Students with disabilities are welcome at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
The Disability Services Office is located in the Cayan Library, Room L145
Any current or prospective student may contact our office to discuss potential academic accommodations. Typical accommodations include extended time for testing, testing in a quiet location, textbooks in alternate format, and others as determined by the nature of the disability. These accommodations must be supported by documentation from outside sources, such as a recent psychological evaluation or medical report that clearly identifies the nature of your disability and the impact of your disability or treatment upon learning. (SUNY Poly is not responsible for providing evaluation or funding to complete the needed documentation.)
The Disability Services Office will assist with requesting the required documentation or exploring resources that may provide testing or documentation. Once documentation is received, the Disability Counselor meets with the student to discuss the information based on his or her experiences and perspective. A student's explanation of how his or her disability affects learning and what accommodations are needed is extremely important. Once a determination is made regarding the reasonable and appropriate accommodations, a plan is written which students sign and share with instructors. This plan does not disclose the nature of the disability, although many students have found that discussing their circumstances with faculty can be helpful.
Accommodations are implemented to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 (subsection E) of the Rehabilitation Act. The intent of which is to provide access for otherwise qualified persons. SUNY Poly is not required to lower or substantially modify essential academic requirements, or make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program, or activity or that would result in an undue financial or administrative burden. Additionally, accommodation plans must be updated each semester.
The Disability Services Office is happy to advocate or coordinate with outside service providers, by student request and with written consent to communicate. Parents should be aware that legal rights and responsibilities change from high school to the college, both in terms of the type of support provided and in terms of parental involvement in the process. Students are solely responsible for self-identifying and following up with our office for any needs that they may have. Any student who wishes to have our office communicate with a parent must sign a written consent for permission to communicate.
The Disability Services Office is a resource for NYS voter registration forms and encourages all students to take advantage of their right to be a voice in our political process. The Disability Services Office at SUNY Poly is a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) voter registration site.