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Disability Services

Students with documented disabilities are offered individual accommodations on a case-by-case basis with confidentiality in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  It is up to students with disabilities to seek out available resources on campus through Disability Services and to utilize individualized accommodations that support the opportunity to achieve academic success.

Students with documented disabilities are responsible for meeting with the Disability Services director at the start of each semester to develop an Accommodation Plan.  Students are responsible for providing current and comprehensive documentation of a visible or invisible disability, for requesting specific accommodations, and for following the procedures for utilizing any accommodations. Students are encouraged, but not required, to utilize any recommended accommodations.

Valuable Student Resources

Wheeling University offers two valuable campus resources that promote academic success and wellbeing for all students – Disability Services and the Counseling Center.  Both centers are now located on the third floor of Donahue Hall Room 340 and are available for undergraduate,  graduate, and adult students.

Disability Services provides accessibility and accommodations for students with visible or invisible disabilities. Director Kathy Tagg, MA, provides testing accommodations at the campus Testing Center in Donahue Hall and she meets one-on-one with students to develop individual accommodation plans and academic success strategies.

At the Counseling Center Director Tina Tordella, MSW, LICSW, offers confidential counseling sessions with students that support emotional wellbeing.  The Counseling Center promotes life skills that can help young men and women adapt and thrive as college students.

These free resources offer students support and encouragement while at Wheeling University. Students may contact Disability Services at 304-243-4484 or and the Counseling Center at 304-243-2081 or

Manning Award for Academic Success

The Manning Award for Academic Success is presented to a Wheeling University graduating student who has demonstrated academic success while conquering the challenges of a visible or invisible disability.  This honor is given in the name of Shawn Manning, a 2010 WJU graduate, who overcame the obstacles of his disability through personal motivation, commitment, hard work, and a desire to fulfill his dream of a Jesuit university education.

The criteria for a student to win this award:

  • Earn a grade point average that establishes academic success
  • Utilize available accommodations and resources
  • Demonstrate the qualities of an independent lifelong learner
  • Receive a recommendation from the Disability Services Director

Manning Award Winners

  • Terrance Fanning – 2019
  • Aaron Fajerski – 2018
  • Maire Austin – 2017
  • Zachary Reichenbach – 2016
  • Lindsay Baugh – 2015
  • Courtney Delk – 2013
  • Sean Cooksey – 2011
  • Shawn Manning – 2010