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Disability Services

Office of Disability Services

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Elmira College is committed to providing reasonable accommodation and services to students with qualifying documented disabilities.

Examples of qualifying disabilities include, learning disabilities, psychological or neurological conditions, visual, hearing or mobility impairments, and chronic health or medical conditions, which substantially limit one or more of a person's major life activities and may necessitate modifications to the services, programs, or facilities of the college in order to ensure equal access.

It is important to note, that while the college student is protected by Section 504, as well as the ADA, students choosing to go to college are not entitled to the same level of academic support they received in high school. Students entering college move from an environment that is structured to ensure student success to a college-level environment that is designed to allow equal access. The college ensures access, but success is up to the student who must seek out appropriate supports.

In order to access accommodations, students will need to complete and submit the Intake and Consent Form (this only needs to be completed once) and provide the college with documentation (Documentation Guidelines) verifying the disability. The Office of Retention and Advocacy engages in a collaborative process with each student to review requests for accommodations on case-by-case basis. The office also makes assistance available to individuals experiencing short-term illness or physical injury. Elmira College has the right to: deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.

The Office of Retention and Advocacy provides support and assistance to self-identified students with respect to monitoring and assistance with appropriate accommodations for academic programs. While the College provides necessary accommodations to disabled students, it is important to realize that the individual student is required to self-advocate for their disability. To learn more, please contact the Office of Retention and Advocacy, (607) 735-1830, retention@elmira.edu