Reasonable Accommodations for Study Abroad

Policy Statement

Washburn University School of Law strives to assure equal access and full participation by persons with disabilities. If you require services because of a disability, you may notify Aida Alaka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in Room 203, or email her at aida.alaka@washburn.edu. This voluntary self-identification allows the University to prepare any necessary and appropriate support services to facilitate your learning.

Disability Services Officer

For study abroad students, any requests for exam accommodations should be directed to Dean Alaka and should be made at least eight weeks before departure, in order to allow adequate time to document and process the request.

If you wish to appeal the accommodation determination for a Study Abroad program, you may contact the Equal Opportunity Office via e-mail at: eodirector@washburn.edu to file a complaint.

Reasonable Accommodations

Please note that all requests for services and accommodations must be supported by the documentation on file and be reasonable and appropriate within the limits set forth by state and federal law and University procedure. The University will make efforts to assist students with finding reasonable accommodations to participate in the program. The accommodations cannot fundamentally alter the nature of a course or program of study or present an undue hardship for either Washburn University or the host institution.

Although many countries are becoming more aware of the needs of people with disabilities, not all countries have similar laws and accessible infrastructure/services. Consequently, requests which may be reasonable in a domestic context may not fall into that category in the international context in light of available resources. The following recommendations are for students to consider when contemplating study abroad:

  • Research possible accommodations in other countries such as accessible housing, public transportation, assistive technology, admission of service animals, etc.
  • Research alternative study abroad options in countries where appropriate accommodations may be more readily available.

Approved February 5, 2013; updated October 19, 2016.