What Are Accommodations?
Accommodations are changes made to the academic programs and activities provided by the College to remove barriers and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Accommodations may include auxiliary aids and services, which are devices or services that enable individuals with disabilities to receive information and effectively communicate with others.
All accommodations at Purchase College, including auxiliary aids and services, must be authorized by the Office of Disability Resources and are determined through an established interactive review process based on documentation received and a student’s narrative of his/her/their experience of disability/diagnoses, and barriers.
- Any student with a disability may be eligible to receive accommodations from the Office of Disability Resources (ODR)
- Accommodations are designed to reduce or eliminate any barriers that may exist because of an individual’s disability or diagnosis
- Having and using accommodations does not ensure success. Rather, accommodations promote non-discrimination and create opportunities for equal access
- Accommodations are determined through an established interactive review process based on documentation received and a student’s narrative of his/her/their experience of disability/diagnoses, and barriers.
- In order to access accommodations, students must disclose their disability to the ODR and indicate what accommodations they are requesting
Reasonable accommodations do not and should not:
- substantially alter the educational standards or mission of Purchase College;
- fundamentally alter the nature of the program, course, service, activity, and/or practice/policy;
- allow access to a program when a student is not otherwise qualified (with or without accommodations) to meet the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an educational program, course, services, and/or activity;
- cause undue financial hardship on the institution;
- be of personal service in nature (personal aid, individually paid tutor, etc.);
- pose a direct threat to the health and safety of the student with a disability or others as a result of accommodation implementation.
Accommodation requests that appear to be reasonable and logical based on a diagnosis or condition but fall under one of the categories listed above may not be approved. This decision will be made by the ODR following review and possible input from relevant Purchase College staff and faculty.
How Do I Request Accommodations?
For information on the process of requesting accommodations, please refer to the following pages: