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Information and Updates for the Iona Community on Coronavirus

Faculty Member Resources

If you suspect that a student has a disability, seek guidance from the campus Accessibility Services Office. Do not make assumptions about a student's abilities or comment on a student’s “presumed” disabilities if those disabilities are not visible.

Disability Categories

Typical Accommodations

Disability Resources and Laws

Some disabilities require more flexibility on the part of the faculty. These include:

  • Medical Conditions
  • Psychological Conditions
  • Some medical conditions are characterized by chronic weakness and fatigue. A student may exhibit drowsiness, fatigue, impairments of memory, or slowness due to medication side effects. Such curtailments of functioning and interferences with students’ ability to perform, based on disability, should be distinguished from the apathetic behavior it may resemble.
  • Students using wheelchairs or other assistive devices may encounter obstacles or barriers in getting to class on time. Many rely on alternate modes of public transportation. Some flexibility in applying attendance and promptness rules to students with mobility and chronic medical disabilities would be warranted and helpful.

More on Your Role in the Accommodation Process

  1. Providing syllabus with dates clearly noted for exams and assignments.
  2. Use dates (not weeks) on syllabus.
  3. Return grades in a timely manner.
  4. Provide written instructions for classwork and assignments.
  5. Provide adequate time for students to complete an assignment.
  6. When speaking, face the classroom and use repetition.
  7. Allow students to take pictures of notes on the board.
  8. State the day’s objectives at the beginning of the class.
  9. Paraphrase key points from the reading and lectures.
  10. Vary your teaching methods (lecture, discussion, small groups.)
  11. Provide step-by-step directions for class projects, bullet those directions, and provide adequate notice of due dates.
  12. Print out and/or digitize copies of notes and make them available to students.
  13. Provide pre-reading questions for each reading assignment or group of related assignments.
  14. Allow students to use laptop computers for essay exams if they prefer to do so.
  15. Offer to read drafts and give students written and oral feedback.


  1. Visit the Clockwork Online Portal for Faculty.
  2. This will prompt you to log in with your Iona username and password. On this page you will also be able to access help by phone, navigate to directions on how to change your password, and review the computer use policy.
  3. Once logged in you will be brought to a screen with three tabs: Courses, Accommodation Letters, and Help. The Courses tab will display all of the courses you are teaching. The Accommodation Letters tab will display a list of accommodation letters organized by class.
  4. The Accommodation Letters tabs displays a table with five columns: Course, Student, Date letter available, Your confirmation and Letter. Each row in the Letter column will have a "View Letter" link. By clicking on this link you will be able to see the letter for the specific student in that row. There is also a "Show Term" search bar at the top of the page that allows you to choose a semester, for example "Fall Session 2018."
  5. On the "View Letter" page you must complete the following three steps:
    1. Download the PDF letter (the button's text will display "Review PDF Letter").
    2. Select an acknowledgement checkbox that you have received and reviewed the accommodation letter in question.
    3. Click the submit button.
    When these steps are completed, Clockwork will display the following text: "No action is required - you confirmed receipt of this Accommodations Letter on:" followed by the date and time.

Students Accommodation Letters are available to view for the semester within this portal.

For questions regarding the Clockwork Portal, please contact Daneshea Palmer, director of the College Assistance Program, at or (914) 633-2582.


Accessibility Services Office

Amend Hall, Lower Level, GR-05
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (914) 633-2366
Fax: (914) 633-2616

Director: Daneshea Palmer
Coordinator: Emily Brechtel