Academic Accommodation Information for Prospective Students

The Office of Academic Advising and Student Support Services provides support for students with disabilities who request academic accommodations. Each request for accommodation will be considered individually based on the accommodation(s) requested and the documentation provided.

Common Accommodations

Common academic accommodations include (but are not limited to):

  • Extended time for quizzes and exams
  • Allow quizzes and exams to be completed in a separate, minimally distracting environment (Note: we do not have a campus testing center, so this accommodation is not guaranteed to be met with an individual, private space for each student.)
  • Note taking assistance (allow use of laptop for note taking, audio recording of lectures, access to professor or classmate’s notes for study purposes)
  • Accessible reading materials (electronic versions of textbooks and reading assignments for magnification or use with text-to-speech technology)

Medical or Psychiatric Diagnoses

For medical and/or psychiatric diagnoses, we may also consider the following accommodation:

Allow extended time to complete assignments when medical symptoms are exacerbated. Faculty and student should confer together about the student’s needs, and reach a clear, mutually-understood agreement regarding the amount of extra time that will be allowed for a particular assignment.

Excluded Accommodations

Academic accommodations we do not provide:

  • Excused absences (see Gettysburg College’s Policy on Class Attendance and Absence)
  • Flexible deadlines
  • Personal assistants
  • Priority registration

Academic Support

Academic Coaching Services:

The Office of Academic Advising and Student Support Services coordinates professional academic coaching services for students upon recommendation of our professional consultant and one of the Deans of Academic Advising and Student Support Services. This service is free to students and is limited to one hour per week. We do not provide daily coaching services.

Additional Academic Support:

Students should communicate directly with their professors and advisors to discuss the best sources of academic support for individual classes. Additional opportunities include:

Peer Learning Associates:

Experienced students may be assigned to many individual courses or departments to support student learning. Visit to view the list of PLAs for each semester. List is usually available in the second week of classes. Contact: Dustin Beall Smith,

Writing Center:

Peer tutors to provide writing support across all disciplines. Ground Floor of Breidenbaugh Hall. Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00 pm. Contact: Will Lane,

Peer Research Mentors:

Experienced students across various disciplines who staff the Research Help Desk at Musselman Library. Research Help Desk Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9 am-5 pm & 6-10 pm, Friday: 9 am-3 pm, Sunday: 6-10 pm. Call: 717-337-6600. Text: 717-473-4532. Contact:


Drop-in support for all levels of calculus based courses in the Math department. Glatfelter 204. Monday- Thursday 7-10 pm. Contact: Cindy Helfrich,

Policy on Class Attendance and Absence

The College recognizes that regular attendance at all classes is an essential part of its academic purpose and clearly is the responsibility of the individual student. Each student is accountable for all work missed because of absences from class, and instructors are under no obligation to make special arrangements for students who are absent from classes. Instructors must explain their individual or departmental attendance policy during the first class meeting and/or in their course outlines. Class absences will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the instructor of the course. There is no such thing as an “officially excused” absence from a class at Gettysburg College. If a student will miss class for any reason (for example, religious observances, college trips, family emergencies, or illness), students must discuss this absence with their instructor in advance whenever possible. The student will be ultimately responsible for making up any missed work; however, in some cases, it may not be possible to make up missed work. When students are seen in the Health Center, they are provided documentation of each appointment, and they can share this documentation with faculty if needed.

If you must miss class, we encourage you to notify your professors as soon as possible with as much information as you can provide about the date of your anticipated absence, the reasons, and your plan for making up any missed work. Students should ask the professor to let them know if they have any questions about the absence or any instructions to give about making up the missed work. Students should include in any written or e-mail message their campus box number, telephone number, and e-mail address.

On occasion, even if absences are due to documented medical or emergency situations, students may miss so much class that they are not able to meet the goals of the course. In these cases, students may be advised to withdraw from the course.