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Department of Disability Services

DDS Rights and Responsibilities at WSSU  - Faculty/Students/DDS

Department of Disability Services

DDS Rights


  • Receive the appropriate documentation from the student prior to the services initiation.


  • Expect students and faculty to work cooperatively with DDS to facilitate academic accommodations.
  • Deny unreasonable academic accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary services. Accommodations must not impose undue hardship to, or fundamentally alter, a program or activity of the university.
  • Deny academic accommodations/services if appropriate documentation has not been provided.

DDS Responsibilities


  • Collect, evaluate, securely house disability documentation and determine eligibility for services.


  • Treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential medical information.
  • Meet with the student privately in an accessible location to discuss disability-related needs.
  • Accommodations:
  • Administer exams as directed in a secure and monitored environment when all other options have been explored.
  • Provide appropriate accommodations in collaboration with the instructor and student.
  • Provide print materials in accessible format once the faculty member and student identifies them.


  • Communicate procedures clearly to the student and the faculty.


  • Assist students with disabilities in understanding their strengths and functional limitations. Provide them with the skills to become self-advocate.