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Experiential Education Manual
II. University Policies

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I.  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

1. Special Accommodations

Students requiring special accommodations due to a learning disability or physical limitation must notify the Dean of students prior to the end of the first week of classes. The student should meet with each instructor after the first class period or during the instructor’s office hours within the first week of class and discuss the specific accommodation options that have been recommended and how they will be adopted in his or her class.


SWOSU strives to endure the accessibility of all electronic publication to all individual in compliance with applicable laws, including Section, 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA).

To request equally effective accessible formatted material, contact the instructor prior to the end of the first week of classes.

If students are in need of high contract font colors, they need to follow these steps below in Canvas:

  1. Go to Personal Setting (Upper right-hand corner of screen)
  2. Click Edit Settings
  3. Turn on the Feature Option: Use High Contrast Styles
  4. Click Update Changes

For more information on SWOSU Service to Students with Disabilities, go to:

SWOSU students with disabilities link

2. Students with Disabilities

Services are available at SWOSU to insure access for students with varying mobility, visual or hearing disabilities, or learning disabilities.

If any member of the class feels that he/she has a disability and is in need of special academic accommodations, the instructor will work with the student and Student Services in order to provide reasonable accommodations.  This will help ensure that the student has an equal opportunity to perform in this class. The student will please advise the instructor of such disability and the desired accommodations at some point before, during, or immediately after the first scheduled class period.  Students needing accommodations should contact the Dean of Students at studentdean@swosu.edu. See webpage for additional information:  Dean of Students Disabilities Information

A disability is defined as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Examples of impairments that can have a substantial impact on a life function are visual impairment and blindness, hearing impairment and deafness, mobility impairment, learning disabilities, or chemical sensitivity. The impairment must be substantial to be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

All disabilities must be verified and documented through the Dean of Students Office. Documentation must:

  1. Verify the presence of a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits a major life activity or function
  2. Provide enough information to support reasonable accommodations that are appropriate and effective
  3. Include a copy of a diagnostic testing report verifying the disability and specific recommendations concerning the types of academic accommodations for which the student is eligible. All information must be within a five-year period

Once sufficient documentation is on file the Dean of Students will develop reasonable accommodation for the student and notify specific faculty and/or departments with the information. Students must meet with the Dean of Students each semester for needs assessment.

A Vocational Rehabilitation Office is located at 1401 Lera Drive Suite 5, 580.772.5805. Any student attending SWOSU who has a physical or developmental impairment may make an application for vocational rehabilitation services. To make an application, a student can call or come to the office north of Route 66 frontage road. Please call for specific directions.

Policy from SWOSU Student Handbook:  SWOSU Student Handbook

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