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Immaculata University is committed to providing reasonable academic accommodations to students eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Accommodations are tailored to the differing needs of each student.  Common academic accommodations include:

  • Extended time for testing
  • Electronic copies of lecture notes, use of a SmartPen and/or ability to utilize a student note taker
  • The option to take exams in a distraction-reduced testing environment.
  • Textbooks in an alternative format
  • Other college-appropriate accommodations as listed in the recommendation section of the student’s psycho-educational evaluation

It is highly recommended that all first year students receiving academic accommodations meet regularly with an Academic Coach. We recommend students meet every other week to discuss their academic progress, classroom environment and study habits. Individualized academic coaching is available to all students who feel they may benefit from this service.

For additional information, please email: AcademicSuccess@Immaculata.edu

What are Academic Accommodations?

Academic accommodation as required by law is not meant to diminish academic standards. It is intended to create an opportunity for students with disabilities to learn and for professors to evaluate fairly. Students with disabilities expect access and opportunities, not alterations in academic expectations. Academic requirements and course objectives should remain unchanged. Modifications may need to be made in the way a student receives information or demonstrates knowledge but not in the academic proficiency standards. In accordance with Immaculata University’s policies and procedures, the University’s non-discrimination policy, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Immaculata University prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and provides reasonable accommodations to eligible staff, faculty, and students unless doing so will impose an undue hardship on the University.

Although it is the duty of the University to provide reasonable accommodations, it is the responsibility of the student with the need to request a reasonable accommodation in a realistic time frame. Please email AcademicSuccess@Immaculata.edu or call 484-323-3900 for more information regarding accommodations.

Students with a documented disability should review the Immaculata University Handbook for Academic Accommodations

Differences Between High School and College Accommodations

High SchoolCollege
Laws:
  • IDEA
  • Sections 504
  • ADA of 1990
  • ADA Amendment Act of 2008
  • Sections 504
Documentation:
  • IEP
  • School provides evaluation.
  • IEP may not be sufficient documentation.
  • Students provide evaluation at their own expense from outside source.
Parental Access:
  • Parents receive grades and academic reports.
  • Parents do not have access to student records without consent from student.
Student Role:
  • Students identified by school and/or parents.
  • Students must self-identify with Disability Services and are responsible for their own accommodations.
  • For best results, students are encouraged to reach out to Disability Services via the Online Form for New Students prior to the beginning of the semester.
Role of Support Services:
  • School is responsible for identifying student, supplying services, and making accommodations.
  • School is responsible for providing services to students who self-identify as having a documented disability after review of materials and an in-person meeting.
Role of Teacher or Instructor:
  • Teacher is responsible for making sure student has the proper accommodations.
  • Students must provide Letter of Accommodations to course instructor at the start of each semester. This Letter of Accommodations is issued by Disability Services after the student completes the approval process.  Students must notify the instructors of when and how they plan to utilize the approved accommodations.

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