Students with Disabilities

Penn State World Campus Student Disability Services works with the Penn State Student Disability Resources office to ensure that each student receives the support they need to succeed in their courses. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments, please contact us so we can assist you.

Requesting Accommodation

  1. Submit the online contact form to request a registration appointment for a meeting with a Student Disability Services specialist (by phone or another preferred platform) to discuss accommodation needs.
  2. If you are currently enrolled at Penn State World Campus, disclose your situation by completing the Student Disability Services registration form.
  3. Review the accommodation documentation guidelines so you're familiar with them before speaking to your disability specialist.
  4. Attend your registration meeting with your disability specialist.
  5. Complete the Release of Information form and the Rights and Responsibilities of Students Registered with Student Disability Resources at Penn State University form, and submit both forms via email to [email protected].
  6. Submit any additional required documentation according to the directions provided by the disability specialist.
  7. Request textbooks in an alternative format (if needed).

Documents will be reviewed by Student Disability Services, and you should get a response within seven to ten business days of submitting your documentation.

Common Types of Accommodations

Common accommodations routinely approved for students include the extension of time for tests, assistive technology, electronic textbooks or books in alternative formats, or adjustment of nonessential course requirements.

Conditions for Which You Might Be Eligible for Accommodations

Eligibility for accommodations can be the result of a wide variety of conditions and situations. Students are often surprised to learn that their circumstances may meet the criteria.

  • Chronic and lifelong conditions. This includes long-term or permanent conditions such as hearing impairment, blindness, mobility issues, asthma, heart conditions, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), and migraines.
  • Temporary or short-term conditions. This could include situations such as pregnancy, a broken bone, or recovery from surgery.

Disability Accommodations Appeals/Complaints

If you are concerned with the outcome of a request for accommodations or if you have been approved for an accommodation by Student Disability Services that has not been met in your course or program, please submit our Disability Accommodations Complaint Form. Staff will review your complaint and work to provide a resolution.