Services and Accommodations

Academic Accommodations

Each student's accommodations are determined by interview with the student (and family as appropriate) and an evaluation of documentation submitted to Student Accessibility Services.

Accommodation plans are developed and shared with faculty only at student request and review.  

The accommodation plan must be updated and reviewed each semester in order to be sent out to faculty of record.  The student is responsible for meeting with SAS and discussing the implementation of the plan with semester specific faculty.

Accommodation plans are not retroactive.  Students are encouraged to meet with SAS specialists as early as possible each semester to assure support for access.  If you have questions about your specific documentation and/or needs,  please contact the SAS office at (607) 274-1005 or via email at sas@ithaca.edu.  

Commonly Applied Accommodations

(Not an inclusive list)

Extensions on Assignments

This accommodation is a carefully considered academic adjustment to support students with a diagnosed disability which may impact their ability to complete assignments if their symptoms become problematic or if they are hospitalized.  The student may need brief extensions or alternate due dates of assignments when his/her medical condition exacerbates.   Students must meet the fundamental course objectives with or without accommodation. Students are encouraged to request extensions as soon as they are able when the medical need presents itself.  

Flexible Attendance

Flexible attendance is a carefully considered academic adjustment based on the student's diagnosed disability/medical condition, one that considers the course requirements and format, as well as the student’s needs.  Faculty determine course attendance policies. Because attendance may be integral to the pedagogic process, these policies are set by faculty at the college, departmental, or individual level.

Students must meet the fundamental course objectives with or without accommodation.  In some cases, attendance is fundamental to course objectives; for example, students may be required to interact with others in the class, demonstrate the ability to think and argue critically, participate in performance based activities, contribute to group projects, etc. In other instances, faculty may determine that students can master course content through alternative means despite some or many absences.  Students should participate in discussions regarding this accommodation.

Note-taking Support 

Students arrange for note-taking support with their individual professors.  The professor may provide the student with copies of lecture notes, overheads, Powerpoint presentations, or pre-lecture outlines.  If those options are not available or sufficient for the student, the professor may arrange for a student note-taker to provide a copy of their notes to the students.  This is a confidential process facilitated through SAS.

Individual student accommodations will vary and are based on individual interview and professional evaluation.