Cedar Crest College is committed to ensuring students with disabilities are welcomed as a part of our diverse community and that they have equal access to participate in all programs and services offered by the College.  The process of requesting and being approved for accommodations is an interactive one and requires student involvement.  Students who intend to request accommodations will need to:

“Self-identify” in order to receive services, by first meeting with the Director of Learning and Disability Resources.  During this meeting the student will: discuss a diagnosed condition, the functional limitations the student experiences as a result of this condition, and requests for accommodations (academic, residential and/or dining).

Provide supporting documentation of their condition, which assists in further identifying accommodations that are reasonable and appropriate.  Students are not required to bring documentation to the initial meeting; however, should the student already have documentation (such as school system Evaluation Reports, Re-evaluation Reports, IEP or 504 plans, etc.), it may be provided at that time.  

Students may receive accommodations due to the functional limitations caused by many types of conditions such as attention disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, chronic health conditions, cognitive impairments, communication impairments, food allergies/insensitivity, hearing impairments/deafness, learning disabilities, physical/mobility issues, mental health conditions, brain injury/concussions, visual impairments/blindness and others.    

Once a student is approved for accommodations, the Director works closely with the student, the student’s instructors, and other departments (Residence Life/Housing, Student Affairs, Dining Services etc.) to coordinate provision of accommodations.   Please note that we consider the provision of accommodations to be a “fluid” process: a student’s condition may change, a student may be diagnosed with an additional condition, an accommodation may not be effective, etc.  Therefore, it is important the student work closely and communicate in a timely manner with the Director for any necessary adjustments throughout their time at Cedar Crest. 

Although accommodations may be requested at any time, it is advisable for incoming first year and transfer students to request accommodations several months in advance of the beginning of their first semester at Cedar Crest.  Prompt requests will provide adequate time to ensure reasonable and appropriate accommodations are in place for the student prior to the start of classes. Please note that accommodations are not applied retroactively once approved.


If you are interested in requesting accommodations and are not yet receiving them, you can make an appointment with the Director of Learning & Disability Resources via Disability Resources Appointments and selecting a “New Student” appointment (if you are already receiving accommodations, please select a "follow up" appointment).  You will then need to complete the form and “confirm” the booking.  Please note that appointments are currently only (until further notice) being conducted by phone and you will call in at the beginning of your appointment (information is provided in appointment form and confirmation email). Once you have completed this process, you will receive a confirmation email. Appointments are traditionally scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. - please call 610-606-4666 ext. 4462 if you require an appointment outside our normal office hours.

Are Accommodations Retroactive?

Accommodations are not retroactive.  You must complete the accommodation request process and be approved for accommodations before accommodations become active.  For this reason, proactive planning is very important; if you are experiencing an on-going condition that impacts major life activities, such as learning, you may want to consider contacting Disability Resources to discuss your issue and to start the process of requesting accommodations.


Disability Resources does not typically notify instructors of student absences. If you are absent and need an instructor notified, please use the Absence Notification Request on the Student Affairs page of My Cedar Crest.

Students with Chronic Physical or Mental Health Conditions

Your health is important!  Health Services at Cedar Crest offers short term care for routine illness as well as short term counseling for students dealing with unexpected challenges in their lives. If you have a chronic physical or mental health condition for which you receive regularly scheduled long term care (medical appointments or treatment, therapy etc.), please make certain that you arrange for the same level of care, locally, while you are at Cedar Crest College.  This may help you maintain your health and prevent “flare-ups” of your condition.  Remember … throughout the years you attend college, you’ll be on campus more than you’ll be home!

Currently Enrolled Students with Acute Injuries

Accommodations are typically provided to students with long-term/permanent conditions/disabilities (over 6 months).  However, on a case-by-case basis, Disability Resources may also provide accommodations to students with temporary conditions as the need arises. Currently enrolled students with acute injuries (such as concussions, broken bones etc.) who are in need of accommodations should contact Academic Services (610-606-4628) immediately for the next available appointment.  Please note that this interactive process may take some time so students are advised to submit documentation to Student Affairs (Absence Notification Request) regarding any absences they may have had in relation to the injury/condition. Students are also encouraged to work with instructors regarding any missed content, assignments and/or testing that occurs after the injury and before accommodations are in place.


Returning Students with Previously Approved Accommodations

Students with approved accommodations who have graduated, taken a leave of absence, or exited the College for any reason, will be placed in "Inactive" status. Such students must email or call Disability Resources (advising@cedarcrest.edu; 610-606-4628) to notify the office that they intend to re-enroll. Students should provide at least one weeks notice in order for staff to place them in "Active" status and generate Accommodation Letters.