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Policies & Procedure Manual: Purpose

It is the policy of SUNY New Paltz to provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities. Federal law (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) established the rights of individuals with disabilities. SUNY New Paltz shall comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations regarding reasonable accommodations needed to provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities.

This document establishes the policy and procedure for determining accommodations for prospective students, matriculated and non-matriculated students, and visitors to campus events such as lectures, sporting events, or commencement ceremonies. Postsecondary institutions such as New Paltz have an obligation under the law to 1) put procedures in place to adequately respond to requests for accommodation, 2) develop a program or services for students with disabilities and 3) provide notice to all interested parties of the existence of the program, its location and the identity of the person to contact to obtain information and services.

The Director of the Disability Resource Center collects student disability documentation, determines accommodations related to academic course work and programs (as well as nonacademic areas such as housing, for example), and assists faculty, staff, and students with information and resources relating to disability. The Director also serves as a consultant for persons needing information or referrals to outside agencies or professionals.

The Affirmative Action Officer serves as the College's 504 and ADA Director/Compliance Officer. The ADA/504 Compliance Officer is available to assist faculty in gaining a greater understanding of the law and provide clarification of the College's obligation under the law to provide particular accommodations that may be requested by students. In addition, the Compliance Officer collects employee disability documentation and follows policy and procedure for employee requests for accommodation (see Employment and Accommodation).

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