Alternative Format

Alternative format books and materials are provided as an auxiliary aid by the Office of Accessibility Services upon approval of the publishing company or book sharing agency. The Office of Accessibility Services can provide information in Braille, large print, digital text, and read-aloud software, as well as in other alternative formats.

All information provided to students at West Virginia University is available in alternative formats by request.

Alternative Format Guidelines

The process of creating alternative format materials can take time. The request for alternative format textbooks should be made at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester. We strongly suggest that students request alternative format materials immediately after registering for classes.

To request course materials in an alternative format, students must:

  1. Request alternative format materials through the  Student Accommodation Management for Mountaineers  (SAMM) system. 
  2. Complete the Student Alternative Format Agreement form. 
  3. Submit a receipt verifying the purchase of books.

When receiving alternative format materials, all students must understand and agree to the following:

  1. Some textbooks may be cut from the binding and scanned.
  2. Under no circumstances will the student copy, share or distribute any part of the texts.
  3. Alternative format materials are not to be altered.
  4. All alternative format textbooks provided digitally will be deleted at the end of the semester.

Students understand that violating any portion of the Student Copyright Agreement may result in suspension of alternative format access.