Svcs. for Students with Disabilities

Requesting Accommodations

Disability Accommodations

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 reasonable 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 (below) 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 reasonable accommodations. Reasonable 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 available.

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 (845-569-3115), email (disabilityservices@msmc.edu), or online (www.msmc.edu).

Applying for Disability Accommodations: A three-step process

1. All students applying for accommodations must complete the Information and Accommodations Request Form.

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 requesting.

3. Send all completed forms to the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities:

Mount Saint Mary College
Services for Students with Disabilities
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12250

Phone: 845-569-3115
Fax: 845-569-3135

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