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Academic Skills


Students who have a qualifying disability that may affect their pursuit of a Washington College education are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations.

Washington College students with disabilities, who desire to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations, must identify themselves and register with the OAS by following these steps:

  1. Complete the Disability Disclosure Form.
  2. Attach a copy of current, comprehensive documentation of the disability. Documentation of the disability must be from an appropriate professional source, verifying the nature of the disability, its functional impact, and the need for specific accommodations.
  3. Submit both the form and the documentation via mail, email, or fax to: Andrea Vassar, Director of Disability Services and the Office of Academic Skills, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620, FAX: 410-778-7884, avassar2@washcoll.edu.
  4. Schedule an initial appointment with Andrea Vassar through WCOnline by clicking here and selecting “OAS Academic Support” from the schedule menu.

The Director will review the documentation and will notify the student if it is complete or if additional information is needed. The documentation is confidential and will not be added to the student’s academic file. 

In order to ensure appropriate and reasonable accommodations, freshmen or new transfer students must visit the Office of Academic Skills (OAS) to meet with the Director before the first day of classes or as soon as possible during the first week of the semester. During this meeting the Director and student will review the necessary academic needs and accommodations for each course for the semester. The result of this meeting will be the “Accommodation Letter to the Professor,” a letter that aids the student and professor in the discussion of her/his academic accommodations. Some accommodations, such as audio textbooks or other assistive technologies, could take longer to arrange so the student should request these during the semester before they are needed.

Returning students can expedite this process by filling out the Accommodation Request Form prior to the first day of classes or as soon as possible during the first week of the semester.


Specific questions and concerns regarding documentation and accommodations should be directed to Andrea Vassar at 410-778-7883 or avassar2@washcoll.edu. All inquiries will be treated confidentially. 

For more information,  or call us at 410-778-7860.