Policies and Procedures for Students with Disabilities
The following procedures apply only to students falling under the Office of Accessibility Services. NYIT adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 and associated regulations. 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 has made reasonable modifications in policies, practices, procedures, and/or facilities when such modifications were necessary, to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals. The Office of Accessibility Services has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in Subtitle A of the Americans with Disabilities Act of (ADA) of 1990.
Role of the Office of Accessibility Services:
- 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 accessibility services available on campus and how to access them
- Provide notification to faculty and staff regarding specific accommodations required by a student
- Provide notification to Housing and Residential Life regarding specific accommodations required by students
- Provide accessibility awareness training to faculty, staff and administrators.
- Provide feedback to faculty regarding general assistance available through the Office of Accessibility Services
- 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 for students with disabilities are the same as for all other students. The college does accept ACT and SAT scores given under special conditions (i.e., extended time or oral). 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.
Eligibility for Services
To be eligible for services and/or accommodations in an academic or residential setting, students with disabilities must identify themselves and present professional documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services. This documentation must be recent, 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 the student obtain adequate documentation. The student bears the responsibility for any expense that may be incurred in the process.
The documentation must include the following:
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability and date of the most current diagnostic evaluation
- Diagnostic tests, methods and criteria used
- A description of the current functional impact of the disability which includes specific test results and interpretations
- Treatments, medications, or assistive devices or services currently prescribed or in use
- The credentials of the diagnosing professional (the diagnosing professional may not be a family member).
An individualized educational plan (IEP) or 504 plan does not constitute sufficient documentation unless it includes the report of the comprehensive assessment battery as stated above. However, useful information for planning appropriate accommodations is often provided in the IEP; thus, it can be considered as one component of the documentation.
Once the documentation is received, recommendations for accommodations both academic and residential, adaptive devices, and support services will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Procedures for Obtaining Accommodations
- Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must meet individually with the Assistant Director of Accessibility Services.
- Students must provide the appropriate documentation of the disability (as outlined above). The documentation will be maintained in a confidential file and information will only be released with the written consent of the student.
- Arrangements for accommodations are made on an individual basis and are designed to equalize access to educational opportunities. Students must meet individually every semester with the Assistant Director of Accessibility Services to request accommodations.
- The Assistant Director of Accessibility Services will provide the student with the official notification forms, listing the accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to deliver these forms to their professors, have them signed by the professor, and returned to the Office of Accessibility Services. The student is encouraged to meet with their professors to discuss the authorized accommodations.
- The Office of Accessibility Services will arrange for the implementation of the services/accommodations (e.g., note takers, residential accommodations, special testing arrangements, assistive devices) in conjunction with the professors involved. Once services are in place it is the student's responsibilities to inform the Office of Accessibility Services of his/her needs in a timely manner. (See Rights and Responsibilities)
- Students are encouraged to promptly communicate with the Office of Accessibility Services about any difficulties encountered with the implementation of accommodations both academic and residential.
- Accommodations are non-transferable.
- The student, the Office of Accessibility Services, and the field placement/internship site will arrange accommodations at field placements and internships for credit bearing courses.
Student Code of Conduct and Academic Integrity
All students must adhere to the NYIT 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 due process procedures must be equally applied without regard to a student's disability.
Formal Grievance Procedure
New York Institute of Technology has adopted 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.