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Obtaining Accommodations for a Disability

To receive an accommodation, students must register with the Office of Academic Accommodations. Once appropriate documentation has been received and the student has requested accommodations, the Office will respond to the student in approximately 3 weeks. The Office cannot guarantee timely accommodations if a student does not follow appropriate procedures. Students should note that as a general rule, accommodations will not be extended retroactively.

Below is an overview of the accommodation process:

  1. Student should set up an appointment with the Administrator of Student Accomodations (215-596-8758).
  2. Student submits appropriate medical documentation to the Office.
  3. The Office reviews documentation. The Office may contact program directors, faculty, or other university officials, as needed, to facilitate the accommodation process.
  4. The Office discusses needs with student, and student formally requests accommodations.
  5. The Office forwards request to Affirmative Action Officer for approval.
  6. If accommodations are approved, the Coordinator sends a letter to the student, with a copy to the student’s academic Dean.
  7. Each semester for which there are approved academic accommodations; The Office will send a letter to the student’s faculty.
  8. Each semester, the student initiates a meeting with faculty member to discuss the implementation of the accommodations. It is recommended this meeting occur within the first two weeks of the semester.
  9. Every spring semester, the student must meet with the Office to review accommodations. If this meeting does not occur, the accommodations may not be renewed for the following year. It is the student’s responsibility to set up this meeting.

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