Accessibility/Housing Accommodations

Residence Hall Accommodations

Student Disability Services (SDS) provides reasonable accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to students with documented disabilities in order to afford them an equal opportunity to participate in SUNY Cortland programs, courses and activities.

Students requesting housing accommodations through Student Disability Services must do so in addition to following all regular housing procedures.

Housing accommodations are based on recommendations from SDS, the Counseling Center, Student Health Service, or a combination of these offices, as well as availability at the time of the request. To receive a full consideration we request that you, a new student, provide documentation by July 1 for fall/December 1 for spring.

  • Elevators

    • Alger Hall, Cheney Hall, Clark Hall, DeGroat Hall, Dragon Hall, Fitzgerald Hall, Glass Tower Hall, Higgins Hall, and Smith and Casey Tower.
  • Accessible entrances

    • Cheney Hall, Clark Hall, DeGroat Hall, Dragon Hall, Fitzgerald Hall, Glass Tower Hall, Higgins Hall and Casey and Smith Towers.
  • Accessible bedrooms and bathrooms

    • Cheney Hall, Clark Hall, Higgins Hall, Dragon Hall Glass Tower, Fitzgerald Hall First Floor, and DeGroat Hall.
  • Accessible parking

    • Near DeGroat Hall, Dragon Hall, Glass Tower Hall, and Smith and Casey Tower.
  • Designed singles

    • In corridors and in suites in the following halls:  Alger Hall, Cheney Hall, Clark Hall, DeGroat Hall, Higgins Hall, Casey Tower, and West Campus Apartments.
  • Apartment style

    • West Campus Apartments, building 2 has an accessible entrance and apartments (bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen.)

As an institution, we are dedicated to ensuring reasonable access to our campus programs and facilities, and continuously seek to augment and improve our services. SDS has been designated as the office that coordinates services for students with documented disabilities who voluntarily self-identify to this office. 


To evaluate requests based on medical, psychological, or disability related conditions accurately and equitably, Student Disability Services will need documentation.  Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of the condition to the request.  Documentation should be typed on official letterhead. This information is confidential.

SDS Accommodations

It is our goal to assist students with disabilities to pursue their educational objectives. Concerns of a personal/medical nature are the primary responsibility of the student. The Student Disability Services Office assists in coordinating campus and local community resources when requested. Services are coordinated to enable students to act independently in a supportive environment that promotes self-reliance.

General support services may include but are not limited to:

  • Personal and educational counseling
  • Liaison with local, state and federal support agencies
  • Pre-admission counseling
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Loan of selected equipment
  • Priority clearance of pathways during winter months
  • Emergency evacuation planning
  • Housing accommodations

Referral Services

If a student is experiencing academic difficulty and is concerned the s/he may have a learning disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or a psychological disorder, referral services are available.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:
Ute Gomez
Coordinator for Disability Services
Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
Phone: 607-753-2066
Fax: 607-753-5495
Disability Services Web page