Requesting an Academic Accommodation

Submit your Verification Form for Students with Disabilities along with appropriate documentation of your disability. The University has adopted the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) documentation guidelines. The guidelines can be found on our required documentation page.

  • Academic accommodations are meant to increase opportunities for students and help professors fairly evaluate synthesis of the course content.
  • Academic accommodations are assessed on an individual basis and are backed by appropriate documentation.
  • Access and opportunities, not alterations in academic expectations, can provide students the chance to learn and grow in an accommodating environment.

Documentation and requests should be submitted to the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE) by any one of the following means:

Fax:    (570) 941-4154
Email: disabilityservices@scranton.edu 
Mail:    The University of Scranton
            Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE)
            800 Linden St.
            Scranton, PA 18510

The Submission Date by which the University needs to receive requests from Academic First Years in order to avoid a delay in providing accommodations is June 1st .

What Happens Next?

The University’s ADA Committee will review your documentation to determine eligibility for any accommodations. Please note that sufficient time is required to review all documentation. If additional documentation is needed, a CTLE staff member will contact you by phone once the review has been completed. Please check your Scranton email account frequently for any communications.

Follow this link to see the full academic accommodation process.

If you have any questions about the status of your documentation process or the status of your request for accommodations, please email disabilityservices@scranton.edu, or call us at (570) 941-4038.

Details about specific academic accommodations are available below:

Information about Test-taking Accommodations

These accommodations for exams, quizzes, tests, and timed in-class assignments can be implemented in many ways. As all other accommodations, test-taking accommodations are discussed and implemented on an individual basis.

Sometimes, a student will come to the CTLE to use our test-taking facility which provides reduced distractions and caters to taking extended time to finish. Other times, students find that making arrangements with the professor to meet their accommodation needs.

All accommodations decisions will be reached through an interactive process between the ADA committee, University of Scranton professionals, and the student.

Information about Note-taking Accommodations

Accommodations related to note-taking are available for students and suited to their specific needs. There are many ways to accommodate this process, including but not limited to:

  • Peer support and use of a “note-taker”
  • Use of a computer
  • Use of Assistive Technology: smart pen or recorder or app of similar nature paired with smart device

Examples of Academic Accommodations

  • Note-taking assistance
  • Extended time on exams
  • Proctored exams in the CTLE testing facility
  • Exams in alternate format
  • Distraction reduced testing environment
  • Early access to requisite readings
  • Priority registration
  • Breaks
  • Extensions on assignments on a case by case basis
  • Reducing course load
  • Assistive Technology (tape recorder, print enlargers, etc)
  • Use of a word processer for essays
  • Books in an alternate format (pdf, audio)
  • Use of a calculator
Last Modified: March 07, 2019