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Fact Sheet for Instructional Staff

 

This fact sheet is designed to highlight crucial tips and information to support your role in accommodating students with disabilities who are registered with the Office of AccessABILITY. For questions, concerns, and assistance, please contact our office at 212.772.4857.

Dos & Don'ts

Please...

...include the following statement in your syllabus to encourage students to visit our office to self-identify and request accommodations. Please also consider offering reminders throughout the semester via announcements.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In compliance with the ADA and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational access and accommodations for all its registered students. Hunter College's students with disabilities and medical conditions are encouraged to register with the Office of AccessABILITY for assistance and accommodation. For information and appointments, visit the Office of AccessABILITY in Room E1214 or call 212.772.4857/or VRS 646.755.3129

...ask your student to show you their Accommodation Card (upon their disclosure as having registered with our office) and connect you with their AccessABILITY Counselor, via email so that they may confirm the accommodations and address any questions or concerns you may have. When in doubt always contact our office for further assistance.

...contact the Office of AccessABILITY if you have questions about a student's needs. While we are not at liberty to reveal a student's diagnosis, our Counselors can assist you in understanding the nature of the accommodation.

...announce exams/quizzes in advance. Our students are required to submit signed Testing Accommodation Forms at least two weeks before the scheduled exam or quiz. Our staff is always happy to work with you and your students to finalize arrangements. If a request is late, however, it may require rescheduling, and/or the instructor may be responsible for facilitating the exam and the accommodations.

... make general announcements to remind students to submit testing accommodation forms if they plan on using accommodations and complete all required information on the Testing Arrangement Form to prevent delays in services (e.g. pickup and delivery information along with special instructions).

...always caption media presented in your course. This is a legal mandate for all campus personnel. Media that is not captioned must not be shown in class if a student requires this as part of their accommodation (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students). For questions regarding captioning, please contact our Coordinator of Interpreting Services, Jasper Thacker at jthacker@hunter.cuny.edu.

...create accessible documents for those with vision or learning conditions (readable material, large fonts, alternate text, etc.) for your course before presenting them to your class to ensure all students can access materials at the same time. This helps to avoid retrofitting accommodations for a student which can be time consuming for everyone involved. If needed, please consult our office for making such provisions.

...meet with a student individually to discuss how their accommodations will apply to your course and to establish the best mode of communication to discuss accommodation related matters. Students' accommodations are subject to change throughout the semester based on condition or additional documentation.

Please...

...do not ask the student to submit medical documentation to you. Should you receive such documentation, please return it to the student and ask them to submit to our office directly

...do not request (or make) a copy of a student's Accommodation Card.

...do not disclose a student's status as registered with the Office of AccessABILITY to other students, faculty or staff. Please make classroom announcements general and individual inquiries in private.

...do not ask students why they are registered with AccessABILITY or for specific information about their disabilities. Students may disclose their conditions voluntarily but must not be asked to do so.

...do not forbid students from recording your lectures, as this may be a necessary and approved accommodation through the Office of AccessABILITY. Students must, however, submit the Classroom Lecture Recording Agreement Form to you in advance when use of a recording devise in your class is established as a form of accommodation. Recorded/transcribed lectures may not be shared with anyone, whether in the class or outside the class, without the consent of the Instructor. The recorded/transcribed lecture is protected by copyright laws and all intellectual property rights in the recorded/transcribed lecture belong to the Instructor and should be returned upon request.

Other Important Points

  • Students have the right to disclose their affiliation with AccessABILITY and need for accommodations at any point during the semester.
  • Accommodations cannot be mandated or forced upon students.
  • Students who stop attending class due to medical/ disability related emergencies must always be granted a "WU" grade. When unsure please call us for confirmation before assigning any grades.
  • Students must abide by CUNY's conduct policy despite having a disability or a diagnosed medical condition.

 

Please look through the Reasonable Accommodations booklet for more information.

Links to further information points of interests are provided below.

Overview of Services

Sample Syllabi

The following link provides you with answers to questions raised on the faculty and staff survey through our program.

Faculty & Staff Survey- Answer sheet


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Office of AccessABILITY located in Room 1214 of the East Building or email accessability@hunter.cuny.edu or call (212) 772-4857 /or VP (646) 755-3129.

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