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Getting Started

New students seeking access to accommodations and/or services are encouraged to contact DSS prior to or upon admission; there is no automatic referral from Admissions or other GW offices. Eligibility may be established at any time; however students are expected to disclose their needs in a timely manner. The University has no legal obligation to recognize any student as having a disability, nor provide accommodations, until that student has established eligibility with this office.

To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services, all students must:

Establish Eligibility

Please note: The documentation must be current and relevant, substantiate how the condition impacts the student in a postsecondary academic environment, and illustrate a connection between the impact of the disability and the requested accommodation.

  • For incoming freshmen and transfer students, once their materials have been received and reviewed, they will be notified of their eligibility status and accommodations plan by mail and informed of an orientation session to be held the first week of the semester. During this meeting, students will learn how to access the accommodations and/or services for which they are eligible, review DSS policies and procedures, and have an opportunity to ask any further questions. Those unable to attend must schedule an individual orientation session with the Director or Associate Director at the start of the semester by calling 202-994-8250.

  • Returning students, or those students new to campus, should bring their completed DSS Registration Form and documentation to the DSS office for review and schedule a follow-up appointment with the Assoc. Director to discuss their needs, review policies and procedures for the accommodations plan developed, and learn how to access those services.

  • Professional School students, i.e., Law and Medicine/Health Sciences, should submit their completed DSS Registration Form and documentation to the DSS office for review and, if possible, schedule a follow-up appointment with the Assoc. Director to discuss their personal situation. The accommodations to be available are then often implemented directly through their school, via a liaison in Student Affairs.

Request Accommodations Each Term

  • At a student's request, DSS prepares an individualized letter to professor which notes their eligibility for accommodations. Students are required to make an appointment with their professors early on in the semester to present this letter, discuss any particular academic implications of their disability, and arrange for specific course accommodations.
  • The Letter to Professor Request Form is available online and can be submitted electronically. Students must submit a new request for letters each semester.
  • Students will receive email notification when their letters are available for pick-up.

Please note: Professors are not obligated to meet a request for accommodations without prior notification of the need.

We also encourage prospective students inquiring about the support available at GW to contact the Director or Associate Director and/or arrange for a meeting when visiting the campus. If you have any immediate questions, please contact dss@gwu.edu.







Disability Support Services - The George Washington University
Disability Support Services - The George Washington University
Disability Support Services - The George Washington University
  Last updated August 13, 2014 12:30pm