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Current Students: Webster Groves Campus and Online

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is committed to providing equal access to education for the Webster University community by ensuring that students with documented disabilities receive the support and accommodations they need for academic access. The Academic ADA Coordinator works with students to create reasonable accommodations that meet their individual needs.

To find out more about accommodations, please contact:

Nellie Hopmann, M.Ed.
Academic ADA Coordinator
314-246-7700
disability@webster.edu

Steps to Receive ADA Accommodations

After you enroll at Webster and decide you would like to affiliate with the ARC to implement accommodations, you will follow the steps provided below to ensure your disability-related needs are met in your classes. It is always suggested that students affiliate prior to the beginning of a semester or term; however, you are welcome to affiliate with our office to determine appropriate accommodations at any point in during your enrollment with the University.

  1. Contact the Academic ADA Coordinator

    Contact the Academic ADA Coordinator at 314-246-7700 or disability@webster.edu to set up an initial meeting. It is ideal to set up a meeting before the semester starts but accommodations may be requested at any time, so you may request a meeting at any point in time that you are enrolled at Webster.
  2. Prepare for Your Meeting

    Fill out the online Request for Accommodations form. Submit documentation to the Academic ADA Coordinator verifying your disability, diagnosis, or condition. This documentation may consist of any of the following items:

    • An IEP or 504 plan.
    • A diagnostic evaluation.
    • A letter from a qualified health professional who can explain your disability and how these challenges may impact your participation and performance in an academic setting.
  3. Meet with the Academic ADA Coordinator

    Although your disability information will be kept confidential when communicating with your instructors, your personal experiences with your disability are an important part of determining what accommodations are appropriate to support your needs. We will discuss what has and has not worked for you in the past in meeting these needs. We will also discuss your past needs and how your present needs may be different from what you have experienced in the past, in relation to your disability. Then, we will determine appropriate accommodations, and you will sign a Release of Information form enabling the University to send an ADA accommodations letter to your professors.
  4. Next Steps

    Following your meeting with the Academic ADA Coordinator, a designee from the ARC will send an ADA accommodations letter to you and your instructors. Once you receive your letter, talk to your instructors. It is important to communicate with your instructors to ensure your letter of ADA accommodations was received and to have a conversation about your needs in each of your classes. If you need help in speaking with your instructors about your accommodations, reach out to the Academic ADA Coordinator for support.

    Once you affiliate with the ARC to implement accommodations, your letter of ADA accommodations will be sent to you and your instructors at the beginning of every term and/or semester in which you are enrolled at Webster. At any point in time you are welcome to reach out the Academic ADA Coordinator to make adjustments to your letter of ADA accommodations. If/once adjustments are made, a new letter of ADA accommodations will be sent to you and your instructors.

Temporary Accommodations

Temporary accommodations are typically provided for students experiencing a short-term physical injury (e.g., torn ACL or broken bone). Students who require temporary accommodations should contact the Academic ADA Coordinator to discuss their needs and accommodations.

Academic and Behavioral Standards

Neither academic nor behavioral standards will be lowered for students with disabilities. Decisions regarding class waivers are made by departmental chairs and deans of the governing school in collaboration with the Academic ADA Coordinator.

Campus Accessibility

Applicable disability law permits campuses to fulfill their accessibility obligations in one of two ways: 1) By rendering all buildings accessible or 2) by scheduling classes for those students who require accessible classrooms only in accessible buildings. Webster University fulfills its obligation via the second option.

Grievance Procedure

If you feel your accommodations have not been met, please discuss the concern with your instructor. If no resolution is reached, or if you do not feel comfortable speaking with your instructor, please reach out to the Academic ADA Coordinator for support.

In the event that you wish to file a grievance, please refer to the University Grievance Policy.