Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the process for registering as a student with a disability with the DRC?
A: Students should submit disability documentation to the DRC and schedule an intake meeting with a DRC staff member to register and/or receive academic accommodations.
Q: What are the disability documentation requirements?
A: It depends on the disability. Please see below:
- Learning Disability (Psychological and Educational evaluations as well as IEP or 504 Plan).
- ADHD (Psychological and Educational evaluations & IEP or 504 Plan and/or New Paltz Disability Verification Document).
- Mental Health (Please have your Psychiatrist complete the New Paltz Disability Verification Document).
- Medical (Please have your specialist complete the New Paltz Disability Verification Document).
Q: Will I have the same accommodations I had in high school?
A: Not necessarily. The goal of accommodations in higher education is to promote equal access and opportunity. Thus, accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis with reference to specific functional limitations. A plan will be made for academic accommodations by the student and DRC staff member.
Q: Is there a separate admissions process for students with disabilities?
A: No. Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same admissions criteria as all other students. It is up to the students whether they want to self-identify during the admissions process as having a disability in the personal statement. Please do not send disability-related documentation to Admissions as it will not automatically be forwarded to the DRC.
Q: How are professors informed of my need for accommodations? Will they know my disability?
A: Professors are informed of a student's need for accommodations by notifications which are delivered electronically by DRC staff members. Students currently registered with the DRC complete an semester request each semester and the instructors are notified of the student's accommodations. As noted above, diagnoses and/or specific information about the student's disability are not included.
Q: How do I know that the DRC received my request to schedule an exam?
A: If you scheduled the exam at least 3 business days in advance, the DRC should have received the request successfully. If you did not schedule the exam at least 3 days in advance, please contact the DRC immediately to request to take an exam. Students that do not request exams at least 3 business days in advance cannot be guaranteed a space at the date and time requested.