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Accommodations & Services

Kutztown University is committed to providing accessible programs, services, and activities, as well as reasonable accommodations to individuals registered with the Disability Services Office (DSO). Click here for more Information about Requesting Accommodations.

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis through an interactive process with the DSO staff. Additional resources are available for all students within our campus-wide support system. Click here for more Information about On-Campus Resources.  

Common Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are meant to provide the student with equal access to courses without fundamentally altering the essential elements of a course or degree program. Below you will find examples of common academic accommodations.

Test Accommodations
Test accommodations are modifications to the testing conditions for students with hearing, visual, motor limitations or those who have learning, cognitive, or psychological disabilities that significantly affect the ability to demonstrate their mastery of course material under normal testing conditions. Test accommodations may include: 

        • Extended Test Time
        • Distraction Reduced Testing Environment
        • No Scantrons
        • Test Reader
        • Test Scribe
        • Use of a Computer for Tests

In consultation with the student, faculty members will assist in arranging testing accommodations. The DSO has a Testing Center where students may test in individual or small room format. The DSO is also able to arrange for Test Readers and Scribes through the DSO Testing Center. Click here for more Information about Test Accommodations.

Peer Note Taker
Note taking is an accommodation for students with hearing, visual, motor limitations or those who have learning or cognitive disabilities that significantly affect the ability to take notes in class. The note taking accommodation is designed to enhance the student's learning process by having another set of notes.  This accommodation is not to be used as a substitute for attending class or taking one's own notes, if physically able. Click here for more Information about Note Taking Accommodations.

Audio-Recording Lecture
Audio-recording class lectures is sometimes an accommodation for students with memory impairments, visual impairments, attention deficits or distractibility, impaired auditory processing, or limited manual dexterity.  The audio recording is a supplement to the student's own or a note-taker's written notes. Students must sign an agreement during their accommodation plan meeting agreeing not to share, copy, or release any material from a recording made in class and that the recording may be used for the student's personal educational needs only.  

Alternate Textbook Materials
Alternative textbooks are an accommodation for students with visual limitations, learning disabilities, or other cognitive or physical limitations that significantly affect the ability to read and or comprehend print material. This accommodation provides adequate access to textbooks in a format that is compatible with the student's limitations.  

ASL Interpreters/Captioning
ASL Interpreters and captioning are accommodations provided to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to provide equal access to lecture content.  

Accessible Classroom Materials
For students with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities, instructional materials may be requested in alternative/accessible formats that are compatible with the student's limitations.   

        • Electronic or Enlarged Font Classroom Materials (such as handouts and presentations)
        • Captioned Videos, Movies, Internet Clips (captions, subtitles or transcript)
        • Audio or Print Descriptions of Other Visual Materials (such as artwork, graphics, drawings, diagrams, flow charts)   

Preferential Seating
Preferential seating is an accommodation for students who have disabilities that affect their ability to see, hear, sustain attention, or participate in activities in the same ways as other students.  Preferential seating allows the student to sit in a location that is most beneficial for his/her learning. For example, if the student has a visual impairment or hearing impairment seating closer to the front of the room may be most appropriate, but a student who experiences anxiety in the classroom may need seating in an aisle seat, back row, or near the door.  

Residence Hall Accommodations

Residence Hall accommodations are provided for students with a variety of disabilities in order to provide equal access to campus housing facilities. Under the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), it is the responsibility of the student to request accommodations and provide documentation of a disability that has a significant impact on the student's ability to access and use on-campus housing facilities. This documentation must demonstrate that this accommodation is a medical necessity in order to have equal access to housing facilities. All requests for housing accommodations must be submitted to the Disability Services Office. Click here for Information on Requesting Accommodations

Requests for housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis according to documented need and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. If there is sufficient documentation to determine medical necessity, a referral for the accommodation(s) will be sent to the Housing Office. Requests for housing accommodations should be made as soon as the Advanced Registration Deposit (ARD) has been paid to ensure accommodations are in place for the start of the semester. 

If you are seeking an exception to the On-campus Residency Requirement due to disability, please click here for the Request for Exception to Residency FORM.

Dietary Accommodations

Kutztown University Dining Services offers a variety of foods that promote healthy lifestyles. Recognizing that some students may have food allergies, Dining Services makes every effort to accommodate individual dietary needs. Requests for Dietary Accommodations (special diet) must be submitted to the Disability Services Office.  Click here for Information on Requesting Accommodations.  

Please note: Students living in campus residence halls, with the exception of Golden Bear Village (apartment style housing with in-unit kitchens), have a contractual/mandatory meal plan. 

Physical Access, Mobility Training, and Orientation

It is important that mobility impaired students disclose their disability and notify the Disability Services Office of any problems with access at least four weeks prior to the first day of instruction to ensure access.

Mobility orientation for students with visual impairments is provided by The Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BVS) of Pennsylvania. Students need to contact their local BVS office or the BVS office in Wilkes-Barre at 570-826-2361 or 1-866-227-4163 to arrange for mobility orientation.