Policies and Procedures
Alternate Format Policy
Temple University is dedicated to the inclusion of students with a disability in all activities, programs and services offered by the University. In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, public institutions are mandated to provide qualified persons with a disability access to alternative format materials as needed for educational purposes. The production of alternative format materials is a reasonable accommodation to a disability that requires a high level of cooperation between Temple University and its students. Read the full alternate format policy.
Accessibility of Information and Technology Policy
Temple University is committed to ensuring that the information and technology that it creates or provides in conducting its activities is accessible in accordance with applicable law. All members of the university community with responsibility for creating, managing or disseminating information and technology are responsible for ensuring that such information and technology are compliant with this policy and the related standards and guidelines. Read the full accessibility of information and technology policy.
Temple University is dedicated to the inclusion of students with a disability in all activities, programs and services offered by the University. In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, public institutions are mandated to provide qualified persons with a disability access to materials and services as needed for educational purposes. The purpose of this policy is to set forth our policy on clear communication between the Department of Disability Resources and Services and the students it serves.
Read the full communication policy.
General Purchasing Policies and Procedures
Any information and technology - including, but not limited to, computers and ancillary equipment, instructional materials, software, videos, multimedia, telecommunications, or web-based content or products - developed, procured, maintained, or used in carrying out university activities must be compliant with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and other related local, state, and federal laws, as well as other related university policies. The Accessible Technology Compliance Committee may grant exceptions to this policy under circumstances including, but not limited to, undue hardship or if a reasonable accommodation can provide appropriate access. Please read the full purchasing policies and procedures.
Although staff attempt to work collaboratively with students in facilitating disability-related services, it is possible that misunderstanding or disagreements may arise. If students have difficulty with academic adjustments approved by DRS, they should discuss concerns with the person who initially made the recommendations. If a disagreement about the appropriateness of recommendations continues, they should speak with the DRS Associate Director. Students who are not able to resolve a problem at DRS should request an appointment with the Senior Associate Dean of Students at 215-204-7188.
Read the full grievance procedure.
Personal Care Attendant Policy
In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Temple University permits the use of a personal care attendant (PCA) by qualified students with a disability to access all building facilities, classrooms, programs, activities and events.
Under this policy, Temple University does not provide individuals with personal devices or services of a personal nature including assistance with personal care services (i.e., dressing, bathing, feeding, transfers, errands, etc.). Students are responsible for hiring, training, supervising and payment of their PCA services.
Read the full personal care attendant policy.
Service Animal Policy
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Temple University permits the use of service animals on its campuses in order to achieve access to programs, activities and services. Under this policy, Temple University does allow service animals in all buildings, classrooms, residence halls, meetings, dining areas, recreational facilities, activities and events when the animal is providing an approved service for a student with a documented disability. Read the full service animal policy.