Working With Students With Disabilities
Ursinus College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with physical and/or learning disabilities who have met the College’s admissions requirements and are eligible to receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our goal is to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to succeed in our rigorous and competitive environment. Compliance with the law does not mean that our admissions standards have been lowered or that our academic demands have been or will be reduced.
Students with a disability who are requesting accommodations must self-identify to the Disability Services offices within the Ursinus Institute for Student Success, provide the appropriate documentation, and complete the accommodation process.
Shammah Bermudez, Director of Disability Services, will review the accommodation requests and documentation, meet with the student and approve reasonable academic accommodations. The student will then be provided an accommodation letter to give to the faculty member.
It is the students responsibility to pick up their accommodation letter from Disability Services and provide it to the faculty member.
Students must sign a release form with Disability Services so that faculty and appropriate staff members can be informed of their accommodations. Shammah Bermudez will provide information about appropriate accommodations and discuss possible reasonable accommodations.
However, a student’s diagnosis/disability will not be disclosed. The student has a right to confidentiality and Disability Services will make every effort to maintain the confidentiality of the individual’s diagnosis.