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 Disability Services 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
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.