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Accommodation Procedures

Students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations under 504/ADA. A student wishing any accommodation or modification must first meet with a staff member from the Office of Academic Services (O.A.S.).

Members of the faculty and staff of Providence College will not provide any academic accommodation or modification until they receive official notification from the O.A.S. Accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of the educational program will not be approved.

The following is a partial list of accommodations that a students may be qualified to receive, depending the specific nature of their disabilities.

Extended time for exams:

  • Students may receive additional time (up to 100%) to complete their exams.
  • Please refer to our testing procedures for additional information.

Alternate/quiet exam setting:  

  • Students may be eligible to take tests in an alternate setting with fewer distractions.
  • The O.A.S. has a testing room available.


  • Supplemental class notes may be provided if the student’s disability warrants this accommodation.
  • Students must attend class regularly and make reasonable efforts to take their own notes in order to receive this service..

Use of a computer for tests:

  • Students who qualify may use a computer to take essay exams.
  • The O.A.S. owns computers for student use in the testing room.

Written materials in an alternate format:

  • The O.A.S can create electronic versions of textbooks for students who require them. Students can also obtain audio books from Learning Ally.
  • Students are responsible for furnishing the course syllabus and hard copies of all books that need to be converted.

Digital Recorder: Students may request permission to record lectures and class discussions

Readers and Scribes: Students may use readers and scribes for test taking purposes.

Braille: Handouts, tests, etc., may be Brailled for students who are visually impaired.

Interpreters: Sign language interpreters may be provided as necessary.

Priority registration: Some students may qualify to pre-register for courses.

Use of technical aid during an exam: Technical aids may include, but are not limited to, a calculator, dictionary, or spell-checker.

Alternate test format: Some students may qualify to take exams in alternate formats.

Reduced course load: Some students may carry less than the 12-credit minimum course load and still be considered full time.

Course substitutions: A course may be substituted for a required course if it does not fundamentally alter the nature of the educational program.