Learn more: Testing Accommodations for Hybrid Courses
Learn more: Accessible Technology and Supporting Students with Disabilities
Important Policy and Procedure Information for Faculty and Staff
We request that you include the following statement, or something like it, in your syllabus: "If you are a student with a disability or health condition in need of classroom accommodations and have not already registered with Student Accessibility Services, please visit ycp.edu/sas or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about establishing accommodations. If you already have accommodations, I welcome you to share your memo with me if you plan to use your accommodations in my class."
Provision of Accommodations
York College provides reasonable accommodations in accordance to section 504 of the Rehab Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works collaboratively with faculty and staff to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Professors are responsible for providing the identified classroom accommodations. All accommodations are voluntary on the part of the student.
The Accommodation Memo
It is the student’s responsibility to provide SAS with proper documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations, and to meet with SAS to obtain their accommodation memo. The student is then responsible for showing the memo to each of their professors and discussing any questions or concerns. Please take time to discuss the accommodations with each student to ensure that you both have a clear understanding of expectations.
Extended Time and Separate Room Testing
The student is responsible for requesting extended time, separate room testing, and/or use of assistive technology prior to each test date. A week’s notice is recommended, but testing accommodations should not be denied if it is still reasonable to schedule, even with shorter notice. If the student has scheduled to take a paper & pencil test through Testing Services, it is your responsibility to submit the test via the Exam Submission form found on the portal. Students may also make mutually agreeable arrangements directly with you for extended time or separate room testing. In this case, please know that extended time means up to double time and separate room means a reduced distraction environment. If your student uses the Testing Center, the completed exam will be scanned to you within 24 hours, usually the same day. The Testing Center does not administer make-up tests for students not eligible for testing accommodations.
If a student is eligible for and requests note-taking assistance, this means you may either privately provide the student with copies of your own notes or assist him or her in identifying a good volunteer note-taker in your class. In order to do the latter, please be discreet by simply stating, either verbally to the class or in an email, something like, "We are seeking a volunteer to share notes with a student in this class. If you feel you are a thorough and accurate note-taker and are willing to assist one of your classmates by providing access to your notes, please see me after class/reply to this email." It will then be up to the student to make arrangements with that volunteer. If a volunteer does not come forward, please let SAS know.
If a student is eligible for recording lectures and opts to do so, he or she is responsible for letting you know that they will be recording. In that case, please also advise the class that there will be “a student” recording. Students eligible for this accommodation sign a statement indicating that they will not share the recording with other students or post it on any online sites.
This refers to things such as all videos having captions and all electronic documents being readable by a screen reader. Please click on “Accessible Technology and Supporting Students with Disabilities” above for more information as well as written and video directions.
Animals in the Classroom
There are two types of animals allowed on campus: service dogs and emotional support animals (ESA). Service dogs are trained to perform a specific task and are allowed anywhere on campus with their handler. ESAs are not specifically trained and are restricted to the residence halls. Thus, only service dogs are permitted in the classroom, and they should remain with the handler and not cause any disruption to the class. Handlers are asked to email their professors prior to the start of the semester to advise that they will be bringing a service dog to class. Should the professor or a classmate have a concern about a dog allergy or phobia, please contact SAS.
Suspect a Disability?
If you suspect that a student has a disability, but that student has not shown you an accommodation memo, please feel free to discreetly address your concerns directly with the student and provide him or her with the contact information for SAS. But keep in mind that disclosing a disability is purely voluntary on the part of the student.
Special Considerations for Faculty