a class-by-class basis, are discussed. Such accommodations might include extended time for exams and papers, peer note takers in the class, exams given in a distraction free setting, audio taping of class lectures, alternative testing formats, sign interpreters, books on tape, etc.

At the request of the student, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning will work with the faculty to accommodate the needs of the student. In addition, students are offered a service of regular meetings to monitor accommodations and academic progress.

How would a student inquire about services

Inquire as soon as possible! The sooner the inquiry after admission occurs, the sooner the student can register with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning and discuss appropriate academic accommodations for the upcoming semester. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning can provide a list of possible evaluation sites if needed.

Student Responsibility

  • To disclose a disability to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning in a timely manner when requesting academic accommodations.
  • To provide appropriate, current documentation supporting the disability. The documentation must include a report from a qualified professional identifying the disability and indicating academic recommendations. A high school Individual Education Plan is not sufficient for a complete documentation file.
  • To understand the attendance policy and attend classes unless illness or emergency prevents them from doing so.
  • To meet the academic requirements of their courses and of their majors.
  • To assess the extent to which the accommodations agreed upon and implemented for the semester are meeting their needs and share their conclusions with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning.

University Responsibility

Through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning, the law school provides a variety of services to students with disabilities based on individual documentation and need. The responsibility of the law school is to provide reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis and to afford equal opportunity for student participation in the institution’s programs, activities, and services.