Students are not obligated to self-disclose a disability. However, self-disclosure is required when the student anticipates a need for accommodations or services relating to a disability. A phone call, personal interview, or the submission of the Voluntary Disclosure of a Disability Form will initiate the process.
Procedure for Requesting Academic Accommodations at Hartwick College
- Submit the Voluntary Disclosure of a Disability Online Form.
- Fax or mail the required documentation based on the type of disability to AccessAbility Services, Center for Student Success.
- Documentation review can take up to two weeks to complete. It may be necessary to seek further information from the student and/or the diagnostic evaluator.
- Upon arriving on campus the student must meet with a representative from AccessAbility Services. These meeting must continue at the beginning of every semester to discuss accommodation needs and receive the letters for his/her instructors. During this meeting, specific guidelines and procedures relating to accommodations will be discussed.
If a student chooses not to self-disclose a disability, the student cannot receive formal academic accommodations. Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- test accommodations, such as extra test time, distraction-reduced environment, alternate formats;
- assistive technology;
- recorded lectures;
- note-taking services;
- alternatives to print materials, e.g. audio texts, electronic text;
- physical accessibility arrangements;
- sign language interpretation; and
- course substitutions.