Disability Services


Accommodations Responsibilities
It is always necessary for a student to provide official verification of disability as well as an official request for reasonable accommodations to his or her professor. A disability file is initiated when the student self-identifies to the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) and requests accommodations. It is the responsibility of the faculty to announce to their classes verbally and by notice on the course syllabus that Baruch's intention is to provide assistance for any students with disabilities. The student and instructor will coordinate as needed with OSSD. It is the responsibility of faculty to implement pre-determined, in-class adjustments as agreed upon with the student.
The student self-advocates with the instructors. They will discuss the accommodations and determine the best procedure for each course. The memo that is given to the professor doesn't state the student's disability. This information is confidential; therefore the student may wish to access their right to accommodations while minimizing the risk of stigma sometimes associated with disabilities. Contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) when uncertain about implementation of accommodations. Feel free to refer students to OSSD when you believe he or she discloses a disability.
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are Federal laws which mandate that both the university and individual faculty members must provide appropriate exam accommodations to students with disabilities. The purpose of alternate testing is to permit students to be evaluated on the basis of their knowledge of course content without undue interference from their disability. Examples of common test accommodations include extended time, a semi-private room, a taped or brailed exam, use of adaptive equipment such as a computer or text enlarger, and or alternative test date. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) provides recommendations regarding test accommodations; faculty may review the recommendations and offer alternatives. A faculty member may choose to offer more or different accommodations than those recommended by OSSD. It is not the faculty's responsibility to register a student for testing with OSSD. It is the student's responsibility to discuss any scheduling problems with the faculty member. Faculty members are encouraged to indicate if there are any special instructions, modifications or exceptions to a particular test and either drop off exams to (NVC 2-271) or email them to: evelyn.morales@baruch.cuny.edu and harriet.baer@baruch.cuny.edu.