A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to similarly situated students without disabilities. This means that an accommodation or adjustment may be made on a case by case basis to enable an otherwise qualified person with a disability to have full access to the classes and programs at Baruch College. To determine reasonable accommodations, the Director of Disability Services usually conducts an intake interview with the student and seeks information from appropriate university faculty and personnel. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) objective is to enhance compliance with the requirements of federal, state, and local laws and policies regarding the use of adaptive technology to achieve equal access for students with disabilities.
It is important to note than an accommodation may be appropriate for one particular course but not for another. Accommodations cannot be made on a retroactive basis; requests for accommodations must be supported by appropriate documentation and must be submitted in a timely manner. Students may request a review of recommendations and/or provide updated documentation as necessary. There are no fees for accommodations provided for students with disabilities. Personal services such as personal aids and specialized transportation are not considered accommodations and are not provided by Baruch College. Please discuss these needs with the disability director if such arrangements are necessary.