Steps for Obtaining Accommodations
Current or incoming students can request accommodations at any time of the year. In order to obtain accommodations, students must:
- Disclose your disorder to us here. Please note: only Lycoming users can access this form and it may require a log in.
- Email your documentation to email@example.com. (NOTE: due to HIPAA, providers will not send us documentation directly without your (the student's) signature on a "Release of Information" form. It may be easier/faster for students to obtain a copy of their documentation directly from their provider and then provide that documentation to our office.
- After the information in #1 and #2 has been received, a member of Accessibility Resources will contact the student to set up a meeting to develop an accommodation letter.
Documentation must identify a specific disorder and indicate how the disorder will affect the student's performance. Providers may suggest that possible recommendations be considered, however Lycoming College determines the Lycoming accommodations for which each student is eligible as aligned with our accreditation and the core, fundamental requirements of each course. Finally, documentation must be typed, signed by an appropriate professional, and printed on letterhead. All documentation must be current.
Guidelines for documentation:
- Learning disabilities and ADHD: within 3 years
- Psychiatric: within 1 year (note: for students experiencing anxiety, a specific DSM-V or ICD-10 anxiety diagnosis must be provided)
- Sensory/Physical (Permanent): not specified
- Sensory/Physical (Temporary): situational
The IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) and 504 Plan are not adequate, supporting documentation. Both represent K-12 "reasonable accommodations." Reasonable accommodations for college classes may differ.
Documentation for learning disabilities must include score results from IQ and achievements tests and all other instruments used to assess the student's ability and performance. Further, such documentation should include text which examines the student's family, psychological, and educational background to rule in and rule out complicating factors. The evaluation must have been conducted by a qualified professional in the appropriate field.
Documentation can be sent to:
Office of Academic Services Deans
Dr. Shyla Boyd
One College Place
Campus Box 167
Williamsport, PA 17701-5192
Or emailed to (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
If documentation provided by the student does not support a specific accommodation, the College can require additional testing at the student's expense.
If you think you have an undiagnosed disability and wish to find out, we recommend working through your local vocational rehabilitation agency or a private psychologist of your choosing. The Office of Accessibility Resources does not provide testing to screen for disabilities. For more guidance on the adult learning disability assessment process, click here.