Facilitating Academic Accommodations

To start: Follow the first three steps for Disclosing and Documenting a Disability.

Note that the Office of Disability Services (ODS) does not notify professors of students' eligibility for accommodations. Students are provided letters to review with their professors and forms to complete. Here are all the steps in the process:

Before the semester starts: Students deemed eligible for academic accommodations should look for an email from ODS with instructions for how to schedule meetings with professors to discuss the implementation of your accommodations. You may find it useful to refer to this Guidance on Emailing and Meeting with Professors.

At the very start of the semester: Come to ODS to get your official Accommodation Letters and "Blue Forms" to take to each of your accommodations meetings with your professors. 

Soon thereafter: Meet with each of your professors, to go over the accommodations you intend to use for that class. Together, you'll complete and sign your Accommodations Implementation Plan (aka "Blue Form")

Here are some tips for discussing accommodations with professors.

Right after that: Following these guidelines for How to Schedule a Proctored Exam in Outlook, enter the dates of any needed test proctoring into our Outlook Calendar.

Return each signed Blue Form to Disability Services within 3 days of your meeting (and no less than 5 days before any needed test proctoring) to ensure that your academic accommodations and any test proctoring requirements are implemented for the semester. Please note, ODS will not finalize your test proctoring without your professors' signatures on the forms. Questions about proctoring should be sent to proctoring@dickinson.edu.

Anytime: If you ever have questions or concerns about your accommodations, speak up! Dickinson professors are known to be accommodating, and Disability Services is here to support you and your accommodation needs.

Be sure to learn about all the resources that are available to you, such as Writing Tutoring, Peer Tutors, Peer Advisors, Class Deans, and Learning Skills Workshops, and take advantage of them. Don't be afraid to ask questions, seek help, take initiative, and self-advocate!

ODS is located on the first floor of Biddle House
Phone (717) 245-1734
Email: disabilityservices@dickinson.edu