University Resources that Support Learning and Student Development
- Academic Resources
In addition to faculty advising, each student is encouraged to utilize the expertise of the faculty and student life staff to develop a curricular and cocurricular program that is consistent with his or her goals. You are also encouraged to reflect on your goals, academic plan, and cocurricular activities and modify them to acquire the required capabilities for effective citizenry, leadership, and a life of learning. You may discuss these plans with your deans, faculty advisors, and with members of the administrative support staff.
We take great pride in the broad range of academic resources provided to enhance your experience. Each Wesleyan student has to adjust to change and respond to academic, social, and cultural changes. As you think about your goals and needs, and how to respond appropriately to new experiences and challenges, please use this section of the Student Handbook to identify people, services, and programs that will help you develop effective strategies and appropriate decision-making.
- Office of International Student Affairs
Associate Dean of International Student Affairs: Alice Hadler, Butterfield B, Room 310, extension 2832.
The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) assists international students in adjusting to life at Wesleyan. The office facilitates their transition to full and active participation in campus life and in the Middletown Community. A key priority is providing assistance to students by identifying University and other resources that will help them achieve their academic and personal goals. The office also supports and promotes students' ideas for programs and initiatives that contribute to the vibrant cross-cultural learning that is a key component of Wesleyan's global engagement.
Please go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/immigration/ for information on United States Immigration and Naturalization Services, which includes issuing and signing immigration documents such as the I-20 Form and the Occupational Practical Training form.
- Office for Diversity and Student Engagement
Dean for Diversity and Student Engagement: Renee Johnson-Thornton, North College, Room 122, extension 2272.
The Office for Diversity and Student Engagement provides opportunities and resources for students that complement their academic pursuits and engage their interests, passions, and ideas for enhancing the campus climate. Initiatives include a diversity and academic advancement fund, mentoring program, and difficult dialogues forum. For more information visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/odaa and difficultdialogues.blogs.wesleyan.edu.
- Resources for Students with Learning and Physical Disabilities
Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources and Disabilities: Sarah Lazare, serves as the coordinator of services for students with learning and physical disabilities. Contact her at: North College, Room 021/022, ext. 2332 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesleyan University is committed to supporting all students in their academic and co-curricular endeavors. Each semester, a significant number of students document disabilities, which may require learning, sight, hearing, manual, speech, or mobility accommodations to ensure access to education, housing, and recreation. Although Wesleyan does not offer special academic programs for individuals with disabilities, the University does provide services and reasonable accommodations to all students who need and have a legal entitlement to such accommodations.
- Learning Disabilities
Students with documented learning disabilities are encouraged to meet with Dean Lazare at the beginning of each semester. Students, who request accommodations, are required to provide documentation of their disabilities and to discuss how appropriate accommodations may assist them in participating in courses and fulfilling course requirements. In addition, Dean Lazare will discuss other types of academic support and services available to all Wesleyan students, such as tutoring programs and writing support through the Writing Workshop.
Testing to diagnose learning disabilities is not provided on campus. A student who would like to be tested for a learning disability should make an appointment to meet with Dr. Philippa Coughlan, director of the Office of Behavioral Health for Students. After the consultation, a student may choose to schedule an evaluation by an external expert professional who is qualified to diagnose learning disabilities. The evaluation should include a comprehensive report with recommendations for addressing the disability.
- Physical Disabilities
Students with physical disabilities, who require accommodation, must speak with Dean Lazare and provide pertinent medical information useful for determining appropriate accommodations or modifications. Dean Lazare works with various offices on campus to arrange reasonable accommodations. Making accommodations for students with physical disabilities can be an involved process that requires considerable advance notice, even a semester in advance. For example, accommodations could include coordinating classroom locations, securing sign language interpreters, procuring class materials in alternate formats.
- Notification to Instructors
Students requesting accommodations from faculty should have received prior approval for the accommodation from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. After a student provides the required documentation to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and meets with the appropriate dean, the dean will provide letters addressed to instructors, which indicate the appropriate accommodation. However, students are expected to assume the responsibility to ask for and obtain those approved services and/or accommodations that will help them achieve their goals.
- Accommodations Currently Used for Learning and/or Physical Disabilities
Following are examples of accommodations provided to students:
- Extra time for exams and timed assignments (arranged by student with instructor).
- Space free of environmental distractions for exams (arranged by instructor).
- Printed material, including books, in alternate formats.
- Tape recording classes (student is responsible for providing equipment).
- Notetakers. Students are responsible for finding notetakers in a class or asking professors for notes. (Notetakers can be paid for their services by the University, but the student is responsible for obtaining the notes.)
- Readers. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs employs readers for students when necessary.
- Sign language interpreters.
- Relocation of class or university events to an accessible space.
- Support Technologies Currently Available
Assistive technologies available on campus include:
- Laptop Computer for in-class exam use.
- Assistive listening devices (available in some classrooms).
- Voice Recognition Software
- JAWS Software: converts text to voice
- Computing Labs: computers in some labs are equipped with head phones and mics.
- Academic Support Services
The following services are available to assist all students, including students with disabilities:
- Writing Workshop Peer Mentoring Program: This program is open to all students and is directed by Anne Greene. Students with disabilities are encouraged to use writing mentors, a special program funded by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
- Math Workshops
- Time Management Workshops
- Student tutors for individual courses when needed.