Disability Support Services

Procedures for Accessing Accommodations

A. Requests for Accommodations

A request and determination of an accommodation is handled through the designated campus contact. Students with disabilities should contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services office, 312-3358. Employees should contact the Director of Human Resources, 312-2215.  All other requests should be directed to the office sponsoring the specific program or activity.

Individuals with disabilities may choose to self-disclose, to the appropriate campus contact, information about their disability at any time. However, in order to ensure sufficient time to coordinate auxiliary aids and services, it is the responsibility of the individual to make the request in a timely manner. If a request is made after a designated deadline, every effort will be made to accommodate the request. However, because many accommodations require early planning, it cannot be guaranteed that all requests for accommodations will be met. Untimely requests may result in delay, substitution, or denial of an accommodation.

  1. The responsibility for requesting or initiating a request for accommodations lies with the individual with a disability. Students with off-campus program requirements such as an internship or student teaching placement are encouraged to request accommodations at least one semester prior to the semester he or she will be participating in the off-campus program.
  2. Verification of a disability is required. It is the responsibility of the individual with a disability to provide documentation that supports his or her request for reasonable accommodation. Disability documentation must clearly indicate:

    a. the existence of a disability (as defined by state and federal regulations);

    b. that the disability substantially limits a major life activity, including a statement of the nature and extent of the limitations; and,

    c. a statement of what accommodation(s) is /are recommended. Specific guidelines for documentation of a disabling condition may be obtained from the Disability Support Services office. 
  3. Once a qualified individual with a disability has requested an accommodation, the designated campus contact will take steps to determine an appropriate accommodation. The appropriateness of an accommodation is often determined through a flexible, interactive process that involves the individual with a disability and the designated campus contact. Early consultation is essential whenever questions of compliance and / or funding for an accommodation are involved.
  4. Final responsibility for selection of the most appropriate accommodation rests with the institution (see section C, D, for appeal / grievance procedures).

B. Reasonable Accommodations

  1. Factors to determine whether a requested accommodation is considered reasonable include:

    a. the individual is "otherwise qualified"

    b. the request does not fundamentally alter the essential elements of a program

    c. the request does not create an undue financial or administrative burden

    d. the request does not create a danger to others

    e. the request is not of a "personal" nature
  2. Students with disabilities will be expected to meet the academic and technical standards of a course or program with or without reasonable accommodations. The types of accommodations provided to individuals with disabilities may vary according to the nature of the disability and the physical environment or course content.
  3. An employee with a disability must be able to perform the essential functions of his or her job with or without reasonable accommodations.

C. Appeal of Accommodation Determination

Employees, students and visitors have an opportunity to appeal a decision regarding an accommodation. Appeals may be handled informally in a case review involving the person seeking accommodation(s), the designated campus contact and the appropriate faculty, administrator or supervisor. If a mutually acceptable accommodation cannot be determined with the designated campus contact and relevant SUNY at Oswego personnel, an internal compliant may be filled with the Affirmative Action Officer (see section E).

D. Grievance Procedure

Oswego State has adopted an internal grievance procedure for the provision of prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination. Individuals with a disability at Oswego Sate, who consider themselves victims of discrimination based on a disability, may file a grievance with the Affirmative Action Officer. Procedures for students wishing to file a discrimination grievance are identified in the Oswego State Student Handbook, section on Oswego State Policies, specifically under Discrimination and Filing Complaints. Additionally, procedures for employees and / or students wishing to file a complaint may also be obtained from the Affirmative Action Officer. The Affirmative Action Officer shall receive any complaint of alleged discrimination, shall assist the complainant in defining the charge, and shall provide the complaint with information regarding the options for filing internal complaints or external complaints through the Federal Office of Civil Rights and / or the New York State Division of Human Rights.

E. Disability Accommodations Resources

Questions or concerns regarding policy, services, or allegations of non-compliance should be directed to the designated campus contact:

Dr. Starr Wheeler
Coordinator of Disability Support Services
155 Marano Center
312-3358
starr.wheeler@oswego.edu

Amy Plotner
Human Resources Director
201 Culkin Hall
312-2215
amy.plotner@oswego.edu

Individuals who believe they have experienced discrimination on the basis of disability and have been unable to arrive at a mutually acceptable resolution with the designated campus contact and appropriate personnel may file a grievance with the Affirmative Action Officer. Individuals should contact:

Howard Gordon
Affirmative Action Officer
707 Culkin Hall
312-2213
howard.gordon@oswego.edu