Campus Accessibility

The Office of Disability Services reviews Villanova University policies and practices regarding students with disabilities, as well as physical plant accessibility and operations and offers recommendations for changes and modifications, as appropriate.

Our office collaborates with several offices including Residence Life, Public Safety, Dining Services, Facilities Management and other key departments regarding collateral access issues for housing placement and general campus accessibility, such as:

  • Campus Visitation for students, family members, and guests
  • Accessible housing facilities
  • Accessible in classrooms and labs
  • College-sponsored events and assignments at off-campus venues
  • Modifications to existing facilities under revised DOJ Accessible Guidelines:
    • Life /Sports Building access (gym, pool, bathrooms)
    • Residential Services (specifically, freshman dorms & other non-accessible dorms)
    • Other academic and non-academic campus facilities
  • Campus-wide available handicapped parking access
  • Personal Care Attendant access
  • Van/transportation access
  • Graduation Exercises – physical and the introduction of CART/captioned broadcast services

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services at Villanova University are encouraged to meet with ODS staff and help develop and individual plan of accommodation. Students with conditions that may rise to the level of a disability must provide appropriate, comprehensive, and current documentation that outlines the need for the specific college-level accommodations. Documentation must identify the diagnosed condition, present evidence of the condition’s impact on a major life activity, and provide a history of previously used accommodations and services.

All requests for accommodations are individually reviewed using a collaborative approach after the determination process is complete. Once accommodations are approved, faculty members are contacted about the request for accommodations. We encourage our students to set up a private meeting with each of their teachers to discuss their personal situation and to discuss the individual protocol for accommodations.