Disability Services

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Is there a separate application process for students with disabilities applying to Baruch?

No.

Q. What Diplomas are accepted at Baruch?

Baruch accepts Regents, RCT and GED diplomas.

Q. Are students registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) separated from the overall student population?

No.

Q. What kind of documentation do I need?

The Office of Services for Student with Disabilities (OSSD) has disability specific documentation guidelines that are provided to assist licensed professionals in providing documentation to students. Please download the CUNY Documentation Guidelines PDF.

Q. Is there a Learning Disability Program?

No. We do not have a separate program for students with learning disabilities. We do, however, provide reasonable accommodations for students with learning disabilities. To receive accommodations it is necessary to schedule an appointment with the Director of the Office of Services for Student with Disabilities (OSSD) and provide documentation of disability.

Q. Does Baruch provide paraprofessional services to students with disabilities?

No.

Q. What is the difference between IDEA and ADA?

Download the information sheet (PDF).

Q. What happens if I have a temporary disability?

The office will provide accommodations. Although a temporary disability does not mean you are a person with a disability, our office is here to assist with any obstacles you are facing.

Q. Will the high school automatically send the students documentation of disability to the college?

No, the student must request documentation from his/her previous school and submit it to our office on the initial intake visit.

Q. Do I receive the same accommodations that I received in High School?

Not necessarily. College institutions have different legal obligations than high schools; for example, colleges are not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of a class or that will pose an undue administrative or financial burden on the institution. In addition, accommodations provided may not be the same at different postsecondary institutions.

Q. Will I get the same accommodations I received at another college?

Not necessarily. Each college has its own criteria of standards, which relates to what is essential to its programs. This may affect what are considered reasonable accommodations for you. Also, we may ask you for additional documentation if we feel your documentation does not give us the information we need to determine reasonable accommodations.

Q. How do I receive accommodations at Baruch College?

All accommodation requests must begin with an appointment with the Office of Services for Student with Disabilities (OSSD). During the first initial visit students are asked to provide documentation of disability. To protect the student's confidentiality we do not accept documentation prior to the intake visit.

Q. Can I take exams in your Office?

It depends on the nature of your specific disability and accommodations. We always encourage faculty to administer exams with accommodations. However, there are instances in which your professor will be unable to do this. For example, if you require the use of assistive technology you will need to take the exam at the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD). If, however, your accommodation is time and a half for exams, it is likely your professor will work this out with you.

Q. Do you have a tutoring program for students with disabilities?

No, we do not. Tutoring is not considered a reasonable accommodation. We are, however, mandated to provide equal access to all our programs. For example, if our tutoring center provides only group tutoring and your disability prevents you from fully participating and benefiting from tutoring in a group, we must accommodate you with individual tutoring. If your disability prevents you from accessing print materials such as graphs and charts, we are mandated to provide you with a person to describe and help interpret the material. Think of this person as a "translator" rather than a tutor.

Q. Do you provide training in the use of assistive technology?

Yes, we do.