Course Substitution Policies and Procedures for Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Request: Students requesting waivers or substitutions must contact the Director of the Learning Assistance Center to initiate a formal request.
  • Documentation: Students requesting course substitutions must be registered with the Learning Assistance Center and have on-file current and comprehensive documentation from a qualified professional.
    • The documentation should explicitly state the need for substitution or waiver of specific course requirements and why it is needed.
    • The Director of the Learning Assistance Center will review the student's documentation and prepare a synopsis and recommendation to the Course Waivers and Substitutions Committee.
  • Committee: A committee on Course Waivers and Substitutions will be comprised of the Dean of the Center for Adult and Part Time Students, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Social Sciences, the Dean of the Williams College of Business, and the Director of the Learning Assistance Center.
    • The Dean of the Center for Adult and Part Time Students chairs the committee and will organize the meetings at the request of the Director of the Learning Assistance Center.
    • The committee, if not satisfied with the documentation, may request further testing and evaluation from qualified professionals at the university's expense.
    • The committee may request additional input from qualified professionals regarding the feasibility of waivers and substitutions. (i.e. input from a department chair on the nature and role of a class in a course of study).
  • Notification: The Director of the Learning Assistance Center will notify the student, in writing, of the decision regarding course waivers and substitutions within one week of the committee's decision.
    • The Chair of the committee will contact the University Registrar and inform him/her of the waiver or substitution granted.
  • Right of Appeal: Students have the right to appeal the committee'sdecision. Students who wish such a review must make the request, in writing, to the Director of the Learning Assistance Center. The Director will forward the request to the Academic Vice President for his review. The Academic Vice President will notify the student, in writing, of his decision within 30 days of the request for review.