Disability Services: Accommodation Process

Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an individualized and flexible basis, with input from the student, the instructor, and the Associate Director of Student Disability Services. Accommodations should in no way compromise the essential elements or objectives of the curriculum. Accommodations will be designed to meet a student's disability-related needs without fundamentally altering the nature of the instructional program. The most useful accommodations will address the student's ability to learn, although some accommodations may also modify the particular ways in which students demonstrate their mastery of course material. Instructors must be satisfied that such accommodations do not lower the teaching standards of the University. The process for establishing reasonable accommodations follows:

  1. A student requesting an accommodation must begin by submitting documentation either to the admissions office upon acceptance, or to the Associate Director of Student Disability Services at the time of requesting the accommodation. Contact the Office of Disability Services for documentation guidelines.
  2. The Office of Student Disability Services will review the disability certification. The following questions need to be asked and answered to identify the reasonable accommodations:
    • Is the individual a "person with a disability"?
    • Is the individual "otherwise qualified"?
    • What are the barriers resulting from the interaction between the documented disability and the campus environment?
    • What are possible accommodations, modifications, or adjustments that might remove the barriers?
    • Without these accommodations, would the individual still have meaningful access to the program, service, or activity?
    • Would these accommodations compromise the essential elements of the curriculum?
    • Would these accommodations require a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program, service, or activity?
  3. The student initially meets with the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC) and designs a plan for each class every semester. The student will continue meetings with the DSC throughout the semester to monitor accommodations and make changes, as necessary.

  4. Once the accommodation plan is discussed between student and a representative from the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS), it is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations for in-person and/or online classes. Requesting accommodations can be done through the following steps:

    1. Go to www.marywood.edu/accommodations and log into the portal using your Marywood username and password. 
    2. Once logged in, a list of your classes will appear along with a button next to each of the courses that says "Request Accommodations". Click on that and sign in the two spaces designated on the form that appears. Please note you can simply type your name to sign.
    3. Once you have signed in the two spaces, hit the "Done" button. This will bring you to a screen that says that your request was submitted.
    4. Go back and do this for each class you wish to utilize accommodations for.  The system will not allow you to submit a request for accommodations more than one time for each course. 
    5. This is all you need to do until you received a finalized PDF copy of your accommodation plan. Save this PDF for your own records until the end of the semester. The PDF will have your specific accommodations with the SDS’s signature, your professor's signature, and your signature. 

    Once the accommodation request is completed, it will be sent to the SDS for approval and then submitted to each professor via email. It is the professor’s responsibility to log into their email and approve the accommodation plan. Finally, once the professor approval is submitted, the SDS reviews the plan and gives the final approval.

    Once all of the above steps are completed, the student, the students’ professors and The Office of Student Disability Services will receive a PDF version of the finalized accommodation plan. The plan will include all of the students’ accommodations and all necessary signatures (the student, professors and the SDS). 


Some classes require more creative accommodations due to the nature of the course or the complexity of the functional limitations. When this occurs, the Disability Services Coordinator will facilitate a dialog with the student and the faculty member to clarify the essential elements of the course and identify creative and reasonable accommodations, considering the functional limitations of the student. It is important for the faculty member, the student, and the Office of Student Disability Services to be clear about their roles in the accommodation process.