Student Services Process
Requesting Academic Accommodations
Students requesting academic accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS), participate in an intake interview and submit current documentation as required. ODS staff utilize an interactive review process to determine the necessary academic accommodations. Students are required to follow ODS’s procedures for initiating and maintaining accommodations as outlined below.
It is important to note that academic accommodations due to a disability cannot be given in an academic course without prior written approval from the Office of Disability Services.
Notification of approved accommodations to instructors
At Princeton, the course instructor is primarily responsible for providing the academic accommodation(s) in testing situations as this affords the instructor the opportunity to maintain academic control over the academic evaluation process. Specific arrangements may be handled by the instructor, preceptor or departmental administrator. To ensure smooth implementation of testing accommodations, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate with course instructors at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements for implementation. The instructor is not required to provide the accommodation(s) if this communication does not take place two weeks in advance of the need for accommodation. Timely notification allows instructors the opportunity to secure the appropriate venues to allow for extended test-taking time or a reduced-distraction environment (this does not necessarily mean a private room). Arrangements may also need to be made for the use of a clean laptop, provided by ODS.
Accommodations not related to testing situations are primarily arranged by ODS. Students that receive e-text as an accommodation must purchase textbooks/ documents to be converted and deliver them to ODS. The student will be notified via e-mail when the material is ready to be picked up. Engagement of notetakers requires a coordinated effort between the student and ODS. The optimal arrangement is for the student to recommend a preferred student within each class to perform the services of notetaker. In the event that the student does not recommend a notetaker, ODS will engage a student enrolled in the class.
Housing and Dining Accommodations
The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate students (ODUS) receives requests for housing and dining accommodations. Documentation of a disability must be presented in order to request accommodations. For information on special needs housing and the process tfor making requests, please visit the ODUS website.