Responsibilities & Rights



Students have the responsibility to:

Identify themselves as having a disability for which accommodations or assistance are required by meeting with the coordinator of Disability Services.

Provide documentation that meets the University's documentation requirements as outlined in this Handbook.

a. Note: The University is not required to provide accommodations until the student has provided sufficient documentation of the need for the accommodation.
b. Note: The University reserves the right to request additional documentation or testing to establish the need for a specific accommodation.

Inform faculty of desired academic adjustments.

a. Note: It is necessary to present an academic adjustment letter from the coordinator of Disability Services to the faculty member, and to discuss what is needed with the faculty member.
b. Note: It is not necessary to inform faculty of the exact nature of the disability.

Initiate timely requests for academic adjustments and auxiliary services.

Meet the academic standards and requirements of the University.

Follow through with the procedures for accommodations and/or services mutually agreed upon with the coordinator of Disability Services in order to continue receiving services. Students must meet with the coordinator at the beginning of each semester to request and discuss potential accommodations.

Initiate action regarding any grievance issues.

Students have the right to:

1. Receive equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities offered by Philadelphia University.
2. Receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids, as determined on a case-by-case basis.
3. Refuse accommodations and/or services at any time without jeopardizing their rights to any future accommodations and/or services.
4. Expect that information regarding their disability and need for accommodations will be treated confidentially to the extent practicable by the University offices involved.

Disability Services Office
ph: 215.951.6830
fax: 215.951.2770