Statement on Access and Accommodation
Gettysburg College provides equal opportunities to students with disabilities admitted through our regular admissions process. The College promotes self-disclosure and self-advocacy for students with disabilities, recognizing that students with disabilities have the legal right and responsibility to present requests for reasonable accommodation. The determination of what are reasonable educational accommodations is made by the College after reviewing students' documentation, requests, and petitions. The Office of Academic Advising assists students with disabilities with their requests for accommodation and works closely with students' faculty advisors and instructors in order to provide coordinated academic support.
All Students seeking accommodation must submit the Disability Self-Disclosure Form to the Office of Academic Advising.
For students with physical disabilities, the College provides accessibility within its facilities and programs and will, within the spirit of reasonable accommodation, adapt or modify those facilities and programs to meet individual needs on a case-by-case basis. Although not all facilities and programs are accessible, students with physical disabilities can expect classes or activities to be moved to accessible buildings, adaptive environments created, or auxiliary equipment allowed on an individual basis and in a manner reasonable for both the student and the College.
For students with disabilities that affect learning, the College accommodates on a case-by-case basis. Accommodations requested must be consistent with the data contained in documentation prepared by a qualified psychologist within four years of the time of self-disclosure for a learning disability or by an attending physician for a physical disability. Documentation must meet the College's standards. Documentation presented to the College is reviewed by the College's own consultant to ensure that it is adequate and that the recommendations are consistent with the test results. The College reserves the right to make educational decisions on a case-by-case basis about what are the most reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodation may involve some curricular modifications only if they do not substantially alter course content or requirements essential to the academic program. Some examples of reasonable accommodation are: extended time on exams and assignments; use of auxiliary equipment (tape recorders, lap top computers, calculators); modified exam formats and/or oral exams. Subject and writing tutoring is available to all Gettysburg students through our Peer Learning Program and Writing Center.
Students who suspect that a disability may be interfering in their life on campus or who are referred by faculty or faculty advisors should contact the Office of Academic Advising and make an appointment with one of the deans who will counsel those students about options -- assessment, accommodation, learning strategies, etc. -- and will explain Gettysburg College's disability policy.
Please note that Gettysburg College does not provide psychoeducational testing for students with suspected learning disabilities.