Requirements

  • Application Process

    Students interested in applying for services offered by Gannon University's Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (PSLD) are encouraged to apply as early as possible during their senior year of high school. To apply for admission to the Program, students are required to:

    Complete a Gannon University standard admission form.

    Submit the most recent official documentation to the Director of the PSLD. This may include standard scores for psychological tests sent directly to the PSLD office by a licensed psychologist. The psychological report should contain detailed recommendations for appropriate, reasonable accommodations. Students who have ADD must have their physician send a letter to the PSLD Director that documents a diagnosis of ADD. Recommendations for accommodations should be included in the verifying letter along with the date they last saw the student

    Note the extent to which limitations, if any, impact major life activities.

    NOTE: Gannon University students enrolled in PSLD may select any academic major offered by the University as long as they meet the requirements of the major.

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Students will make appointments with their professors to discuss accommodation needs. To help with this responsibility, students will be provided with a letter to present to their professors helping to verify and disclose accommodation recommendations. Please see our PSLD Secretary for more information. She is located in the PSLD offices in the AJ Palumbo Academic Center, suite 1022.
    2. Students who require extended test time (usually time and one-half) should notify the PSLD as soon as possible in advance of the exam date. Also, at this time please note if there will be a need for a reader or scribe. This request depends upon official documentation.
    3. Students may sign up on the "test/exam board" in the PSLD Center at least 3 days prior to the exam date to give staff time to arrange for accommodations.
    4. Students should sign up for on-going appointments with PSLD Learning Specialists for weekly tutoring.

    Special Exam Requirement/Procedure

    • When a student with a disability discloses that he/she is enrolled in the PSLD and requests extended exam time, please e-mail or send a hard copy of your exam to the PSLD offices located in the AJ Palumbo Academic Center -1022.
    • Students must speak with their professors to make alternative testing arrangements/accommodations. They may take the exams under the supervision of a PSLD proctor. Questions? Call Jane Kanter, Director PSLD ext: 5360. Our PSLD Center and offices are located in the A J Palumbo Academic Center, suite 1022.
    • Please address your exam envelope in care of Jane Kanter. The exam will be returned directly to your office or, if you prefer, your exam can be delivered to your mailbox.
    • Special exam forms provided by the student are available for professors to use as directives.

     Information for Faculty

    • Otherwise qualified students with documented LD and/or ADHD, who request extended exam time or other accommodations, must give their professors written notification from the Director of PSLD verifying their request for accommodations.
    • Students should make an appointment to meet with their professors to deliver letters of disclosure of a disability and to discuss the accommodations that will be necessary in each class. Unless otherwise specified, exams taken in the PSLD Center should be scheduled at the same time as the regular class hour except for evening classes. Students taking evening classes, who request exam accommodations, should make arrangements to take exams during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
    • If professors have questions, s/he may contact PSLD for clarification or assistance, though the details of a student's disabling condition cannot be discussed without the student's permission.

    The Law and It's Impact on Postsecondary Education Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of…disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

    Colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance must not discriminate in recruitment, admission, or treatment of students. Students with documented disabilities may request modifications, accommodations, or auxiliary aids, which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all postsecondary educational programs and activities. Postsecondary institutions must make such changes to ensure that the academic program is accessible to the greatest extent possible by all students with disabilities.

    Under the provisions of Section 504, universities and colleges can make modifications for students with disabilities such as:

    • Remove architectural barriers.
    • Provide reasonable accommodations. *
    • Allow extra time to complete exams.

    Permit exams to be proctored, read orally, dictated or scribed.

    Please note: reasonable accommodations do not negate requirements for successful completion of a course or program.