Facilitating Academic Accommodations

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

Second: Once you have been deemed eligible for one or more academic accommodations, look for an email from ODS (Office of Disability Services) with instructions for how to schedule a meeting with Marni Jones to review the accommodations process. She will have your official Accommodation Letter for you to give to your professors, informing them of the accommodations for which you are eligible.

Soon thereafter: As soon as you have scheduled your meeting with Marni Jones, set up an appointment with each professor of any course in which you are seeking accommodations. The purpose of these professor/student meetings is to discuss how your accommodations will be implemented. (The professor's class schedule and yours, for instance, may impact the way that an extended time accommodation would be executed.) Here is a sample email that you could send to your professors to schedule that meeting. 

As soon as possible in the semester: 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 Confirmation of Accommodations Discussion Form (commonly called the Blue Form). Here are some tips for discussing accommodations with professors.

Right after that: Following the 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, we will not finalize your test proctoring without your professors' signatures on the forms. Questions about proctoring should be sent to proctoring@dickinson.edu.

Any time: 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