AccessAbility Services

Hartwick College is committed to providing equal access to qualified students with disabilities.

Staff in AccessAbility Services will coordinate individualized academic adjustments or modifications for any Hartwick student who is eligible due to a learning, physical, medical and/or psychological disability. 

Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act are the federal statutes that guarantee the right of people with disabilities to equal opportunity for access in all programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. They prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals solely on the basis of disability. Post-secondary education is governed by Section 504 and the ADA.

According to the 504/ADA, the student is responsible for providing appropriate documentation of a disability and requesting services. It further states that the student must be “otherwise qualified.” This means that despite having a disability, the student is able to meet the admission standards for the institution, and demonstrated that he or she is able to meet or exceed the academic standards set by the institution, and she or he must do so whether or not they request adjustments.

The diagnosis of a disability does not necessarily imply the need for services. Degree of impairment and current functioning are critical factors in determining appropriate adjustments. The documentation provided to Hartwick must be thorough enough to support the specific adjustment requested. If an individual requests adjustments for symptoms not reported in the documentation, further information will be required. In summary, the college student requesting an adjustment must demonstrate that he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a life function.


For more complete description of legislative laws, please visit

For additional information: U.S. Department of Education: Office of Civil Rights: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Contact AccessAbility Services at The Center for Student Success: