Webster does not provide the extensive medical and psychological testing required for the diagnosis of disabling conditions; therefore, students must obtain their disability documentation from outside sources.
In the case of freshmen who have received accommodations in high school, this generally involves a transition evaluation conducted by their high school district.
Students with documented disabilities who return to Webster after an absence of a year or more must notify either the Academic Resource Center assistant director/ADA coordinator or their local site director in order to review and continue any accommodations. We routinely store documentation and accommodation information for five years after a student has stopped taking classes at Webster.
At the Webster Groves Campus, Webster University charges the Academic Resource Center (ARC) with helping admitted students with documented disabilities to acquire the accommodations, auxiliary aids, and modifications required to afford them access to information and opportunity for success in mainstream Webster programs equal to that enjoyed by Webster students without such disabilities.
The ARC is also charged with monitoring, and overseeing the delivery of services to admitted students with disabilities at the Webster Groves Campus.
At extended Webster sites, the Academic Resource Center assistant director/ADA coordinator acts as a consultant to site directors or their designees as they help admitted students with disabilities acquire the accommodations, auxiliary aids, and modifications required to afford them access to information and opportunity for success in mainstream site programs equal to that enjoyed by site students without such disabilities. The site directors or their designees monitor and oversee the delivery of services.
Students with disabilities of a temporary nature, such as a broken leg, may also apply to the Academic Resource Center for accommodations.
Decisions regarding waivers of classes are made by Departmental Chairs and Deans of the governing School.
Performance of Students with Disabilities
Neither academic nor behavioral standards will be lowered for students with disabilities. Teaching and testing strategies, however, will be modified to meet their academic needs and instructors will be given strategies for dealing with specific student behaviors that occur with particular disabilities (e.g., Tourette's and Asberger Syndromes, or Bipolar Disorder).
Applicable disability law permits campuses to fulfill their accessibility obligations in one of two ways: rendering all buildings accessible or scheduling classes for those students needing accessible classrooms only in accessible buildings. Webster University uses the second option.
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