Office of Accessibility Services

Accessibility at Potomac State College of WVU

At Potomac State College, our mission is to help all of our students discover their own greatness. As part of the College's student-centered outlook, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic potential-regardless of any physical, learning, psychological, psychiatric, or other documented disabilities.

Reasonable accommodations are provided for PSC students who have temporary or permanent disabilities and are based on the documented needs of each individual. As part of West Virginia University's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Accessibility Services takes your needs seriously. Everyone on campus, from your professors to our counselors, van and bus drivers, and administrators, will do their best to help you get a great education.

For all potential students, acceptance to PSC is based on meeting the current admission criteria, with the same standards applied to every applicant, regardless of a disability. To apply, phone 800-262-7332 or 304-788-6820.  If you have a question about disability services, please call the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-788-6936 or 304-293-6700 or send an e-mail to access2@mail.wvu.edu .

Once you have been accepted to PSC, please contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible so that your specific requirements can be met. It is important to plan for accommodations ahead of time. You must submit appropriate documentation that meets College policy and criteria. Please submit a cover letter that explains your needs along with your documentation. Plan to meet with a Disability Services counselor, who will work with you to set up a program of accommodations. If the Office of Accessibility Services is not contacted in a timely manner, it may be impossible to provide assistance at the last minute.

At the beginning of each semester, you must contact the Office of Disability Services to make arrangements. Please notify us immediately if you encounter any difficulty with your accommodations. All information provided about your condition is confidential and is stored separately from your other records. Information is not released without your prior consent or an appropriate court order.

What We Do

Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive accommodations, based upon documented significant functional limitations. Accommodations are tailored to the individual rather than the disability, so students with the same disabilities may vary greatly in the kind of assistance required. A partial list of available services is given below.


Possible Accommodations

* Suggestions for class scheduling

* Enlarged reading materials

* Informing faculty of a student's needs, as requested by the student

* Priority preregistration

* Physical classroom accommodations

* Classroom relocation

* Accessible transportation for class-related activities

* Temporary accessible parking

* Verifying documentation for housing accommodations

* Sign language interpreters and/or auxiliary aids

* Consulting/referrals to rehabilitation services agencies

* Referrals for arrangements for specific dietary needs

* Referrals for speech and hearing evaluations

* Referrals to counseling and psychological services

* Referrals to PSC Student Health Services

* Referrals to the Career Services Center

* Referrals for diagnostic evaluations

* Referrals to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)

* Referrals to Student Support Services

* Referrals for access to assistive technology in academic computing labs

Documentation

Students are responsible for providing appropriate documentation of their disabilities, which usually comes from a physician, psychologist, or other licensed professional. The documentation must clearly state a current diagnosis and specific functional limitations, and provide test data that substantiates a "significant impairment" in functioning.

Specific information for the documentation of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, psychological/psychiatric disorders, physical/medical disorders, traumatic brain injury, housing, vision, and deafness is available upon request.

Students without documentation who are experiencing learning problems may meet with a Disability Services counselor to discuss possible academic assistance and how to obtain the necessary documentation.

Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, and Psychological/Psychiatric Disorders 

It is very important that students with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and psychological or psychiatric disorders contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible upon admission to the College. In order to receive disability-related accommodations, appropriate documentation must be provided for review in order to determine eligibility. This documentation must include a psycho educational evaluation administered and reported by a licensed psychologist. The report must document a specific disability and significant functional limitations based upon documented test scores. Additionally, the report must be current, indicating present functional limitations. Although there are no separate classes or programs for students with disabilities, support services are available.


Students' Rights and Responsibilities

Rights

* Information in accessible formats

* Confidentiality-information about a student's disability will not be disclosed without the written authorization of the student unless required by law or a need-to-know basis

* An equal opportunity to learn

* Reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services determined on an individual basis

Responsibilities

* Compliance with the PSC Code of Student Conduct

* Timely registration with Accessibility Services, with appropriate documentation

* Adherence to policies and procedures

* Following specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations


PSC's Responsibilities

* To establish and identify standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities and to evaluate students by these standards

* To define reasonable accommodation or service and choose equally effective accommodation and services

* To establish guidelines and criteria required for the documentation of specific disabilities

* To select among equally effective and appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student

* To respect the privacy of students

* To provide students with reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services

* To provide courses, services, programs, facilities, and activities that are reasonably available and usable

* To provide information to students in accessible formats

Defining Disabled  

To meet the adult criteria of a disability pursuant to federal law, you must provide documentation of how the significant impairment "substantially" limits your functioning. A significant impairment is defined as "below-average functioning."

If you have received accommodations in a public school system, an individual education plan (IEP) or 504 plan is not documentation of a disability for the purposes of acquiring college-level accommodations. At the college/university level, the standards of documentation are different, and accommodations may be different. Additional documentation may be necessary.

Confidentiality

Communication with faculty members, parents, or other service providers occurs only with the student's written permission.

Whatever the situation, and whatever level of assistance is needed, we hope that you will take advantage of the services offered at PSC. Working together, we can enrich your college experience and help you create a great future.



For further information, contact:

Office of Accessibility Services
Potomac State College of WVU
Mary F. Shipper Library
Room G5A
Keyser, WV  26726

304-788-6936
304-293-6700
Fax: 304-293-3861

access2@mail.wvu.edu