An individual is considered to have a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activity, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
Read More: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008
Disability Services provides accommodations to qualifying students with documented disabilities. The disabilities we most frequently support, but are not limited to:
* Disability Services can also assist with temporary injuries when appropriate.
An accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity or facility that enables a student with a qualifying disability to participate equitably. Disability Services provides a variety of services to students with disabilities. The accommodations most frequently provided include, but are not limited to:
Assistive Devices and Services
Course Materials in Alternative Format
Accommodations and services are determined on an individual basis. First, a student should fill out Disability Request Form. Afterwards, a student should schedule an Accommodations Meeting with the Associate Director of Student Success.
Once a student is registered in our office, we will send out a Letter of Accommodation to both the student and their professors. Once the Disability Notification email has been sent, accommodations are in effect. However, accommodations are never retroactive, and only begin once the student has registered in our office. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss their specific accommodations with their professors. If a student is requesting testing accommodations, she is required to fill out the Testing Accommodation Form and return it to our office, two weeks in advance of an exam.
Any student who would like to live in Andersen Hall and requires specific disability accommodations should request via our Medical Accommodation Form. Students must complete both the Medical Accommodation form and the Physician Verification Form. Current MSM students must submit the required documentation to the Office of Residence Life no later than March 31st. You can submit your completed forms by email or snail mail. The Office of Residence Life will make every effort to meet the needs of incoming students. Email April Jenkins, Director of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Director of Residence Life / 136 Claremont Ave. / New York, NY 10027
Animals on Campus
Animals are generally not permitted in School buildings with some exceptions, such as service animals, service animals in training, and assistance animals determined to be a reasonable accommodation by Disability Services, among others.
Service animals: dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The task(s) performed must be directly related to the specific person’s disability. (ADA)
Emotional support animals: animals of various species whose mere presence significantly reduces or alleviates one or more symptoms of a person’s medical condition. These animals are passive and are not trained to engage in recognition and response as it relates to a person’s condition.
MSM Emotional Support Animal Policy
Students with service animals who live in campus housing: For your own protection and that of your service dog, you are welcome (but not required) to inform both Residence Life [email@example.com] and Disability Services [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Individuals must request to have an emotional support animal in Andersen Hall as a reasonable accommodation through Disability Services. Individuals may start this process by filling out the Disability Services Request & Identification Form.
After signing a Disability Services Release Form, students can submit documentation to the Associate Director of Student Success email@example.com.
All information and documentation submitted to Disability Services is kept separate from an academic record and is considered private under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). HIPPA privacy and confidentiality guides do not apply to documents submitted to Disability Services for they are not being used for treatment. Under FERPA guidelines Disability Services cannot guarantee complete confidentiality as there may be times when sharing some information with other MSM staff/faculty is necessary in order to facilitate the accommodation process.
If you are not satisfied with your accommodations or the administration of your accommodations, you can contact the Dean of Students, Monica Christensen.
Associate Director for Student Success
130 Claremont Avenue
New York, New York 10027