Are you thinking about joining the Ursinus College community and are interested in finding out more about Disability and Access before you make your final decision?
We understand that the quality of disability services helps to inform your decision about the college you will choose to attend. Please use this page as a resource to answer any questions you may have about the accommodation process and other information related to services for students with disabilities.
What does Ursinus College offer to students with disabilities?
The Ursinus programs that exist for all students are made accessible to students with documented disabilities. We strive the incorporate universal design principles across services and programs at Ursinus College.
Peer Mentoring Program for Students with Disabilities:
Beginning in the Fall of 2020, students will have the opportunity to request a peer mentor to provide support in adjusting to college life, academically and socially.
Academic Coaching is a program where students can have the opportunity to engage with a peer mentor or staff in structured meetings throughout the semester to learn strategies to enhance executive functioning skills such as time management and organization, study skills, test-taking skills, and strategies for communicating with professors. Academic Coaching sessions are individualized to meet student needs and so can also focus on test anxiety, social skills, and overall adjusting to the college environment.
How to Request Accommodations
- Step 1: Complete the Prospective Student Accommodation Request form and book an appointment to meet with a member of the Disability and Access team.
- Step 2: Provide current documentation, which meets the appropriate documentation requirements. In general, documentation should include testing/assessments completed by an independent properly credentialed professional in the applicable field and include recommendations for accommodations. Documentation can be emailed to email@example.com.
Step 3: Complete an intake with a member of the Disability and Access team.
- The intake will take about thirty minutes and is an opportunity for you to discuss your understanding of your academic strengths, needs, and symptoms/conditions. The determination of reasonable accommodations is an interactive process between the Disability and Access team and the student.
- Once the intake is complete, and the Office of Disability and Access has received any further documentation, the team will review and consider all documentation submitted. Documentation is primarily used to assist in developing a link from the functional impacts of the disability identified to the reasonable accommodation requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and is handled on a case-to-case basis. Reviewing documentation can take time, and students should expect to receive information on any approved accommodations within 4-6 weeks of submitted documentation.