Accomodating Students with Disabilities

RPTM Policy (updated 04/14/09)

According to the Penn State Office for Disabilities Services, it is the responsibility of the university and of individual faculty members to provide a reasonable academic adjustment for students with disabilities. A reasonable academic adjustment is an academic adjustment that minimizes or eliminates the impact of a disability, allowing the individual to gain equal access and have an equal opportunity to participate in the University's courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.

Student Responsibilities

(see the Office For Disability Services' Rights and Responsibilities for Prospective Students)

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities.
  • Disclose the need for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services to Office of Disability Services (ODS) at University Park or to the Disability Contact Liaison (DCL).
  • Follow the currently published policies, procedures, and guidelines for obtaining services through the ODS or DCL. The current documentation guidelines are located on the ODS web site. (www.equity.psu.edu/ods)

Faculty Responsibilities

(see the Office For Disability Services' Rights and Responsibilities for Prospective Students)

  • Request and receive either from the student or through the ODS or DCL current documentation that confirms disability status and supports requests for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services.
  • Comply with recommendations for reasonable academic adjustments as delineated in writing by ODS which may include but are not limited to extended time for testing, quiet testing environment, alternative materials, and use of auxiliary aids.
  • To avoid unfair application of course policies, RPTM faculty will either deny requests for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services if the student fails to provide appropriate documentation as provided by the PSU Office of Disability Services or make an accommodation for all students enrolled in the course