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Gannon University's Office of Disability Services (ODS) offers
academic accommodations for all students with documented
disabilities. The Office assists eligible students in receiving
*reasonable accommodations pursuant to Federal law - Act 504
(1973), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 1990), and Americans
with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA 1990) - under current
guidelines from the Office of Civil Rights and Department of
The ODS requires that all students who
apply for academic accommodations, such as extended test time,
provide official documentation sent directly from the
diagnosing agency to ODS, Palumbo Academic Center, first
floor. Documentation should include documentation of the
disability by a licensed professional and a statement concerning
resulting limitations and recommended accommodations.
Official forms for students to provide to his/her
doctors/physicians or diagnosing agencies will be provided by the
ODS office. Completed forms must be mailed or faxed directly to Dr.
Harvey Kanter, Gannon University, Office of Disability Services,
Palumbo Academic Center, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541: fax
The documentation for diagnosis of a disabling condition and the
functional limitations experienced by the student will be reviewed
by the professional staff.
Staff will determine the appropriate, reasonable academic
accommodations, if any, for each student on an individual,
case-by-case basis. A diagnosis of a disorder, condition, or
syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an
individual for accommodations.
A student with psychological diagnosis must provide
documentation prepared by a licensed mental health professional,
psychologist/psychiatrist, physician, detailing the current
diagnosis of a disabling condition and the impact such condition
will have on the student's academic activities. It is recommended
that students with psychological disabilities be reevaluated yearly
to maintain an updated profile of their condition and academic
Students seeking information or assistance in any matter
regarding qualification, accessibility or reasonable accommodations
should contact Dr. Kanter promptly upon admission to the
University. Students may also come to the Student Success
Center in the Palumbo Academic Center (PC1025) to make an
appointment with the Coordinator.
Reasonable accommodations do not negate requirements for
successful completion of a course or program.
In determining the University's definition of reasonable
accommodations to an otherwise qualified student with a disability,
issues to be determined may include:
The University is not required to provide
School districts are responsible for identifying, evaluating and
Students are responsible for self-disclosure, providing current
documentation and for obtaining disability services
Legal mandate: Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Free
Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
Section 504 and American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Services include individually designed instruction modifications
based on IEP and provided by school personnel
Reasonable accommodations may be provided based on documentation
to offer equal access
Progress towards IEP goals is monitored and communicated to the
parent(s) and/or student
Students are required to monitor their own progress and
communicate their needs to instructors/specialists
Provide a school directed schedule
Students must manage their own time and schedules
Guidance is provided for students to keep them aware of
Graduation requirements are complex and based on field of study.
Student is responsible for monitoring progress and seeking
Modifications that change course outcomes may be offered based
on the IEP
Modifications that change course outcomes will not be
Students may be reminded of incomplete assignments
Students are responsible to check with instructors and complete
Teachers may know students' needs and approach to offer
Instructors may be open and helpful but expect students to
initiate contact when assistance is needed
Study time outside of class may vary averaging 1-3 hours per
Study time outside of class generally averages to at least 2-3
hours for each hour in class.