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Accommodations and Auxiliary Aids

Accommodations and Auxiliary Aids

The Student Accessibility Resource Center is pleased to offer numerous services to our registered students. Below is an alphabetical listing of our most common services. Please contact us if you are interested in a service that is not listed or you are interested in more information about the described services.

  • Advocacy
  •  Assistive Technology
  •  Books to CD
  •  Captioning
  •  Computer Lab
  •  Sign Language Interpreting
  •  Note Taking
  •  Priority Registration
  •  Test Accommodations
  •  Video Phone



SARC encourages students to try and resolve any disability-related access problems directly with their instructor. We are here to help guide students through the communication between themselves and an instructor should an issue arise. 

Assistive Technology

SARC offers a variety of software and technological devices to enhance your learning experience at WKU. These include but are not limited to JAWS, Read Write Gold, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Talking Calculators, Intellikeys Adaptive Keyboard, Orbit Trackball Mouse, and Zoom Text Screen Magnifier.

Books to CD

Students can bring in textbooks and their receipts, and SARC will transfer them to books on CD. These CDs can be used in conjunction with programs such as Read Write Gold. Students are asked to bring in their textbooks before the beginning of each semester to ensure a timely return of those books.


Captionists provide speech-to-text services for students who prefer real time text in the classroom. The captionist will use C-print software to convert instructors’ and students’ spoken language into written text that can be viewed via a laptop screen. 

Computer Lab

Within SARC, we offer our students access to both PC and Mac computers. The lab is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. It is open to any of our students for internet access and printing.

Course Substitution

A student who has registered with Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) and submitted appropriate documentation of a disability that may impact performance in a specific discipline may request an exception to a degree requirement (major, minor or general education course). Exceptions based upon disabilities may be made by substituting a course for the requirement; however, the requirement shall not be waived based upon the disability. The appeal will be reviewed and resolved by the Student Accessibility Resource Center Academic Appeals Committee.

Student Accessibility Resource Center Academic Appeals Policy (.pdf)

Note Taking

Notetakers are available to students free of charge and are paid $150 a semester for the first class and $100 for each additional course. If a student has qualified to receive a notetaker, that student is responsible for securing a notetaker within each class. If a student cannot find a notetaker, he or she should reach out to the instructor to have an announcement made asking for a volunteer. If no one volunteers, the instructor may suggest possible student(s) to ask. If a notetaker can still not be found, the student should contact SARC for additional assistance.

Priority Registration

Students may qualify for early access to the TopNet course registration system for the purposes of creating class schedules. Priority registration is designed to assist students with disability-related needs in securing the necessary accommodations for equal access to academic courses and to provide S.A.R.C. staff time to arrange assistive technology, captioning, interpreting, note-taking, or other academic adaptations. Eligibility to receive priority registration is determined on a case-by-case basis. Students are required to submit the appropriate documentation that priority registration is a justifiable accommodation to ensure equal access.

Sign Language Interpreting

Interpreters facilitate communication among instructors, hearing students and deaf students in classes and academically related activities. WKU uses licensed interpreters who can interpret into a variety of sign systems such as American Sign Language and Signed English. More information can be found on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing page.

Test Accommodations

Testing accommodations, such as extended time, quiet room, and use of the computer assisted technology lab, are provided for all registered students. SARC has strict guidelines that need to be followed in order to schedule exam accommodations. Click here to access the Testing Guidelines and Forms.

Video Phone

WKU has several video phones established across campus (Helm Library, SARC office, ASL lab in Tate Page, and Mass Media Technology). Most of these are open to the public. If you will be living on campus, you can request a video phone to be set up free of charge in your room. Please contact our office to begin this process.

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 Last Modified 1/30/15