Disability Services


Westminster College seeks to provide equal access in higher education to academically qualified students with physical, learning, and psychiatric disabilities. Disability Services works with departments throughout the college to help ensure that programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the college community.

Disability Services is located in the lower level of Giovale Library. If you have questions regarding services for students with disabilities, please call 801.832.2272, or email us disabilityservices@westminstercollege.edu

Accessing Services

Westminster College provides equal access to higher education for academically qualified students with physical, learning, or psychiatric disabilities. Disability Services works with departments throughout the college to help ensure that programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the college community.

Eligibility for services is determined by the coordinator who conducts a comprehensive initial appointment with each student. Students who request program eligibility are asked to describe the nature and impact of the disability and prior use of accommodations (if any) to clarify how it may interact with living and learning on campus. Submitting relevant professional documentation is important and is used to confirm eligibility and support requests for accommodations, academic modifications, and/or other aids. Once eligibility is established, students meet with the program coordinator or other disability services staff a minimum of once per semester to determine individualized accommodations.

Your Initial Appointment

Please print and complete the Student Self Report below and bring it with you to your initial appointment. Completing the form could take 20-60 minutes. This information will help us best assist you.

Please call 801.832.2272to set up a time to meet with our Coordinator of Disability Services, Karen Hicks. During this conversation Karen will review not only the Student Self Report but also any documentation you bring with you.

Request for Academic Accomodation


  • Student makes an appointment with the Coordinator of Disability Services by calling 801.832.2272.
  • Student needs to send appropriate documentation prior to scheduled appointment.  See ‘Guidelines for Documentations’ on this web site for what  constitutes appropriate documentation. Documentation can be sent via fax (801.832.3118) or email (disabiltyservices@westminstercollege.edu) .
  • The student should complete the Self-Report, which is found above.  Bring the completed Self-Report to the scheduled appointment.
  • Attend initial appointment during which we will discuss the student’s your condition and determine appropriate accommodations, which will then be outlined in your “Welcome Letter”.  You will receive a copy of this letter.
  • An “Accommodations Appointment” is scheduled for the week after classes begin.  During this appointment, we will review which accommodations are needed for particular classes during the current semester.  An accommodation appointment must occur every semester a student requests accommodations.
    • A student is officially registered with Disability Services when the Welcome Letter is complete.
    • Accommodations are in place for the semester on the date that Letters of Accommodations are signed and sent out by a Disability Services staff member. This occurs every semester.  Accommodations for the semester are valid from the date on the letter and are not retroactive.
    • Most accommodation requests are resolved during the initial appointment.  If there is an accommodation request that needs further review, this review will occur within 10 business days of the initial meeting.  In that case, an appointment shall be set to review the decision before the conclusion of the initial meeting.

  • Student makes an appointment with the Coordinator of Disability Services by calling 801.832.2272.
  • Student needs to send appropriate documentation prior to scheduled appointment.  See ‘Guidelines for Documentations’ on this web site for what constitutes appropriate documentation. Documentation can be sent via fax (801.832.3118) or email (disabiltyservices@westminstercollege.edu) .
  • Complete the Self-Report, which is found above.  Bring the completed Self-Report to the scheduled appointment.
  • Attend initial appointment during which we will discuss your condition and determine appropriate accommodations, which will then be outlined in your “Welcome Letter”.  You will receive a copy of this letter.
  • The Accommodations request is reviewed during this appointment and the student and the Coordinator of Disability Services (or their representative) will review which accommodations are needed for particular classes during the current semester. An accommodation appointment must occur every semester for which a student wants accommodations.
    • A student is officially registered with Disability Services when the Welcome Letter is complete.
    • Accommodations are in place for the semester when Letters of Accommodations are signed and sent out. This occurs every semester.  Accommodations for the semester are valid from the date on the letter and are not retroactive.
    • Most accommodation requests are resolved during the initial appointment.  If there is an accommodation request that needs reviewed, the review will occur within 10 business days of the initial meeting.  In that case, an appointment will be set to review the decision before the student leaves the initial meeting.  

During the course of a semester unexpected events can occur that may necessitate the need for a student to request ‘temporary’ academic accommodations. Unexpected events could include but are not limited to concussions and injury to any part of a student’s dominant arm or shoulder.  Below is the process a student must follow to receive temporary Academic Accommodations.

  • Student makes an appointment with the Coordinator of Disability Services by calling 801.832.2272.
  • Student needs to bring appropriate documentation to scheduled appointment.  See ‘Guidelines for Documentations’ on this web site for what constitutes appropriate documentation. Documentation can be sent via fax (801.832.3118) or email (disabiltyservices@westminstercollege.edu).
  • If possible, complete the Self-Report, which is found on the Disability Services website.  Bring the completed Self-Report to the scheduled appointment.  Due to the type of injury this may not be possible so it can be completed during the appointment.
  • Attend initial appointment during which we will discuss your condition, determine appropriate accommodations, and length of time for said accommodations, which will be outlined in your “Welcome Letter for Temporary Disability Registration.”  You will receive a copy of this letter.
  • The Accommodations request is reviewed during this appointment and the student and the Coordinator of Disability Services (or their representative) will review which accommodations are needed for particular classes during the current semester.
  • If the injury persists into a sub-sequence semester, new documentation must be provided and another meeting scheduled and the process repeated.  If the injury is severe enough for the student to become permanently registered with Disability Services, that must be stated in the documentation.
    • A student is officially registered with Disability Services when the Welcome Letter is complete.
    • Accommodations are in place for the semester when Letters of Accommodations are signed and sent out. Accommodations for the semester are valid from the date on the letter and are not retroactive.
    • Most accommodation requests are resolved during the initial appointment.  If there is an accommodation request that needs reviewed, the review will occur within 10 business days of the initial meeting.  In that case, an appointment will be set to review the decision before the student leaves the initial meeting.  

First-Year Students

First-year students may benefit from reading Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education, Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, a U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights brochure designed to help students understand the transition from the IDEA (K-12) to the ADA, as amended.

Transfer Students

Transfer students need to check with the disability services program at their current institution to find out how to transfer disability documentation.

Staff

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