Gratz College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. In compliance with state and federal regulations, reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified students with documented disabilities.
A request for accommodations is deemed reasonable if it meets all the following criteria:
- is based on the required documentation as specified below
- does not compromise essential requirements of a course or program
- does not impose a financial or administrative burden upon Gratz College or individual professors beyond that which is deemed reasonable and customary
The essential requirements of an academic course or program need not be modified to accommodate an individual with a disability. Students whose accommodation requests are denied will not be discriminated against if they appeal the decision, and an appeal will in no way impact their overall experience at Gratz College.
Disability Accommodation Process
It is the student’s responsibility to inform the College of the disability and submit any required documentation in order to receive accommodations, and therefore, the student should submit the request upon admission to Gratz College. This information will be kept in a locked file and kept strictly confidential pursuant to the Confidentiality of Information statement below.
No accommodations may be made prior to the notification of the disability and submission of documentation.
Students must identify themselves to the ADA Director and provide the required documentation specified below at least 30 days in advance of the start of the requested accommodations.
Steps to Requesting Disability Accommodations
- The student submits the following to the ADA Director:
- A written statement outlining his or her disability, and
- The required documentation specified below in the “Documentation Requirements” section.
- The dean will review the documentation to determine whether the requested accommodations or any other accommodations might be reasonable.
- Once accommodations are approved, the dean will prepare a letter for the student to share with his or her professors and academic advisor.
Students whose disability accommodation requests are denied or adjusted may submit an appeal in writing to the ADA Director. This appeal must be made within 15 days of the decision.
The student must provide all necessary documentation to request disability accommodations and will be made at the student’s expense. Documentation must follow the guidelines as follows:
- Age of documentation:
- For students with a learning disability, the evaluation should be no older than three years if the student is under 21 years old. Older documentation may be considered for students who are over 21 as long as the testing was done when the student was at least 18 years old.
- For students with a mental disability, the evaluation should be no older than six months.
- For students with a physical disability, if the disability is a permanent condition, documentation of any age is considered. If the disability is based on a temporary condition, the evaluation should be no older than one year.
- Necessary information on documentation:
- Should include the professional credentials of the evaluator, including the training and experience the evaluator has had with the diagnosis and treatment. The evaluator should be a licensed professional in the appropriate field and qualified to diagnose adults.
- Should include a specific medical diagnosis of the physical, mental, or learning disability.
- Should include the names of all diagnostic tests used, evaluation dates, test scores, and interpretation of test results.
- Should describe the specific ways in which the disability will impact the student’s academic experience.
- Should include recommended accommodations that relate to the diagnosis.
Confidentiality of Information
Gratz College will not release any information regarding a student’s individual diagnosis or documentation without his or her informed written consent or as required by law. A student is under no obligation to disclose the nature of his or her disability to a professor.
ADA Accessibility and Compliance Committee
Naomi Housman, Director, Institutional Advancement, ADA Coordinator
Philip Moore, Director of Online Learning, Assistant Professor of Education, Director of M.Ed program, 504 Coordinator
Honour Moore, Dean of Gratz College, Title IX Coordinator
Scott Minkoff, Registrar
Suzette Martinez-Quiles, Manager of Information Technology, Director of Campus Security
Thomas Cipriano Jr., Manager of Business Operations and Facilities