Faculty and Staff


Students with disabilities are best served in the most integrated setting possible. All Penn faculty and staff are responsible for providing equal access to Penn students with disabilities.

The Provost’s Memorandum is the policy of record providing guidance and information on reasonably accommodating students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are provided while preserving the academic integrity of the course or degree program.

The Weingarten Center recommends that course instructors include the following statement in their syllabus:

University of Pennsylvania provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities who have self-identified and been approved by the Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS). If you have not yet contacted SDS and would like to request accommodations or have questions, you can make an appointment by calling SDS at 215-573-9235. The office is located in the Weingarten Learning Resources Center at Stouffer Commons 3702 Spruce Street, Suite 300. All services are confidential.

Resource Pages in Canvas

The Weingarten Center has created two Canvas pages that highlight key resources and services – one for undergraduates and one for graduate/professional students. We have designed these pages to be shared with faculty and staff across the University who can import them into their existing Canvas courses. Please review Weingarten Center Canvas Pages for more information and to request access.

Using the MyWLRC Faculty Portal for Disability Services

Effective July 1, 2020, Student Disabilities Services is pleased to introduce the enhanced MyWLRC Portal for students and faculty, a suite of new online tools to interact with disability services. The new tools will allow students to register with SDS, upload disability documentation, renew accommodations each semester, schedule accommodated tests, and upload texts for conversion to alternate formats. Faculty will be able to view and sign student accommodation letters, provide information about accommodated exams, and upload exams directly into the faculty portal. Bullet points below provide quick guides for faculty on using these new tools. For more detailed information, please contact SDS for assistance.

Student Accommodation Letters

  • After receiving an email notification from Student Disabilities Services, log in on the MyWLRC Faculty Portal.
How to Sign an Accommodation Letter

Faculty Resources for Online Exams

How to Add an Extended Time Accommodation for an Individual Student
Visit the Canvas Website for step-by-step instructions on how to add extended time to your Canvas quiz or exam.
How to Apply Stop the Clock Breaks for Online Exams
Students who received stop the clock breaks during an online exam or quiz will need an additional 25% of time added on to their total time. SDS recommends that you use one of the formulas below to apply the stop the clock breaks in the virtual environment.
(A) Students who ONLY receive Stop the Clock Breaks:
Example:
50 minutes + 25% = 63 minutes
(original time + breaks = full time)
(B) Students who receive Stop the Clock Breaks AND Extended Time:
Example:
50 minutes + 25 minutes = 75 minutes + 19 minutes in breaks = 94 minutes
(original time + 50% extended time = total time + breaks (25% of the total time) = full time)