Any student seeking accommodations due to a disability must follow procedures set forth by Penn State, even if you received accommodations from your previous educational institution(s).
The fact that you received an accommodation in the past is not a guarantee that you will receive a similar accommodation in law school. Students who are seeking services at Penn State Law must self-disclose the need for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services to Director of Student Services Holly Parrish as a first step in the accommodation request process.
University Park students should contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment. In general, you must meet with a member of the ODS staff for an intake interview and provide diagnostic documentation from a licensed professional. It is your responsibility to obtain documentation and present a copy to ODS for review.
Office for Disability Services (ODS)
The Pennsylvania State University
116 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-1807 [V/TTY]
Fax: (814) 863-3217
Carlisle Students must schedule an appointment to meet with Holly Parrish, Director of Student Services, who will submit the documentation you provide to ODS for evaluation.
Documentation must meet Penn State's guidelines. ODS will review documentation and recommend accommodations, if any, to the Law School. The determination of reasonable academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services is determined on a case by case and a course by course basis. You are required to demonstrate through documentation that your disorder/impairment meets the definition of a disability under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Since it may take several weeks to obtain all required documentation, you should begin this process as soon as possible.