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 Disability Services office with current and comprehensive disability documentation utilizing the procedures and forms described on this page.
Upon receipt of all necessary forms, documentation, and testing data, Disability Services 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, Disability Services may need to contact the doctor or 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. Disability Services 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, Disability Services 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 Disability Services and disability accommodations can be obtained by calling 845-569-3638 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying for Disability Accommodations: A three-step process
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. Please click HERE to choose the appropriate forms.
The Medical Housing Form must be completed in detail by a treatment provider who is qualified to diagnose and make recommendations regarding the disability in question and then submitted to the Office of Disability Services. Absent extraordinary circumstances, all required forms and documentation must be received by the specific deadlines established for the semester the student is requesting the accommodations. The deadline for incoming freshmen is June 1st prior to the fall semester they are enrolling at the College. All documentation will be maintained according to FERPA guidelines with a strong emphasis on maintaining student privacy and confidentiality.
The Office of Disability Services will consult with Health Services and Residence Life in making determinations regarding accommodation requests related to physical disabilities and will consult with Counseling Services and Residence Life in making determinations regarding accommodation requests related to psychological disabilities.
- All housing accommodation requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Documentation of a disability does not guarantee that approval will be given for an accommodation request.
- When making housing accommodation determinations, the College considers access for living purposes only and not for other aspects of the college experience, such as studying.
- Accommodation requests can only be made for individual student accommodations, not groups.
The Office of Disability Services will consult with Health Services in making determinations regarding meal plan accommodations. Please note that Disability Services works closely with Dining Services to accommodate students in need of meal plan modifications due to a disability, including severe food allergies or Celiac Disease. Students will be asked to meet with General Manager of Dining Services, Stephen Andrade at email@example.com to collaboratively address their dietary needs.
Students may request an appeal hearing for a disability concern, as outlined in the Student Handbook if they are not in agreement with a decision regarding their accommodation request.
3. Send all completed forms to the Disability Services Office:
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
If faxed, the original form must also be mailed to the above address.