Offices & Services

Disability Services

Meal Plan Modifications/Exemptions

Washington College affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential aspect of the undergraduate experience. A meal plan is required of on-campus students to develop a sense of community that arises from table sharing in this environment. 

Students with disabilities and/or health conditions with medically necessary dietary needs may request meal plan modifications as an accommodation.  If the accommodation is approved, these modifications will be provided by Dining Services. If they are unable to provide reasonable meal plan modifications, the student may be granted an exemption and released from the meal plan. The student may be partially or fully reimbursed for the meal plan costs depending on the circumstances. All requests for meal plan accommodations are made through Disability Services in the Office of Academic Skills (OAS). Information regarding requesting accommodations can be found at this link - https://www.washcoll.edu/offices/disability-services/students/ .

The specific process for requesting a meal plan accommodations is as follows:

  1. The student must complete the Public Accommodation Request Form found at this link - https://washcoll-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/ .
  2. Along with the form, the student must provide supporting documentation by having their health care provider** complete and submit the Accessibility Accommodation Documentation* form directly to Disability Services using the contact information below: 

Andrea Vassar, M.Ed.
Director of Disability Services and Office of Academic Skills
Washington College | 300 Washington Avenue | Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 410.778.7883 | FAX: 410.778.7884 |  

  1. Within 5 business days after receipt of the form and the supporting documentation, you will be contacted via email with instructions for scheduling an initial meeting.
  2. At this meeting, the student’s accommodation request and documentation form will be discussed and additional information may be requested.
  3. Within 5 business days***of the initial meeting, the student will receive a decision letter.

If the meal plan modification/exemption accommodation request is denied, the student has the right to appeal the decision in writing to the Associate Provost of Academic Services at the contact information below:

Dr. Andrea Lange
Associate Provost of Academic Services
Washington College | 300 Washington Avenue | Chestertown, MD 21620 
Phone: 410.778.7206 | FAX: 410.778.7850 | alange2@washcoll.edu 

*A copy of this form can be found at this link - https://www.washcoll.edu/live/files/7875-accessibility-accommodation-documentation-form-pdf.

** The form must be filled out by a licensed physician who specializes in the field consistent with the diagnosis, i.e. the College will not accept documentation from a psychiatrist for a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal disorder.  To avoid any conflict of interest, documentation must be provided by non-family health care providers.

*** It may take longer than 5 business days if the Accessibility Accommodation Documentation Form is incomplete or additional information must be obtained from the physician. The student will be notified in writing of the reason for any delays.  

 

If you need to request any documents on this webpage in an alternative accessible format (Braille, digital, audio, or large print) please contact Andrea Vassar at 410.778.7883 or avassar2@washcoll.edu.

If you have difficulty accessing any portions of this page with adaptive technology, please contact Taylor Fields at 410.810.5841or tfields3@washcoll.edu.