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 disability 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 listing of 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:

Old Westbury:
Assistant Director of Accessibility Services
Student Activities Center, 3rd Floor
516.686.4934
aalesi@nyit.edu
Manhattan:
Assistant Director of Accessibility Services
26 West 61st Street, Mezzanine Level
212.261.1770

Formal Grievance Procedure

New York Institute of Technology has adopted has adopted 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.

Procedure for Disability Related Complaints

  1. A complaint should be filed in writing, contain the name and address of the person filing it, and briefly describe the alleged violation of the law or regulations. Address complaints to:
    Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services,
    New York Institute of Technology,
    Student Activities Center, Room 304,
    PO Box 8000,
    Old Westbury, NY 11568
    516.686.4934
  2. A complaint should be filed within 10 workdays after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation where the specific incident or occurrence happens.
  3. An investigation conducted by the Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services, as may be appropriate, shall follow a filing of a complaint. The investigation shall be informal but thorough and afford all interested persons and their representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint.
  4. A written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution, if any shall be issued by the Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services, and forwarded to the complainant no later than 10 workdays after its filing.
  5. The Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services shall maintain the files and records relating to the complaints filed.
  6. The complainant can request a reconsideration of the case in instances of dissatisfaction with the resolution. The request for reconsideration should be made within 10 workdays to the Dean of Students – NYIT, Student Activity center, OW Campus. A written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution, if any, shall be issued by the dean of students and forwarded to the complainant within 10 workdays after the request for consideration.
  7. If a grievance is against the Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services, the Formal Grievance Procedure is followed except the complaint should be filed with the Dean of Students and the request for reconsideration should be filed with the Vice President of Student Affairs.
  8. The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by nor shall the use of this procedure be prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.*
  9. These rules shall be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested parties to meet appropriate procedural standards, and to assure that New York Institute of Technology complies with the ADA implementation of the regulations. Address complaints to:
    Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services,
    New York Institute of Technology,
    Student Activities Center, Room 304,
    PO Box 8000,
    Old Westbury, NY 11568
    516.686.4934

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

IMPORTANT:
Grievants who are enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine must follow the procedure contained in the below link as the above formal grievance policy does not apply to those persons:

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