The Washington College of Law is committed to making all of its educational opportunities accessible to students with disabilities by providing them with reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, students are encouraged to notify the school of their disability as early as possible once enrolled as students at WCL. The notification and accommodation request process is confidential.
The Office of Student Affairs works closely with the Academic Support and Access Center on main campus to coordinate a variety of services for students with disabilities. Services vary according to the type and level of impairment experienced by each student. To ensure that appropriate accommodations are received in a timely manner, students should follow the following general procedure in their request for accommodations:
- Contact Deborah Demille-Wagman at the Academic Support and Access Center to meet with her and discuss your request for accommodations. Students seeking accommodations will be asked to fill out paperwork and/or provide documentation of their disability. For more information on guidelines for documentation of disabilities, please see HERE.
- Academic Support and Access Center will recommend a plan of accommodation based on evaluation of documentation provided and discussion with students. The recommended accommodations will be forwarded to Anita Padmanabhan, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, who is responsible for implementing accommodations for law students with disabilities.
- Contact Anita Padmanabhan at the Office of Student Affairs to meet with her and discuss your recommended accommodations and policies for the implementation of accommodations.
The Office of Student Affairs handles the implementation of accommodations for all law classes and the administration of exams for all law students with disabilities. All accommodations will be implemented in a manner that seeks to assure confidentiality. Students with disabilities are expected to comply fully with all examination policies.
If you are seeking accommodations from WCL for the first time, recommended accommodations from the Academic Support and Access Center to the Office of Student Affairs must be received on or before the last day of classes for a given fall, spring, or summer term. If an accommodations plan is received after the last day of classes by the Office of Student Affairs or a request for accommodations is made after this day, accommodations cannot be provided for the current academic term, but may be implemented for the following academic term.