Determination of Eligibility and Approval of Special Accommodations

It is the policy of New York Institute of Technology to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, including students with learning disabilities, health impairments, and other disabling conditions. Possible accommodations include, but are not limited to, test schedule 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 accommodation. It must be understood that accommodations for disabilities are meant to facilitate educational opportunities. Admission to the College 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 an "Application for Services" forms and an intake interview with the Assistant Director of Accessibility Services prior to the academic term. A student can request accommodation at any point during the academic term. However, if a student does not provide the Assistant Director written notification of disability until after he/she has been academically unsuccessful, accommodations cannot be applied to the situation of past failure, only to future academic endeavors. Appropriate modifications or accommodations will be worked out on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily incorporate all requested changes.

Determination of eligibility and approval of special accommodations will be made by an Eligibility Committee (including the 504/ADA Coordinator, at least one individual responsible for coordinating disability, and an administrative representative from the academic school in which the student is enrolled). This committee will also review all requests for changes in accommodations. Requests must be submitted in writing. Within two weeks of receiving the request and all pertinent documents, a written response will be issued. The committee will provide a written accommodation statement for each specific academic area it deems appropriate, including library facilities. Faculty and other personnel will provide accommodations only according to the official written accommodation statement. This document will not cover accommodations for a student as an employee; such accommodations must be separately requested through the Office of Student Employment.

It is the responsibility of the student who requests accommodations to provide the following:

  1. Documentation prepared by a professional qualified to diagnose disabilities, including, but not limited to those appropriately certified or licensed as physician, educational diagnostician, learning disability specialist, or psychologist/psychiatrist in accordance with NYIT's requirements.
  2. Documentation, including the testing procedures followed, the instruments used to assess the disability, the test results, and interpretation of the results.
  3. Documentation specifying recommended accommodations.
  4. Students with certain disabilities may be required to provide additional testing or appropriate documentation of the disability as determined by the Eligibility Committee.

All information submitted concerning the disability is confidential and will be released to instructors or others only with written consent of a student.

Students needing auxiliary services, such as readers, interpreters, or note takers, etc. should discuss these with the Assistant Director of Accessibility Services. In addition to discussing appropriate educational modifications, the 504/ADA Coordinator will serve as a liaison with other college faculty and administration on behalf of students with disabilities, including the Office of Student Employment for those students who are also employees and in need of accommodation in the workplace.

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

  • Use of the Learning Center and listing of free tutorial services
  • Individual, confidential, counseling and advisement about their concerns
  • Academic monitoring, career counseling, and general study skill, time management, and goal setting assistance
  • Referral to qualified resources for diagnostic evaluation of learning disabilities at the student's expense

New York Institute of Technology does not offer students with disabilities the following:

  • Diagnostic evaluation for disabilities
  • Special classes
  • A reduced standard for academic performance
  • Exemption to graduation requirements
  • Credit for effort in place of demonstrated competence in the content