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). 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.
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. Please refer to these links to learn more about Residence Hall Accommodations and Dietary 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.
Note Taking Assistance
Note taking assistance is an accommodation for students with hearing, visual, or 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 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 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 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 their 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.
Use of Technology in the Classroom (Computer, iPad, Calculator, Braille Note)
This accommodation is for students with hearing or visual impairments, or those with motor limitations in order to have equal access to the lecture or course materials. Depending on the disability/need the student may use the technology to take notes, read electronic documents, or to access other applications.
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.