Types of Accommodations

The scope of accommodations provided by PLNU are based on official medical documentation, availability of resources, personnel, and discretion of the Director of the DRC. In compliance with university policy, students with disabilities may be eligible for one or more of the following accommodations. 

Academic Accommodations

In general, an accommodation is a change in the learning environment to provide equal opportunity for academic or physical accessibility. The nature of the accommodation is considered individually, using recommendations in the documentation of the disability. Accommodations are to be reasonable, not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program, and not fundamentally alter the academic and technical standards. Also, accommodations such as note-takers are not in lieu of classroom attendance and participation.

Possible academic accommodations at PLNU may include, but are not limited to:

  • Electronic Textbooks
  • Exams: Alternative Environment
  • Exams: Time Extensions
  • Note-taking Assistance
  • Reader Services
  • Recording Lectures
  • Reduced Course Load
  • Assistive Technology
  • Scribe

Non-Academic Accommodations

Non-academic accommodations are related to activities and services not found in the classroom, yet support an equitable campus environment. The nature of the accommodation is to provide a qualified individual with an equal opportunity and access.

Possible non-academic accommodations at PLNU may include, but are not limited to:

  • Parking
  • Housing
  • Dining

Dietary Accommodations

The Live Well program at PLNU provides students with individualized meal planning assistance. In conjunction with the partnership between Sodexo Dining Services and the DRC, this program is administered by PLNU's registered dietitian.

Do you have food allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances? You can work alongside the registered dietitian to have your needs met in the dining hall.

To get started:

  • Submit official medical documentation related to your dietary needs to the DRC.
  • Schedule an appointment with the registered dietitian in the Wellness Center.

You are encouraged to learn more about managing your food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances by visiting the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) website.

Our campus dining facilities are equipped and dedicated to providing safe, healthy, and delicious options for students who have food allergies, Celiac disease, and other dietary needs. Dining managers and chefs are certified through the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Great Kitchens© program to accommodate a gluten-free diet.

Housing Placement Considerations

All requests for disability housing accommodations must be submitted to the DRC for review by February 15 for fall semester housing placement and by November 15 for spring semester. New students may make housing accommodation requests following admission to the university.

Expectations and Conduct

Students with disabilities are expected to meet at least the minimal academic standards, as well as the technical standards of university programs as described in the student handbook, undergraduate catalog, and/or faculty syllabi. This includes meeting the university's grade point average and academic progress standards. Qualified students will receive reasonable accommodations to provide equal access toward progression to academic and technical standards.