Campus Accessibility

Accessibility is a shared value and a shared responsibility at Penn. The Weingarten Center partners with other departments throughout campus to coordinate and improve the accessibility of buildings and grounds, transportation, communication, and digital infrastructure.

Accessible Housing
All students planning to live on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year should apply for housing through MyHomeAtPenn.

Disability Services and Residential Services work together to review disability-related housing accommodation requests and make appropriate room assignments. Students who want to request a disability-related housing accommodation should connect with Disability Services by completing an Accessibility Request through the MyWeingartenCenter student portal.

First-year students requesting disability-related housing accommodations are encouraged to complete the three-step process ((1) submit an Accessibility Request, (2) submit documentation, and (3) complete an initial appointment with a disability specialist) by May 24 to ensure a suitable housing assignment. First-year students who meet the May 24 deadline will receive accommodation decisions the week of June 6. Housing assignments will be released by Residential Services in mid-June.  

Transfer and exchange students requesting disability-related housing accommodations are encouraged to complete the three-step process by June 24 to ensure a suitable housing assignment. Transfer and exchange students who meet the June 24 deadline will receive accommodation decisions the week of July 4. Housing assignments will be released by Residential Services in mid-July.  

Dining
Disability Services works closely with Penn Dining to meet the needs of students with dietary restrictions due to a medical condition. Students seeking accommodations for their dining plan should register with Disability Services by completing the Accessibility Request through the MyWeingartenCenter student portal.

Emergency Evacuation
Disability Services works closely with the Division of Public Safety to support students with disabilities in planning for an emergency evacuation from campus buildings.

Penn Accessible Transit (PAT)
Penn Accessible Transit is a ride service for individuals with disabilities provided by Penn’s Transportation department. Students seeking accessible transit services should register with Disability Services by completing the Accessibility Request through the MyWeingartenCenter student portal.

Parking
Penn’s Transportation and Parking department manages the accessible parking options.

Penn Building Access
The Facilities and Real Estate Services department maintains information on the accessibility of Penn buildings. Their site includes maps and documents with accessibility information on every building on campus.

Accessibility Mapping Project
The Accessibility Mapping Project is a digital interface for mapping physical and social barriers on college campuses.

Web Accessibility
The University of Pennsylvania is committed to making its technology accessible to all people. This central website is a resource on all topics related to web accessibility at Penn.

Accessible Event Planning Guide
This guide offers event planners instructions, resources, and support to ensure that their events create a more inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities.