Students with disabilities should contact Learning Support Services (LSS) once they have been accepted as a student at Villanova University. In order to obtain reasonable academic accommodations, a student must register with LSS by submitting current documentation. Your documentation is confidential and will be kept in LSS. Students should make an appointment to review details of services and make plans for the upcoming semester.
Documentation varies depending on the specific diagnosis, but it typically includes a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement and information processing, reporting of standard scores and percentiles, and a clinical summary. The report should include specific recommendations for accommodations and an explanation as to why they are necessary. This information, in conjunction with our meeting with the student will help determine the need for reasonable accommodations. Check the documentation guidelines section of our website.
A qualified evaluator should perform testing. For example, clinical or educational psychologists, school psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals that are trained in the assessment of specific disabilities in adolescents and adults would be qualified evaluators. It is not considered appropriate for professionals to evaluate family members.
The University provides services to students with disabilities. Assistance is provided, but much of the responsibility for follow through is up to the student. Students who anticipate needing a great deal of structure and support should seriously consider a college with a comprehensive program.
Reasonable academic accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment. Some of the more common accommodations are extended time for tests, recording lectures, notetakers, and use of books in an alternate format. Reasonable accommodations in a postsecondary environment may differ from those available to the student in secondary school. Depending on the nature of the disability and the accommodations requested, the amount of advance notice provided may impact the University's ability to provide accommodations.
Foreign language is a requirement for Arts & Sciences majors, and the University does not provide waivers or substitutions for this requirement. A student who experiences severe problems in foreign language learning may petition the Assistant Dean for the Office of Undergraduate Students in Arts & Sciences for possible modification of the requirement. Students will often find their greatest chance of success in a language is when taken in isolation, such as in the summer term. If a student has not been taking a foreign language in high school, it may be appropriate to postpone fulfilling the requirement during the freshmen year.
There are several tutoring resources available to all Villanova students; some are free of charge. Learning Support Services can assist in locating supports on campus.
The Admissions staff will evaluate your application the same way it evaluates all applications. The staff wants to admit students who will be successful at Villanova. They will evaluate your chances of success on the basis of information about your high school academic performance, SAT/ACT scores, essay, and school activities. For additional information about the University's admission procedures, please contact the Admission Office. If you are admitted and choose to attend Villanova, documentation of your disability should be sent separately to Learning Support Services. Documentation sent to Admissions is not forwarded to the Learning Support Office.