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Advising Handbook

Campus Resources » Disability Resource Center

SUB 205, 257-3020,

Disability Resource Center (DRC) coordinates services for persons with permanent and temporary disabilities. Services include, but are not limited to, extended time for exams, books on tape, use of the Accessible Van Service to get to and from the classroom area, and coordination of sign language interpreting services. The staff of DRC works with faculty and staff to ensure that students with disabilities are receiving reasonable accommodations. DRC also functions as the liaison with Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, and Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID). The College is committed to achieving full participation and integration for persons with disabilities into it's community.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center upon their acceptance to the college. Students may, however, contact the Disability Resource Center at any time during their college career at New Paltz. The initial contact will ascertain the nature of the disability (physical, health-related, learning, or psychological), the level of support received thus far, and what services and accommodations are needed by the student. This information is used to determine the college's ability to meet the student's needs.

A person's right to accommodation is protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Under the guidelines set forth by this legislation, a person with a disability has responsibilities as well. The student with a disability is responsible for:

  1. Self-identifying him/herself to the Disability Resource Center.
  2. Providing documentation for the disability(ies) to the Disability Resource Center.
  3. Requesting academic accommodations such as use of auxiliary aids, testing arrangements, program modifications, room change for an inaccessible building, and other disability related adjustments.
  4. Informing the instructor in a timely manner of his/her concerns with the course structure and possible need for accommodations.
  5. Maintaining the same responsibility for his/her education as students who are non-disabled. This includes maintaining the same academic level, attending class, maintaining appropriate behavior, and timely notification of any special needs.