Available Services


Various services and accommodations are offered depending on the individual student’s needs and the nature of the documented disability. 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 accommodations at Shippensburg University must fulfill the requirements of the program/course. An accommodation cannot lower the standards or change the objective of the program/course.

Accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis and may include:

  1. Extended time for tests
  2. Alternate testing sites
  3. Note-taking services
  4. Textbooks in alternate format and/or enlarged print
  5. Audio recording of lectures
  6. Reader/scribe/laptop for exams
  7. Priority scheduling
  8. Notification of faculty
  9. Elevator key

Additionally, the Office of Accessibility 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.

Shippensburg University recognizes the importance of providing accommodations in its housing policies and practices where necessary for individuals to use and enjoy college housing. Accommodations are reserved for individuals whose documentation illustrates clear and substantial need for a particular living environment or location due to a disability.

Students with specific housing needs due to a disability must complete an Accommodation Request Form and submit documentation of their disability. Documentation requirements for registering with the Office of Accessibility Resources are available at https://www.ship.edu/about/offices/oar/forms.

Housing accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis after a review of documentation and current availability. After the request and documentation are submitted and reviewed by our professional staff, the student will receive an email to schedule an intake meeting.

For Incoming Students: If the request for an accommodation is made after the established deadline for housing applications has lapsed, the Office of Accessibility Resources cannot guarantee the requested accommodation during the first term of occupancy.

For Current Students: If the need for a housing accommodation arises when an individual already resides in university housing, the student should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources as soon as possible. Due to housing assignments and the administrative needs associated with processing requests for accommodations, Shippensburg University cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the accommodation needs during the semester or term in which the request is received.

Housing accommodations are established on an annual basis. A request for housing accommodations must be resubmitted each year.

A specific residence hall or roommate(s) cannot be guaranteed.

The Housing Agreement must be signed before housing accommodations can be assigned.

Students requesting to be exempt from the housing requirement and/or released from the housing contract should follow the established process through Housing. Those request forms can be found at https://www.ship.edu/life/housing/housing_forms/.