The Baruch College Faculty Handbook
Services for Students with Disabilities
Last updated on 9/28/15
This page describes the accomodations we provide students with disabilities and concludes with the text of an announcement that we ask you to read to your classes during the first week of the semester. Please feel free to copy and paste any of this text, including the announcement (with blanks filled in), to your syllabi.
From: David Christy, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs
To: Members of the Baruch College Faculty
Re: Services for Students with Disabilities
Date: September 5, 2015
It is very important that students be reminded in each of their classes of the College's commitment to ensuring full access to its programs for all students.
Please convey this message early in the semester. This memo includes General Information for Faculty Members and a sample script that you may read aloud. Additionally, we are providing a brief statement that you might wish to put on your syllabus or on your BlackBoard site.
General Information for Faculty Members
Baruch College will assess students who have identified themselves as disabled to determine the need for reasonable academic accommodations without compromising the content of courses or academic standards. The student must provide documentation of disability to the Director of Disability Services who will determine whether or not the student has qualified disability and if so, which accommodations are appropriate and reasonable. If the student informs you that he/she has a disability and has not been to Disability Services, please refer the student to Disability Services. Reasonable academic accommodations may range from extended or divided test-taking time to the use of a computer or other auxiliary aid during an examination. If the professor or the department has to assist in providing the reasonable accommodations, the Office of Disability Services will provide guidance.
Please note that students who are pregnant also must receive reasonable accommodations: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/documents/Pregnant_Parenting_Students.pdf
Faculty who have questions about our reasonable accommodation process for students access should consult with Ms. Barbara Sirois, Director of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Newman Vertical Campus 2-271, (646) 312-4590.
Any student who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on a disability may file a complaint with AffirmativeAction@baruch.cuny.edu.
Script for Announcement in Class:
We have a process at Bauch to determine whether a student who identifies as disabled is eligible for a reasonable accommodations in order to complete the student’s academic program. We strive to ensure that no student with a disability is discriminated against and that none is denied participation in College programs and activities for lack of reasonable accommodations. Some people think that a disability has to be visible to be accommodated. This is not the case. There are many disabilities – diabetes, psychological illness, learning disabilities, AIDS, seizure disorders, arthritis, etc., which require accommodations. Examples of possible accommodations include additional testing time; adaptive equipment; and taping of classes.
If you feel that you may need a reasonable accommodation based on a disability, please contact the staff at the Office of Disability Services, Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-271, or by phone at (646) 312-4590.
Possible text for Syllabus or BlackBoard Site:
Students with disabilities may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation to enable them to participate fully in courses at Baruch. If you feel you may be in need of an accommodation, please contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at (646) 312-4590.
For additional information: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/DisabilitiesInformation.htm