In order to qualify for disability accommodations at Mount Saint
Mary College, students must meet the definition of an individual
with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA). Under ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who
has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one
or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record
of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as
having such impairment.
To establish disability status and request accommodations,
students must provide the Office of Services for Students with
Disabilities (SSD) with current and comprehensive disability
documentation utilizing the procedures and forms described under
the section titled “Requesting Accommodations.” These forms can be
found on the
SSD web page or at the SSD office.
Upon receipt of all necessary forms, documentation, and testing
data, SSD will review the information and determine the student’s
eligibility for accommodations. Accommodations depend upon the
nature and degree of severity of the documented disability. In some
instances SSD may need to contact the doctor or the other
professionals who have provided the documentation in order to
clarify the nature of the disability and to help determine the
student’s eligibility for accommodations. SSD may also request to
have further contact with the student and his/her family in
determining the student’s eligibility for accommodations.
Every effort will be made to provide accommodations in a timely
manner, but circumstances, such as incomplete documentation and/or
last-minute requests for accommodations, may delay this process.
While the law requires that priority consideration be given to the
specific methods (accommodations) requested by a student, it does
not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is
deemed not reasonable or other suitable techniques are
Once a determination has been made about eligibility for
accommodations, SSD will send a confirmation email to inform the
student of what accommodations they have been approved for at Mount
Saint Mary College.
Should there be any disagreement about documentation, the review
process, accommodations, or any other matters related to disability
issues, students may request an appeal hearing for a disability
concern (see Student Handbook).
Further information about SSD and disability accommodations can
be obtained by contacting SSD staff by phone (845-569-3638), email
or online (www.msmc.edu/ssd).
Applying for Disability Accommodations: A three-step
2. Submit Disability Verification Forms:
These forms are to be completed by a treating professional
(e.g., psychologist, physician, etc.) who is qualified to make
recommendations for the student regarding his/her disability and
needs on the college campus. Please note that some students may
need to have more than one form completed depending on their
disability(s) and the type of accommodations they are
3. Send all completed forms to the Office of Services for
Students with Disabilities:
Services for Students with Disabilities
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
If faxed, the original form must also be mailed to the above