Penn State Harrisburg

Requesting an Accommodation

The Basic Process

  1. The student is referred (self, staff, faculty, parent, agency) to the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC).
  2. The student schedules an intake interview with the DSC. During the interview, reasonable accommodations are discussed, services are explained, the student’s rights and responsibilities are reviewed, and the student signs a Release of Information if he or she wants information sent to the University.
  3. The DSC requests appropriate documentation of the disability. Documentation guidelines PDFs for all disability categories are linked below. Printed copies can be obtained in the Office for Disability Services (ODS).
  4. Once documentation is provided, it is reviewed by the DSC to determine appropriateness. The DSC consults with the person writing the documentation when necessary and with the student’s permission. The DSC present information at a Documentation Review Board meeting.
  5. The Documentation Review Board reviews the documentation submitted by the student to determine the appropriateness of the request for accommodations.
  6. The determination of reasonable accommodations is made and an accommodation letter is drafted and reviewed with the student by the DSC. The student receives the final copy of the accommodations letter.
  7. The student presents the accommodation letter to faculty members when requesting needed accommodations. This letter lists the appropriate accommodations, but does not reveal the specific disability. The faculty member reviews the accommodations to ensure that they do not alter essential features of the course he or she teaches. After the faculty member signs off on the accommodations, the faculty member provides the accommodations to the student.

Grievance Process

If you don’t feel you are getting the accommodations you need from ODS, you should first discuss your concerns with ODS. If the matter cannot be resolved, the University's policy for settling grievances will provide a prompt and equitable resolution.

Documentation Guidelines and Verification Forms (PDFs)

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Learning Disorders

Mobility Impairments

Neurological Disorders

Psychological Disorders

Visual Impairments