Checklist for New Students

Disability Resources Checklist for New Students

  1. Fill out a New Student Accessibility Request. This request form asks you to upload documentation if you have it. Supporting documentation allows us to better understand you and how an academic setting might create accessibility barriers. Please see these general guidelines for documentation and call if you have any questions. If you are a transfer student, you may give this transfer release of information form (Microsoft Word) to your prior institution's disability office to have your documentation sent to us.
  2. After we receive your request, we will reach out to you to schedule an appointment. It is ideal to have this meeting before the semester starts if time allows. While a face-to-face meeting is best, appointments for a video chat may be made if it's not possible to come to campus.
  3. After we meet, our office will assign you an access plan with all appropriate accommodations. Once you have decided which faculty you wish to release your access plan to, let our office know and we will notify your faculty through email.
  4. We still encourage you to reach out to your instructors individually to ensure you are on the same page with your access plan, especially when it comes to the location of your test accommodations. Do you and your instructor prefer you receive your test accommodations with the instructor? Or will you be receiving your test accommodations in the Access Technology Lab (ATL) in Memorial Library, B-204?
  5. If you are taking any exams in the ATL, please schedule them at least five business days in advance to guarantee a spot. You may read more on test accommodations for students.
  6. The The Learning Center is a popular program that provides tutoring to students of all levels online and face-to-face with both professional and peer tutors. Contact them as soon as possible in the semester to set up an appointment for tutoring in classes for which you may require assistance. We are happy to provide referrals to The Learning Center on request.
  7. Remind your professors about your accommodation needs for upcoming tests.
  8. Come and see us if you are struggling with your classes or are having difficulty getting the accommodations that you need.
  9. ENJOY YOUR FIRST SEMESTER AT CORTLAND! Check in from time to time to tell us how you are doing and to share your successes!!!!
  10. In future semesters, you will notify your faculty of your access plan by placing a Semester Request in AccessCortland.

Contact Us

Sue Sprague, Director
Van Hoesen Hall, Room C-17
Fax 607-753-5495
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman, Assistant Director
Tori Morsette, Graduate Assistant
Caitlin Schuler, Graduate Assistant
Memorial Library, Room B-204