Types of Academic Accommodations

Types of Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are individualized to provide an accessible learning environment suited to the unique needs of the student with a disability. Current documentation from a professional supporting the need for these accommodations must be presented to the Disability Coordinator in order for accommodations to be appropriately determined.  Once the student and disability coordinator has met and documentation has been reviewed, an accommodation letter can be created which the student is to share with their professors each semester.  In order to receive accommodations, students are encouraged to meet with their professors as early in the semester as possible and have a discussion about how the accommodations will work in the context of the class.  Once the accommodations have been made, the student will be graded according to the same standards as other Penn State students.

Types of academic accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Extended time for exams/quizzes
  • Note taking assistance
  • Permission to audio record lectures
  • Consideration with regard to absences
  • Assistance with tasks that require bending over or lifting
  • Textbooks/written material available in an alternate format

In order to determine what academic accommodations would be most appropriate, please make an appointment to talk to the Disability Coordinator.