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Office of Academic Services

2nd level of the Phillips Memorial Library
Phone: 401-865-2494

For additional information:
Jennifer Rivera
Assistant Director for Disability Support Services
Phillips Memorial Library, Room 227
Phone: 401-865-1121

Nicole Rozzero
Graduate Assistant
Phillips Memorial Library, Room 228
Phone: 401-865-1215



Students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations under 504/ADA.  A student wishing any accommodation or modification must first meet with a staff member from the Office of Academic Services (OAS).

The faculty, administration, and staff of Providence College are not mandated to provide any accommodation or modification until the OAS officially notifies them.  In addition, accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of the educational program will not be approved.

The following is a list of accommodations that a student may be qualified to receive depending on their disability.

Possible accommodations may include:

Extended time for tests and exams

  • A student can receive additional time (up to 100%) to complete his/her tests.
  • The OAS has a testing room available.
  • Students must notify their professor prior to the testing date if additional time is requested.
  • Students must schedule the exam in the OAS at least two days in advance of its date. 
  • Please review specific testing procedures for important information 
Alternate/quiet setting for taking tests  
  •  A student may take his/her test in an alternate setting with fewer distractions.
  • The OAS has a testing room available.
  • Please review specific testing procedures for important  information.
  • Notetakers may be used if the student’s disability warrants such a service.
  • Services will be determined on an individual basis depending on the course.
  • Students are responsible for informing the OAS if notes are missing, incomplete, or poorly written/photocopied.
  • Any misuse of note taking services, for example, unauthorized duplication or distribution of notes or using notes as a substitute for attending class, will be grounds for termination of such services.  Students must attend class to continue receiving notes.
Use of computer
  • Students who qualify may use a computer to take essay exams.
  • The OAS has computers available for students to use for essay exams.
Written materials in an alternate format
  • The College uses The Pearl scanner for students who need their books in an alternate format. Students can also obtain audio books from Learning Ally.
  • Students are responsible for furnishing the course syllabus and hard copies of all books that are needed to be scanned.

Digital Recorder - Students may request permission to record lectures and class discussions

Readers and Scribes - Students may use readers and scribes for test taking purposes.

Braille - Handouts, tests, etc., may be Brailled.
Interpreters - Oral and sign language interpreters will be provided as needed.

Priority registration - Some students may qualify to pre-register for courses.

Use of technical aid during an exam - Technical aids may include, but are not limited to, a calculator, dictionary, spell-check, etc.
Alternate test format - Some students may qualify to take exams in alternate formats.

Reduced course load - Some students may carry less than the 12-credit minimum course load and still be considered full time.

Course substitutions - A course may be substituted for a required course if it does not fundamentally alter the nature of the educational program.

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