Bucknell University’s Office for Accessibility Resources (OAR) offers a wide variety of legally mandated services to students with temporary, documented disabilities. Services are extended to students with temporary disabilities only for the duration of their functional limitations associated with their disability. The eligibility process is outlined below and is based on a case-by-case review. After talking with the student and reviewing the documentation, the Director will determine appropriate academic services and accommodations depending on how the student is limited in the academic and/or physical setting. The Director will provide appropriate information so that the student may access the accommodations for which student is eligible. In most situations, the student is responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner and to follow OAR policies and procedures for accessing accommodations as outlined in this section.
A student who has a temporary impairment/injury and in need of a personal mobility device (i.e., electric scooter) must provide their own personally prescribed mobility device and are solely responsible for this mobility device. The OAR will work with the student regarding areas for charging and storing, as well as any housing or change of venue needs.
Bucknell University does not provide golf carts nor are golf carts permitted on campus.
Students in need of a mobility device have several financial options:
A student with a temporary impairment/injury in need of accessible routes during inclement weather is advised to talk with the Director of the OAR. The Director will help with planning accessible routes and will work with Facilities to ensure that the routes are cleared in a timely manner. Immediate snow removal cannot be guaranteed, particularly if arrangements were not made ahead of time. View a pdf version of the campus map.
Medical/Health Related Need
All Bucknell University students have access to Student Medical Transport Services for referrals and medical appointments off-campus. Students can schedule a driver by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information should be included in the email:
Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance. Once you request a driver, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your trip.
Bucknell University has a fully accessible fleet of shuttles that takes students off campus for shopping and other needs. Information on the Shuttle Schedule can be found at www.bucknell.edu/Shuttles
A student with a temporary impairment/injury inquiring to park in accessible parking spaces must have a state-issued accessible (“handicapped”) parking placard as well as the appropriate Bucknell University parking permit.
To receive a Bucknell University parking permit, the student must contact Public Safety to obtain the appropriate parking permit that must be displayed along with the state-issued accessible parking placard. Information on Bucknell Parking can be found at http://parking.bucknell.edu/
All accessible parking placards, permanent or temporary, must be obtained through the student's state of residence. For Pennsylvania residents, the application for temporary parking placards can be found at http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/mv_forms/mv-145a.pdf
A first-year student who requires a car for a temporary impairment/injury must first contact the OAR and provide the necessary documentation. The student must then send an email request to Chief Barilar, the Chief of Public Safety, at email@example.com, and copy the OAR Director firstname.lastname@example.org.
A student with a temporary impairment/injury who is in need of accommodations to support them in the academic setting will need to contact the OAR Director. Reasonable academic accommodations will be provided on a temporary basis and must be supported by documentation.
A student requiring information regarding a change in their course load should contact their academic dean for advice (e.g., drop/add policies, withdrawal from a class and incomplete grades). The most important advice is to communicate with your academic dean and the instructor of the course regarding options for continuing and completing course work.
A student with a temporary impairment/injury who is in need of a housing accommodation will need to contact the OAR Director. The OAR Director will work closely with Housing Services to provide reasonable accommodations; however, based on limited space and time, housing accommodations cannot be guaranteed.
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