Reasonable Accommodations and Documentation: NYITCOM

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New York Institute of Technology adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of this institution's classes or facilities. The College of Osteopathic Medicine makes reasonable modifications in policies, practices, procedures, and/or facilities when such modifications are necessary, to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals. The Deans in the Office of Academic Affairs have been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in Subtitle A of the Americans with Disabilities Act of (ADA) of 1990. Accommodations apply only to educational experiences at NYITCOM.

Role of the Disability Services Coordinator:

  • Serve as an advocate for students with disabilities to ensure equal access
  • Represent the interest of students on relevant campus committees
  • Provide information to students about disability services available on campus and how to access them
  • Maintain confidential records that document the disability and the plan for the provision of appropriate accommodation
  • Assist and encourage students to assume the role of self-advocate
  • Coordinate and oversee appropriate accommodations and delivery of these accommodations

Definition of an Individual with a Disability

As defined by the Americans with a Disability Act, an individual with a disability is:

  • A person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • A person who has a record of such impairment
  • A person who is regarded as having such an impairment

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for students with disabilities are the same as for all other students. It must be understood that accommodations for disabilities are meant to facilitate educational opportunities. Admission to the college and accommodations do not guarantee success. NYIT does not offer students with disabilities the following:

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

Animal Assistance

Please refer to NYIT's university-wide Assistance Animal Policy.

Eligibility for Services

To be eligible for services and/or accommodations, students with disabilities must identify themselves and present professional documentation to the Disabilities Services Coordinator, Cheryl Newman. You may contact her at or at 516.686.1446. Students enrolled at the Arkansas site may receive guidance on the accommodations process from Dr. Tracy Owens by contacting her at or at 870.680.8818, or they can contact Chery Newman directly.

Documentation must be recent (no older than three years), relevant, describing the nature of the disability, and providing recommendations for accommodations appropriate to the disability. If the documentation is incomplete or outdated, the college has the right to require that the student obtain adequate documentation. The student bears the responsibility for any expense that may be incurred in the process.


The evaluation and/or written documentation, MUST NOT be conducted by a family member and must be:

  • Typed
  • Printed on letterhead
  • Signed and dated by the evaluator

This documentation must include the following:

  • Evaluator's title, professional credentials, area of specialization, employer, and state/province in which individual practices
  • Date of the most current diagnostic evaluation
  • History of the disability if not newly diagnosed
  • A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, and a description of the current impact as it relates to meeting the various demands of higher education
  • All diagnostic tests, with specific test results and interpretations, methods and criteria used
  • Treatments, medications, or assistive devices or services currently prescribed, or in use
  • Expected progression or stability
  • Functional living skills (i.e., orientation and mobility and activities of daily living)
  • Notation of any medical equipment that is required
  • Notation of medications, if any, and potential impact on learning and/or side effects
  • Implications of existing co-morbid conditions
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Asperger's and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

The following type of documentation must be provided:

  • A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, or
  • A psychoeducational evaluation that includes aptitude and achievement (preferably one with measures normed for an adult) The Neuropsychological and Psychoeducational evaluation must contain the following:
  • Rating scales and objective measure of attention (for ADHD)
  • Standardized scales of symptoms related to Autism (Asperger's and Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Physical and mobility disabilities
  • Psychological/Mental Health conditions

The following type of documentation must be provided:

  • A supporting, detailed letter written by the treating professional

Beginning with the incoming Class of 2027, to be considered for accommodations, all documentation for existing conditions must be submitted by June 1 prior to the start of the academic year. Class of 2026 incoming students with existing conditions should submit the documentation as soon as possible.

Once the documentation is received, recommendations for accommodations and support services will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The review of new accommodation requests takes place once per month. Documentation must be received by the Disability Services Coordinator at least five business days prior to the scheduled monthly review date for the request to be considered during that month's review (see the Disability Services Coordinator for upcoming monthly review dates). Only in cases where there has been a new diagnosis will a new request be considered outside this schedule.

All students must adhere to the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Code of Conduct as well as the Academic Integrity Policy of the college. Sanctions for student conduct or academic honesty violations and guidelines for procedures must be equally applied without regard to a student's disability.


NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine ("College of Medicine") has adopted these internal procedures to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and/or their implementing regulations. Such laws prohibit discrimination in education on the basis of a disability.


A complaint concerning alleged discrimination or harassment by employees, students or third parties may be made orally or in writing, and should include the complainant's name and address, and briefly describe the alleged violation of university policy or law. Address complaints to:

Melissa D. Pond, Esq.
Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
New York Institute of Technology
Tower House, Room 106
Old Westbury, NY 11568

A complaint should be submitted within fourteen calendar days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation.

An investigation will be conducted, as may be appropriate, by the Assistant Dean of Educational Operations on the Long Island campus or the Assistant Dean of Student Administration on the Arkansas campus. The investigation shall be informal but thorough and afford all interested persons and their representatives, if any, an opportunity to present witnesses and evidence relevant to the complaint.

The relevant assistant dean will make a written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution, if reasonably possible within fourteen calendar days after receipt of complainant's submission. The determination will be sent to the complainant and the respondent.

The Assistant Dean of Educational Operations shall maintain the files and records relating to the complaints filed on the Long Island campus and the Assistant Dean of Student Administration for the Arkansas campus shall maintain the files and records relating to the complaints filed on the Arkansas campus.

The complainant and respondent can request a reconsideration of the case in instances of dissatisfaction with the resolution. The request for reconsideration should be made within five calendar days to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Serota Building, Room 234, 516.686.1276. A written determination shall be issued by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and forwarded to the complainant and the respondent within ten calendar days after the request for reconsideration.

If a grievance is against the Assistant Dean of Educational Operations of the Office of Academic Affairs, or the Assistant Dean of Student Administration for the Arkansas campus, this grievance procedure is followed except the complaint should be submitted to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the request for reconsideration should be submitted to the Dean of the Medical School or their designee.

The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint submitted hereunder shall not be impaired by nor shall the use of this procedure be prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.*

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine will take steps to prevent discrimination and harassment, to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and harassment, and to remedy its discriminatory effects on complainants and others, if appropriate.

This grievance procedure shall be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested parties to meet appropriate procedural standards, and to assure that NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine complies with applicable regulations.

* Other remedies include the filing of a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights or other responsible federal agencies.


Grievants not enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine must follow the procedure contained in the New York Tech Student Handbook: U.S. Edition as the above procedure applies only to students actively enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.