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Policy - Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The College provides students with disabilities with a humane academic environment that simultaneously respects their rights and concerns and protects academic integrity and quality.

The College evaluates applications for admission without regard to learning or other disabilities. Students are not required to disclose information about learning or any other disabilities on their applications. Students with special needs may (but are not required to) discuss those needs with an admissions counselor. The College does not exclude otherwise qualified students with a disability from any course of study. Once admitted to the College, students with special needs who want to request a reasonable accommodation must contact one of the administrators described below and provide the College with documentation of a disability to arrange for appropriate services. Documentation should be current (less than two years old), clear and specific, and based on a comprehensive series of tests or other recognized indicia of disability.

Iona College has two programs that provide services to students with disabilities: the Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center (ARC) and the College Assistance Program (CAP). Both encourage an interactive, problem-solving approach in identifying and providing reasonable accommodations for those students with a demonstrated need.

The Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center (ARC), in conformity with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The center, located on the ground floor of Amend Hall, arranges for such broadly accepted accommodations as extended test taking time, alternative format texts and class materials, readers and scribes. Students requiring alternative formats for required texts are advised to make their initial request to Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic ( Texts not available through that service will be provided by the Samuel Rudin ARC. All services provided by the Samuel Rudin ARC are free of charge.

The College Assistance Program (CAP) is a fee-based program for students with documented learning disabilities. Please see the current tuition and fee schedule available in the CAP office in Amend 204 and in the Office of Student Financial Services (Second Floor, McSpedon Hall). Students are considered for the program after admission to the College. CAP provides services above and beyond the legal requirements. CAP has a full-time director who provides supplementary academic advisement, a part-time counselor, a staff of professionals who tutor each student for at least two-hours per week and who lead study groups and conduct study skills workshops, and computer systems. The program emphasizes broadly applicable strategies that cross academic disciplines.

To request an accommodation, the student must:

  1. submit documentation supporting the request to either the Director of Academic Support or the Director of the College Assistance Program;
  2.  if the request is approved, the student must inform the faculty member of the request at least two weeks before the request will be needed;
  3.  if the request is not approved or if the accommodation provided is not effective, the student may enter into the grievance procedure described below.

For additional information and requirements for either program, or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact:

Ms. Daneshea Palmer
Director of the College Assistance Program
Amend Hall, Room 204
(914) 637-2774

Grievance Procedures

Students who have requested an accommodation and who are either refused that accommodation or who find that the accommodation provided is not effective may enter into a grievance procedure.

A. The student must:

  1. formally request a specific accommodation using the Request for Accommodation form;
  2. within thirty (30) days of being informed that the accommodation has been denied or upon realizing that the accommodation is not effective file a formal grievance to the Director of Academic Support.

B. Within ten working days of receiving a formal grievance, the Director of Academic Support:

  1. will convene a committee of at least three professionals with backgrounds in disabilities;
  2. schedule a time for the student to provide the committee with evidence to support his or her grievance;
  3. provide the student with a written decision within five working days after the committee reaches a decision.

If the committee does not rule on the students behalf, the student may appeal to the Dean of the school offering the course in question, who will review all relevant materials and render a written judgment within two weeks of the appeal. If the student finds that judgment unsatisfactory, the student may appeal to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will review all materials and render a written judgment within ten working days of the appeal. The decision of the Provost is final.

Harassment/Discrimination based on a Disability

a. Prohibition of Retaliation: No person shall be subject to discharge, suspension, discipline, harassment, or any form of discrimination for having utilized or assisted in the utilization of the process for requesting an accommodation.
b. Procedures Relating to Harassment/Discrimination Based on a Disability: If the individual feels as though they are being harassed or discriminated against by a member of the College community, the individual may file a complaint with the Ombudsperson under the Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures. This complaint must be in writing, specific as to the allegations, as well as provide a statement for such relief.