Implementing Academic Accommodations
To start: Follow the first three steps for Disclosing and Documenting a Disability.
Note that all information shared with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is kept confidential and is not shared with any other office or individuals without the student’s explicit permission. Furthermore, 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.
Email your professors to schedule an accommodations meeting with them.
At the very start of the semester: Come to ODS in Dana Hall to get your official Accommodation Letters and "Blue Forms" to take to each of your accommodations meetings with your professors. You will also receive and sign a Confirmation of Understanding to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of not only your rights, but also your responsibilities.
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: Return each signed Blue Form to ODS within 3 days of your meeting (and no less than 5 days before any needed test proctoring) to ensure that your academic accommodations are implemented for the semester. Please note, ODS will not accept your Blue Forms without your professor’s signature. You must also schedule all of your proctoring requests before returning your Blue Forms to ODS.
Anytime: If you ever have questions or concerns about your accommodations, speak up! Dickinson professors are known to be accommodating, and ODS is here to support you and your accommodation needs.
Be sure to learn about and tap into all the resources that are available to you, such as Writing Tutoring, Peer Tutors, Peer Advisors, College Deans, and Learning Skills Workshops. Don't be afraid to ask questions, seek help, take initiative, and self-advocate!