Student Accommodations

The Office of Student Accommodations (OSA) has been designated by the University to assist students with diagnosed and documented disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with accessing and participating in the educational, social, and professional opportunities available at USciences in accordance with federal laws and University obligations.

University of the Sciences recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding and, as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and an appreciation for diversity. Therefore, the University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to our students with disabilities in support of all students’ educational goals, personal growth, and professional development.

Our Goals

  • Facilitate the transition from high school to college, for students with disabilities, through education and support aimed at moving students towards independence and self-advocacy
  • Coordinate the ADA accommodations request process and work with faculty and staff to implement approved accommodations for students
  • Promote greater awareness and understanding of disabilities and disability services among students, staff, and faculty
  • Foster an inclusive campus environment and a community with a culture of acceptance and appreciation for differences among individuals

What the Office of Student Accommodations Will Do for Students

  • Provide information for prospective students concerning disability services and accommodations available to enrolled students
  • Review students’ current and appropriate medical documentation of their diagnosed disabilities or chronic health conditions
  • Meet with students to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations or other necessary disability services based on their medical documentation and stated challenges
  • Support the development of appropriate self-advocacy, academic, and life skills
  • Guide students in working with faculty to receive approved accommodations
  • Offer educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
  • Refer students to appropriate support services on campus and within the surrounding area

What the Office of Student Accommodations Will Not Do for Students

  • Provide formal diagnostic evaluation; however, we can provide a list of qualified diagnosticians within the vicinity of our University
  • Offer accommodations retroactively
  • Offer accommodations or services that alter the fundamental curriculum in a course or program
  • Offer accommodations that are personal devices or services
  • Offer accommodations that are not requested in a timely manner or are unreasonable
  • Offer tutoring. The University offers tutoring to all of its students through Student Academic Support Services. Therefore, tutoring is not an accommodation.

What Students Can Expect from the University

  • Accommodations that are reasonable for the University to provide and appropriate for the student’s disability, based on a review of medical documentation
  • Equal access to and participation in University opportunities
  • Fair treatment
  • Privacy in matters pertaining to disability status and disability services

What the University Expects from Students

  • Be your own advocate and identify yourself to the Office of Student Accommodations
  • Provide current medical documentation of your diagnosed disability or chronic health condition
  • Request accommodations in a timely manner. The review process can take several weeks or months, depending on how prepared you are with appropriate medical documentation. Accommodations cannot be implemented until they are approved by the Administrator of Student Accommodations and Associate Dean of Students.
  • Meet privately with faculty within the first two weeks of the semester, or within a week of receiving a new approval letter, to discuss how your academic accommodations will be implemented in your classes
  • Self-monitor your progress with faculty, take initiative, request assistance, utilize available resources, and meet University standards
  • Keep your contact information up to date with the University through the Registrar’s Office and the Office of Student Accommodations

What Students and Faculty Can Expect of Each Other

  • Students should meet with their faculty privately to discuss their disability related needs and use of their approved accommodations
  • Faculty will implement accommodations approved by the Office of Student Accommodations in an appropriate and timely manner once they have received formal notification and have met with the student
  • Faculty will not implement any accommodations that are not approved through the Office of Student Accommodations, nor any supplemental support that has not been discussed with the student in advance
  • Students and faculty may determine how certain accommodations can be implemented in the class
  • Faculty and students may request clarification of accommodations from the Office of Student Accommodations
  • Faculty may consult with the Office of Student Accommodations about students as appropriate
  • Faculty will expect students with disabilities to meet the same academic standards as their peers

Contact:

Monica Vance
Associate Director of Student Accommodations

Address:

Office Location: Whitecar Hall, Room 1111
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8758Fax:215-596-7451

Email:

m.vance@usciences.edu