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Disability Accommodations

This institution complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. In compliance with federal and state regulations, reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified students with disabilities.

A request for accommodation is deemed reasonable if the request:

The essential requirements of an academic course or program need not be modified to accommodate an individual with a disability.

Students whose accommodation requests are denied will not be discriminated or retaliated against if they appeal the decision. 

Disability Accommodation Process

It is the student’s responsibility to identify him/herself to the university as having a disability and to submit any required documentation prior to engaging in any activity for which accommodation is being requested. For example, a request to retake a test or course due to a disability will not be considered for a test or course that a student has already taken. Since the documentation and review process may take some time, currently diagnosed students should submit any requests for a disability accommodation as soon as they are admitted to a program and prior to registering for courses.


  1. Student submits a written statement to the DSA Office outlining his or her disability. Statements can be emailed to
  2. Student submits documentation on the disability and accommodation request that meets the Documentation Requirements set forth below.
  3. The DSA Officer will review the submitted documentation with the Disability Support Services Committee.
  4. The DSA Officer will notify the student in writing to the student’s email address on record with the university of the decision to grant or deny the request within fifteen (15) days of receipt of all required documentation. If further documentation is required, the DSA Officer will notify the student in writing to the student's email address on record of what further information is needed to consider the request.
  5. It is the student's responsibility to request an accommodation from an instructor and to supply the instructor with a copy of his/her official DSA Award Letter at least ten (10) days prior to the accommodation being needed (If the accommodation request is for a course extension, the DSA Award Letter should be submitted to the instructor at the time the course extension request form is submitted to the instructor.).
  6. Only necessary information regarding the approved accommodation will be shared with the instructor; no medical history or other sensitive information regarding the student will be released.

Appeal Process
A student whose disability accommodation request is denied or adjusted may submit an appeal in writing to the University Provost. The appeal must be made within fifteen (15)days of the accommodation being denied and should be emailed to

Documentation Requirements
Documentation to support a request for disability accommodation must be provided by the student and at the student’s expense. Such documentation must follow the guidelines listed below:




A student may deliver documentation to support a request for disability accommodation by any of the following means:

Fax to 304-724-0909

Scan and email to

Mail to: American Public University System 
             ATTN:  Disability Accommodations 
             10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
             Manassas, VA  20109

Disability Services Accommodation Officer Contact Information
Students should contact the DSA Officer at with any questions regarding disability accommodations and the procedures set forth above.

Julie Komisarcik
Director and Disability Officer
111 West Congress Street
Charles Town, WV 25414