Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities: U.S. Campuses

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It is the policy of NYIT to provide reasonable accommodations for students who are otherwise qualified but have disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Such disabilities may include learning disabilities, health impairments, and other documented disabling conditions. Possible accommodations include, but are not limited to, testing modifications, class relocation, and possible assistance in acquisition of necessary equipment. Admission requirements for students with disabilities are the same as for all other students.

The college has an interest in helping students with disabilities to be competitive in this academic environment. Therefore, reasonable accommodations will be made upon proof both of disability, and need for the accommodations, by a diagnosing professional with appropriate credentials, for example, a medical doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. The diagnosing professional may not be a family member. It must be understood that accommodations are meant to facilitate educational opportunities. Admission to NYIT and accommodations do not guarantee success. Therefore, in addition to accommodations, the college encourages utilization of auxiliary services available to all students to maximize opportunities for success.

Students whose disabilities may require some type of accommodation must complete a Request For Accommodations form and an intake interview with the assistant director of accessibility services, prior to the academic semester. Accommodations may be requested at any time during the semester, however, accommodations cannot be applied to past failures, only to future academic endeavors. Appropriate modifications of accommodations will be worked out on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily incorporate all requested changes. Students for whom auxiliary services—such as readers, interpreters, note takers, etc.—have been approved should arrange these with their campus services coordinator.

In addition to discussing appropriate educational modifications, the campus services coordinator will serve as a liaison with other college faculty and administration on behalf of students with disabilities. Students, other than those receiving accommodations for a disability approved by the campus services coordinator as protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, are prohibited from using electronic recording devices in the classroom without prior permission from the instructor.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to take advantage of the following related services available to all students at NYIT:

  1. Use of the Learning Center and free tutorial services
  2. Individual, confidential counseling and advisement
  3. Academic monitoring, career counseling and general study skills, time management and goal setting assistance
  4. Referral to qualified resources for diagnostic evaluation of learning disabilities at the student's expense

NYIT does not offer students with disabilities the following:

  1. Diagnostic evaluation for disabilities
  2. Special classes
  3. A reduced standard for academic performance
  4. Exemption to graduation requirements
  5. Credit for effort in place of demonstrated competence in the content

Students wishing to discuss the availability of services for physical disabilities or temporary disabilities, or who wish to identify barrier problems, should contact their campus services coordinator. For further information regarding disability-related programs or services, contact:

Long Island:
Assistant Director of Accessibility Services
Student Activity Center, 3rd Floor
516.686.4934

New York City:
Assistant Director of Accessibility Services
33 W. 60th St., Room 308
212.261.1770

aalesi@nyit.edu

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