Bucknell University’s Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, the student may be eligible for an alternative format for printed materials accommodation. To initiate the process and be provided with this accommodation the student must register with the OAR. Please review the Process for Requesting Accommodations and Documentation Requirements which can also be requested from the OAR.
Alternative format may include:
Once approved, the student will need to complete the Alternative Format Request Form each semester. To ensure that course materials are ready for the first day of classes, students must submit both forms 4 weeks before the semester begins. Requests are processed as they are received. Additional requests require 2 weeks notice once the semester begins.
In order to scan a book (if needed), we may need to remove the binding from your book. You will be notified if this is necessary and the book will be rebound at no additional coast. This process can take up to 2 weeks. Your book will be returned to you as soon as possible.
Students are required to notify the OAR as soon as possible if there are changes to the syllabus (reading materials added, deleted, or date changes), course add/drops, and if any materials are not formatted correctly or prove to be inaccessible.
Proof of Ownership
Publishers will share their digital files as long as they are confident that the student has purchased or rented a copy of the book. Therefore, students requesting books in alternative format must provide proof of ownership before files will be shared. Proof of ownership documents may be mailed, emailed or dropped off to Heather Fowler, 212 Carnegie Bldg., firstname.lastname@example.org. A photocopy of the receipt from a bookstore, amazon, or other vendor is required before the alternative text will be released.
Process and Student Responsibility
The OAR is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations in a timely manner. Noncompliance on the part of the student with procedures stated above may result in major delays.
Notify the OAR immediately of changes to class schedule or if difficulty with the text files if any arise.
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