The City College of New York
Student Disability Services
North Academic Center, Rm.1/218
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
P | 212-650-5913 TTY\TTD: 212-650-6910
F | 212-650-5772
E | firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty play a key role in ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to City College's programs and curricula. While students with disabilities may require adjustments to the way information is presented or in the method of evaluation, there is no need to lower standards for students with disabilities.
If students in your course are registered with AAC, they will present you with an Accommodation Memo outlining the accommodations recommended by AAC following careful review of the student's needs and disability-related documentation. If you have any concerns regarding the accommodations, please contact AAC immediately. Registered students will also provide you with an Exam Accommodation Request Form for each exam or quiz. If you would like AAC to proctor your exam or quiz, please complete and sign the form and provide it to the student to be dropped off at AAC at least 5 days prior to the exam or quiz. If you would like to provide the student with accommodations, AAC does not need to receive a completed form.
It is important to discuss appropriate accommodations with students; however, asking questions about a student's disability, such as the diagnosis, must be avoided. Students have the legal right not to disclose the diagnosis; they need only discuss how reasonable accommodations assist them in their academic environment.
It would be helpful for faculty to include a statement about accommodations on their syllabi:
Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable academic accommodations if determined eligible by the AAC. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility from the AAC, which is located in NAC 1/218. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the AAC and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.
CUNY has published A Faculty Guide to Teaching College Students with Disabilities which contains useful information about the needs of students with various types of disabilities and helpful suggestions for how to meet their needs in your classroom.
|Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty|
What should I do when a student hands to me directly his or her documentation of a disability?
The student should be directed to take the documentation to our office:
FAQs Adapted from the University Of Iowa Faculty FAQ