III. Requesting a Disability Accommodation or Academic Adjustment

A. Student Accommodations and Academic Adjustments

Students seeking accommodations or academic adjustments should contact the Office of Student Disability Services at the CUNY College or unit they attend. Contact information is available on the college website. Students may be asked to complete an intake form and provide supporting documentation. The Director of Student Disability Services, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process, which may include a consideration of a number of factors, such as the student’s limitations and the academic or other program requirements, with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation or academic adjustment. Reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments may include, but are not limited to, providing the student with assistive technology or other auxiliary aides, extra time for tests or papers, access to an elevator where available, a note taker during lectures, or permission to bring a personal aide to assist the student during class. The Director of Student Disability Services, or a designee, may, when necessary and in a confidential manner, consult with appropriate college officials, such as the instructor or Provost, to determine program requirements and appropriate accommodations. A grant or denial of the request must be made as soon as practicable, taking into account the urgency of the request, and sent to the student in writing, either stating the accommodation or academic adjustment to be provided, or for denials, the reason(s) the request was denied.

B. Employee Accommodations

1. Applicants for Employment

Applicants are given an opportunity to self-identify as disabled.

Applicants for employment seeking accommodations to participate in the application/interview process should contact the Director of Human Resources at the College or unit to which they are applying. Applicants may be asked to complete an intake form and provide supporting documentation concerning their disability. The Director of Human Resources, or a designee, and the applicant will engage in an interactive process, which may include a consideration of a number of factors, such as the applicant’s limitations and the application process and requirements, with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation. Possible accommodations include, but are not limited to, providing adaptive furniture, equipment, or lighting, scheduling and room changes, a sign language interpreter, enlarged print or screen reader computer accessibility services, or other assistive technology or equipment. A grant or denial of the applicant’s request must be made as soon as practicable, taking into account the urgency of the request, and sent to the applicant in writing, either stating the accommodation to be provided, or for denials, the reason(s) the request was denied. The Director of Human Resources, or a designee, is responsible for implementing all approved accommodations during the application and interview process. Classified civil service candidates who are required to take an exam or attend a hiring pool and are seeking an accommodation should follow the written instructions provided on the exam application, hiring pool instructions, or contact the HR Advisory Services unit in the Office of Human Resources Management in the Central Office.

2. Current Employees

Employees are given an opportunity to self-identify as disabled upon their initial hire and throughout their employment.

Current employees seeking accommodations should contact the Office of Human Resources at the College or unit where they are employed. Employees may be asked to complete an intake form and provide supporting documentation. The Director of Human Resources, or a designee, and the employee will engage in an interactive process, which may involve a consideration of a number of factors, such as the employee’s limitations and the job requirements, essential duties, and office size and structure, with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, modifying work schedules, granting breaks or providing leave, relocating the employee, reconfiguring work spaces or equipment, providing assistive technology or equipment, or reassigning the employee to a vacant position for which the employee is qualified. The Director of Human Resources is responsible for accommodation determinations. A grant or denial of the employee’s request must be made as soon as practicable, taking into account the urgency of the request, and sent to the employee in writing, either stating the accommodation to be provided, or for denials, the reason(s) the request was denied.

C. Visitor Accommodations

Visitors seeking accommodations should contact in a timely manner the 504/ADA Coordinator at the College or unit they are visiting. The 504/ADA Coordinator may refer the request to the relevant campus office(s) for processing. Notices about campus events should include contact information for the 504/ADA Coordinator of the College or unit where the event is being held.