Students with disabilities must be able to perform the essential objectives of the program/course with or without “reasonable accommodations.” Reasonable accommodations are defined as approved modifications which do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program/course, including academic requirements in post-secondary education. Students who receive appropriate accommodations at Shippensburg University must fulfill the requirements of the program/course. An accommodation cannot lower the standards or change the objectives of the program/course.
Accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis and may include:
- Enlarged printing
- Extended time for tests
- Alternate testing sites
- Note-taking services
- Textbooks in alternate format
- Reader/scribe/laptop for exams
- Priority scheduling
- Notification of faculty
Additionally, the Office of Accesssibility Resources maintains a Tech Lab, 136 Lehman Library, which is available by request to students with disabilities. For more information about the Tech Lab, click the following link: Assistive Technology, Tech Lab, 136 Lehman Library.
Planning and Intake Meeting
Planning is a critical step in seeking and securing accommodations in higher education. Requests for accommodations should be made in a timely manner. Students should begin the process once they have confirmed attendance through the Admissions Office. An Accommodation Request form is available in the confirmation packet as well as on the website. Once the form and documentation are received, the director or assistant director will e-mail the student, indicating the need for an Intake Meeting to be scheduled. It is the responsibility of the student to request this meeting; accommodations are not put in place until this meeting has been held. Intake meetings are best scheduled during the summer months but can be requested and scheduled at any time through the year. The purpose of the meeting is to review procedures and sign forms.