Services for Students with Disabilities

Current Students

Accommodation Letters:  

In order to use approved accommodations students must pick up an accommodation letter from Disability Services each semester, and share it with their professors.  In order to receive the letter, each semester students must first submit a signed release form to Disability Services, confirming that the student wants the letter released to them.  

Disability_services@sunyulster.edu 

VAN 128A  

845 687 5121 (phone)

845 688 6052 (fax)

Disability Services Coordinator: Sonia Levine

levines@sunyulster.edu 

 

Testing Center (HAS 101, testingcenter@sunyulster.edu):

The Testing center proctors exams for students with approved testing accommodations by appointment.  Taking an exam in the Testing Center ensures that students have access to all their approved testing accommodations.   Students who wish to take an exam in the Testing Center, must make an appointment, and notify their professor.  Appointments must be made at least two full business days in advance.  Appointments can be made by emailing testingcenter@sunyulster.edu and CCing the professor.  The appointment email must include the date and time of the exam appointment, and the name of the course.  All information must be included in the email for the appointment to be made. 

Technology:

Every student computer on campus is equipped with Word, and Read, Write Gold for spelling help, text reading, word look up, and font changes. 

Disability Services can lend devices to students students who have approved accommodations for that device (ex: tape recorder, or FM transmitter).  Students must come sign the items out in VAN 101.  If the items are not returned after the semester, a hold may be placed on the student’s account. 

The college also subscribes to several providers of books in alternate format.  Students with an approved accommodation for books in alternate format will be given an account to these services.  Students must independently locate their books on this account, but Disability Services can help if they are having difficulty.  Additionally if a needed book is not available through those services, Disability Services can help students secure those books, but it can take time, so students should make their requests early. 

Mobility Supports

Parking lots offer accessible parking spaces. Campus parking stickers for students with disabilities are issued by Campus Public Safety located in Hasbrouck Hall (first floor).  Students with Mobility Disabilities can also request classroom changes if the location is inappropriate for their needs, but they must do so well before the semester begins.  Students can contact the Disability Services Coordinator before the beginning of the semester to identify any structural barriers requiring a room change.  

Issue with campus, class, or professor:

Any time students with approved accommodations have a concern or issue they should bring it to the attention of the Disability Services Coordinator.  The Disability Services Coordinator will work directly with the student, and anyone else necessary, to find satisfactory solutions for everyone.  Disability Services can work with staff and faculty to address student concerns, and can also support students to advocate for themselves.  Additionally, updates to approved accommodations can be made based on documented need.  For issues to be resolved students must report those issues to the Disability Services Coordinator, and remain involved, providing any needed information, until the matter has been satisfactorily addressed. 

Additional supports:

All students with disabilities can participate in Student Support Services, a federally funded TRIO grant program that provides academic, career, transfer, and financial aid counseling.  

All students can also use tutoring services, learning specialist, and study space through the Learning Center VAN 247, (845) 687-5039, lac@sunyulster.edu

Student Responsibilities:  

Accommodation Letters:  

In order to receive the accommodation letter, each semester students must first submit a signed release form to Disability Services, confirming that the student wants the letter released to them.  The student must then share that letter with their professors. 

Testing Center:

Appointments must be made at least two full business days in advance.  Appointments can be made by emailing testingcenter@sunyulster.edu and CCing the professor.  The appointment email must include the date and time of the exam, and the name of the course.  If information is missing the appointment will not be made until the information is provided. 

Technology:

Students must come to VAN 101 and sign out needed items for approved accommodations (Tape recorder, FM transmitter).  If the items are not returned after the semester, a hold may be placed on the student’s account.  
Students who have an approved accommodation for books in alternate format will receive accounts with book providers.  The student is responsible for independently locating their books on this account, but Disability Services can help if they are having difficulty.  Additionally if a needed book is not available through those services, Disability Services can help students secure those books, but it can take time, so students should make their requests early. 

Mobility Supports:

Campus parking stickers for students with disabilities must be requested from Campus Public Safety located in Hasbrouck Hall (first floor). 

For classroom changes, students must contact the Disability Services Coordinator before the beginning of the semester to identify any structural barriers requiring a room change.  

Issue with campus, class, or professor:

For issues to be resolved students must report those issues to the Disability Services Coordinator, and remain involved, providing any needed information, until the matter has been satisfactorily addressed. 

Additional supports:

For participation in TRIO students must fill out a TRIO application and submit it to Student Support Services in VAN 101.

For Learning Center Services the Students must seek out the appropriate Learning Center staff and follow request procedures. 

 

FAQ:

Q: I didn’t pick up my accommodation letter yet, is it too late? 
A: No, accommodation letters are available all semester long, and professors must accept them anytime, however accommodations are not retroactive.  So if a student gives a professor an accommodation letter late in the semester, the professor’s does not need to allow the student to re-do things from before the accommodations letter was submitted.  The student will still be entitled to all their accommodations moving forward after they have given the letter to their professor. 

Q: I forgot to email the Testing Center, and now my test is less than two full business days away.  Can I still get an appointment?
A: Possibly.  It will depend on availability, and how many other students are scheduled and what their needs are.  As soon as a student realizes they have an exam they should email for the appointment, because the Testing Center may indeed be able to accommodate them, despite the late notice.  Any time an appointment is made with at least two full business days of notice the Testing Center will schedule the appointment, and guarantee that the student’s testing accommodations are provided.  However, if a student schedules late, then the Testing Center may be unable to secure adequate space and staffing in time to meet the student’s needs.  For this reason, students should always try to schedule exams as far in advance as possible. 

Q: I want to take my test in my classroom, am I allowed to?
A: Yes.  Students always have the right to refuse any approved accommodation.  Students can choose when and if they want to use their accommodations. 

Q: I think my accommodations need to change.  Is there anything I can do?
A: Yes, notify the Disability Services Coordinator right away.  Changes can be made to student’s accommodations as long as there is documentation supporting the need.  Sometimes a file review is enough to make the requested change.  Other times a Dr.’s note, or new verification form, or new evaluation may be needed.  The first step is notifying the Disability Services Coordinator.  

Q: A professor is refusing to follow my accommodation letter, is there anything I can do?
A: Yes, notify the Disability Services Coordinator right away.  Students are entitled to their approved accommodations, and no single professor or staff member can deny any student those accommodations.  The student must notify the Disability Services Coordinator so that the matter can be resolved.   If Disability Services does not know about the issue, we cannot work to resolve it. 

Q: I have a disability or I had an IEP or 504 in High school, how do I get accommodations in College? 
A: Students will need to provide disability documentation and should request these services early, so the College can make the necessary arrangements. All Disability documentation should be submitted to the Disability Services Coordinator.  Acceptable disability documentation is either:

    1. A psycho-educational evaluation, neuro-psych evaluation, or psychological evaluation

OR

    1. An IEP or 504 plan WITH assessments listed above or other supporting evaluations 

OR

    1. A disability verification form completed by an appropriate professional (link to PDF) WITH assessments listed above or other supporting evaluations 

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