Mission Statement of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities operates as a centralized services center for students and faculty. To be eligible for services and accommodations a student must have an identified disability, submit appropriate documentation, and contact the OSSD Director to request services. Because each person's situation is unique, documentation requirements vary by situation. Students should not delay meeting with the OSSD. If you have questions regarding your documentation, this can be discussed during your meeting. In addition to providing accommodations, the OSSD is a recipient of a TRIO/SSS grant that allows us to provide additional services including academic coaching and tutoring for math and writing.
High school students with physical and/or learning disabilities are invited to attend a Prospective Student Mini Question & Answer Session. Please contact our office to learn what session dates are available. Please note that prospective students must be present at the sesson. Appointments can be arranged by calling 610.436.2564.
Starting Fall 2013, the Proctoring Center no longer uses a paper proctoring form. We now have an online form to request and schedule all exams.
Interactive - Accommodation requests usually require a face to face meeting with OSSD staff, where student makes a request for specific modifications to classroom procedure. Students should have already submitted documentation of their disability.
Relevant and Timely - Requests should precede the need for an accommodation so there is sufficient time to make arrangements. Accommodations will not be granted retroactively. Some requests such as those for captioners, ASL, etext and alternate formats need to be made up to 4 weeks in advance of the semester (see technology link).
Supported and Reasonable Requests - Accommodation requests must be related to the initial presentation of the limitation and when the situation warrants a change. Requests to alter accommodations to improve a grade are not appropriate.
Effective Responses - OSSD will provide Letters of Accommodation each semester upon written request. Letters of Accommodation will be sent via secure e-mail to students. Faculty who receive Letters of Accommodation should be provided an opportunity to discuss provisions; for example, extended time on tests prior to implementation. The OSSD recommends that students present Letters of Accommodation in the initial week or two of class and at least a week prior to the first test.
If the accommodation is not met in class or you need additional assistance, return to the OSSD. We provide proctoring for tests, if you need a reader or scribe and a distraction reduced environment.
Note: The University reserves the right to deny services or accommodations pending the receipt of appropriate documentation.