As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, Western Carolina University provides
educational opportunities to residents of the state’s western region and attracts
students from around the globe to explore the area’s vast resources.
At Western Carolina University, we view our admissions process as our opportunity
to build the community that defines our institution. We look for people eager to explore
and ready to redefine success.
Programs and courses at Western Carolina are designed to provide hands-on, applied
experience. Students engage with communities across the region as they practice their
profession in real-world environments.
Western Carolina’s unique mountain location helps fuel a vibrant campus community
with more than 170 student clubs and organizations as well as a busy performing arts
calendar and the campus’s own adventure guide service.
Western Carolina is home to 16 Southern Conference athletic teams with more than 375
student athlete competitors. WCU strives to inspire student-athletes to compete like
champions on the field and in the classroom.
Western Carolina was founded to serve the region it calls home, and that has not changed.
WCU continues to focus on regional development initiatives, engaged service and community
programs. It also partners with alumni and donors to ensure access to higher education
for deserving students in the region and beyond.
At Western Carolina University, accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis
via an interactive intake meeting and takes into consideration the functional impact
of the student's documented disability. Students utilize Accommodation Letters to
inform faculty of their approved accommodations.
Accommodations are intended to reduce and eliminate barriers in the learning environment,
supporting students with disabilities having equal access. Accommodations should not
be interpreted as an alteration of academic standards and only become active when
faculty receive the student's accommodation letter. It is the student's responsibility
to provide their accommodation letters to faculty and as appropriate, to share helpful
information. OAR staff will be available to meet with students and faculty upon request.
Beginning in Fall 2020 and in alignment with WCU Community Standards and physical distancing practices, the OAR emailed students their accommodation letters.
Guidance has been provided to students to send an introductory email with their attached
accommodation letter to their course instructors and faculty.
Alternative Format Textbooks are textbooks that can come in various formats and are
created in an electronic format for students to read using assistive technology software
When possible, the Office of Accessibility Resources encourages students with an Alternative
Format Textbook (AFT) accommodation to establish personal accounts with resources
such as Bookshare. Two to three weeks before each semester, students can send an email with their name
and 92# to email@example.com to request a list of their textbooks. The WCU Bookstore will email the student a
list of books, including the author, title, and ISBN. Students with the alternative
format textbook accommodation submit a request to the OAR to fulfill their alternative format textbook order.
Some accommodations require helpful guidance and agreement between the student and
the faculty. Typically, a student with the flexibility to attendance/assignment accommodation
have a disability which is a chronic condition with random or cyclical acute episodes
having functional impacts on class participation. Flexibility with attendance/assignment
accommodations should be established in advance, not retroactively. Documentation
with this accommodation must be updated annually unless otherwise noted.
A special agreement and understanding between the student and faculty can be helpful
as this accommodation is not intended to allow for unlimited absences, and does not
alleviate the student from the expected course standards. It is recommended that the
student and faculty use the Guidance and Agreement for “Flexibility with Attendance/Assignment” form and questions #1-4 to clarify the student’s participation expectation in the course,
process to notify the faculty of such absences, and procedure for turning in, and/or
making-up related assignments and tests.
Office of Accessibility Resources Suite 137 Killian Annex Cullowhee, NC 28723 828.227.3886 tel 828.227.7320 fax firstname.lastname@example.org