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Course Substitution Policy

The hallmark of the Western New England University experience is an unwavering focus on, and attention to, each student’s academic and personal development. As an integral part of a liberal arts education, students are expected to take courses in several subjects and areas, such as literature, mathematics, science and history, to ensure that each student receives a truly holistic education.

Western New England University recognizes that each person has a unique learning style and individual physical needs and therefore recognizes its responsibility to provide equal access to opportunities for person with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. All members of the Western New England University community work together to ensure equal access for students with disabilities so that they may participate fully in the college experience.

For students with a documented disability, fulfilling certain course requirements may be impossible. Although Western New England University does not grant exemptions or waivers for general course requirements, qualified students may request to complete an approved alternative course to fulfill the intent of a requirement.

Students with a documented disability who wish to request a course substitution for an approved alternative course:

  • Should consult with the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) and submit appropriate documentation of the disability and evidence of substantial impact on the condition, manner and duration of performance in the subject area. This should be done before attempting the course, as accommodations are not retroactive.

  • The Office of Student Disability Services will verify the documentation and determine whether it meets the requirements for course substitution.