Accommodations & Services
Kutztown University is committed to providing accessible programs, services, and activities, and provides reasonable accommodations to individuals registered with the Disability Services Office (DSO). Click here for more information about requesting accommodations.
Additionally, there are many resources available for all students within our campus-wide support system. Click here for more information on campus resources.
Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis through an interactive process with the DSO staff. Academic accommodations are meant to provide the student with equal access without fundamentally altering the essential elements of a course or degree program. Examples of common accommodations may include but are not limited to:
Test accommodations- may include the following:
- Extended Test Time
- Distraction Reduced Testing Environment
- No Scantrons (alternative response format)
- Test Reader
- Test Scribe
- Use of a Computer for Tests
In consultation with the student, faculty members will assist in arranging test accommodations. The Disability Service Office has a Testing Center where students may test in individual or small room format. The DSO is also able to arrange for Test Readers and Scribes through the DSO Testing Center. Click here for more information on the DSO Testing Center.
Note Takers- Note takers are provided for students who require assistance with note taking in class. Note takers upload their notes to D2L and are required to upload notes within 24 hours after the class. The students receiving notes have the responsibility to download their notes in a timely manner. The note taking system is anonymous; protecting the privacy of the student with a disability.
Recording- Recording of lecture material is considered a reasonable accommodation for students whose disabilities dictate assistance in this venue. Students using this accommodation sign a contract during the student accommodation plan meeting agreeing not to share the material.
AAlternate Textbook Materials- Alternatives to the traditional textbook may be provided for those students who demonstrate need. Please refer to the the "Alternate Text Formats" page.
Interpreters- Interpreter services need to be requested at least four weeks prior to the first day of instruction, and as soon as possible for a university event. The university cannot guarantee that interpreter services will be available on the first day of instruction for those students who choose to apply for services later than four weeks prior to the first day of instruction. However, every effort will be made to have interpreter services available to students, and to satisfy a request for an event as soon as possible. Students with hearing impairments may contact the Disability Services Office at 610-683-4108 or TDD at 610-683-4499.
Assistive Technology- All university computer labs have Zoomtext and Jaws available.
Physical Access, Mobility Training and Orientation- Arrangements are made to ensure that classrooms are in accessible locations. It is important that mobility impaired students declare their disability and notify the Disability Services Office of any problems with access at least four weeks prior to the first day of instruction to ensure access. Mobility orientation for students with visual impairments is provided by The Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BVS) of Pennsylvania. Students need to contact their local BVS office or the BVS office in Wilkes-Barre at 570-826-2361 or 1-866-227-4163to arrange for mobility orientation.
Registration- Priority registration is available for students with disabilities who have a documented need for this service. The need for priority registration is assessed on a case-by-case basis.