Penn State is committed to providing a welcoming, encouraging, and empowering environment for students with disabilities to ensure equal access, full participation and reasonable accommodations for their academic pursuits. If a student with a disability self-identifies to you and requests accommodations, please direct the student to contact Office of Disability Services (814-863-1807) as soon as possible.
You are not required to provide accommodations for students with disabilities unless you have been provided with a letter from a Penn State Office of Disabilities specifying the academic accommodations for which the student is eligible. This might involve extended time for exams, textbooks in alternate formats, etc. The process of determining a student’s disability and eligibility for appropriate accommodations can be a relatively lengthy one, and the earlier it begins, the sooner the appropriate accommodations may be provided.
In some cases, you will not be providing the adjustments directly, but you need to be aware that such accommodations are being provided. While the student may or may not disclose to you the nature of the disability, this information will not be specified in any communication you receive from ODS.
If you have any questions about working with students with disabilities, please see your Dutton Institute learning designer for assistance.
For more information see:
- The Office of Disability Services
- ODS Faculty Handbook
- Accessibility and Usability at Penn State
- World Campus Students with Disabilities Accommodations
- World Campus Faculty Development offers an online course, OL 1800 Accessibility, for which faculty may register and complete at any time. To register, see the Outreach and Online Education Faculty Development website.