Student Rights and Responsibilities
A student with a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if:
- he or she has disclosed that disability to AccessAbility Services in the Center for Student Success,
- provided appropriate documentation to AccessAbility Services,
- requested accommodations in a timely manner, and
- is "otherwise qualified" to participate in the college's programs and activities.
A "student with a disability" is defined as one "who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment". A "qualified" student is one who meets the requisite academic and technical standards required for admission to the college.
Reasonable accommodations may include:
- test accommodations such as extra test time, distraction-reduced environment, alternative formats;
- assistive technology devices;
- audio taped lectures;
- peer notetakers/readers/scribes;
- alternatives to print materials, e.g. books on tape, electronic text;
- physical accessibility arrangements;
- sign language interpretation for deaf students;
- course substitutions or waivers;
Hartwick College is not required to provide requested or preferred accommodations, but rather reasonable, appropriate and effective accommodations for disabilities that are adequately documented and for which a request is made. While an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan may help identify services that were effective for a student in high school, the college is under no obligation to duplicate such services if it is determined that they are not appropriate to the current classroom environment and academic standards.
The request for accommodations should be initiated by speaking with an AccessAbility Services staff member in the Center for Student Success. Staff can also assist if students are uncertain about the appropriateness of an accommodation or if guidance is needed in determining if additional accommodations might be needed.
Students with disabilities are expected to develop good self-advocacy skills and to have full knowledge of the impact of their disability and be able to verbalize this to faculty. All students are expected to comply fully with the academic standards as well as the Code of Conduct established by the College.