SUNY Cortland is committed to upholding and maintaining all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved in l990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of l973. We are dedicated to ensuring reasonable access to our campus programs and facilities, and continuously seek to augment and improve our services. Disability Resources has been designated as the office that coordinates services for students with documented disabilities who voluntarily identify themselves to the Office.
Education and Outreach
SUNY Cortland is one of thirteen colleges of Arts and Science affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY). The college is shaped and characterized by its commitment to a dual mission: providing and fostering lifelong learning and providing service to the community. The College strives to be accessible, community centered, and adaptable to the needs of its students, employees, and the community. SUNY Cortland is dedicated to accommodating the special needs of individuals with disabilities for the purpose of providing equal access to all programs and services as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
This document establishes the policy and procedures for determining accommodations for prospective students (matriculated and non-matriculated), employees of SUNY Cortland, and visitors to campus events such as lectures, sporting events, or commencement ceremonies. SUNY Cortland has:
It is the policy of SUNY Cortland to provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws. Federal law (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) established the rights of individuals with disabilities. SUNY Cortland and its employees shall comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations regarding reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities.
It is the policy of SUNY Cortland to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis. Although programs are not required to have all the resources individuals with disabilities may need, they are expected to have the flexibility and capacity to provide reasonable accommodations as needs arise.
Individuals with documented disabilities (as defined by state and federal regulations), may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. The responsibility for initiating a request for accommodations lies with the individual with a disability. It is the responsibility of every individual making a request for accommodations to provide adequate documentation that supports his/her request. Submitted documentation must be from an appropriate, qualified professional. In accordance with federal and state regulations disability related information will be treated in a confidential manner by SUNY Cortland.
The University has designated Disability Resources as the Office which coordinates services for students with disabilities. The Director of Disability Resources collects student disability documentation, evaluates requests by students for reasonable accommodations and coordinates appropriate services. Final determination as to the appropriateness of an accommodation to the University setting is evaluated on a case by case basis and rests with the University. The Director of Disability Resources also assists faculty, staff, and students with information and resources relating to disability and serves as a consultant for persons needing information or referrals to outside agencies or professionals.
The University has designated the ADA/504 Coordinator as the contact person for employees with disabilities requesting reasonable accommodations. The ADA/504 Coordinator collects employee disability documentation and follows policy and procedures for employee requests for accommodations. The ADA/504 Coordinator is available to assist faculty and staff in gaining a greater understanding of the law and provide clarification of the University's obligations under the law to provide accommodations.
Persons with disabilities visiting the SUNY Cortland Campus should contact the designated department personnel conducting or coordinating specific activities, programs, or events which they will be attending. The designated department personnel conducting or coordinating the specific activity, program, or event should consult with the ADA/504 Coordinator if assistance is needed. Determination as to how to best meet the needs of those individuals with disabilities attending such activities shall be made on a case by case basis.
Specific guidelines for documentation of a learning disability as well as other disabilities can be obtained from Disability Resources.
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.
Final responsibility for selection of the most appropriate accommodation rests with the University.
Employees, faculty, students and visitors have an opportunity to appeal a decision regarding an accommodation. Appeals may be handled informally in a case review involving the complainant, designated campus contact and the appropriate faculty member/ administrator/ supervisor. If a mutually acceptable accommodation cannot be determined with the designated campus contact and relevant SUNY Cortland personnel, an internal grievance may be filed with the Affirmative Action Officer.
SUNY Cortland has adopted an internal grievance procedure for the provision of prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination. Individuals with a disability at SUNY Cortland who consider themselves victims of discrimination based on a disability may file a grievance with the Affirmative Action Officer. Procedures for filing a discrimination grievance are outlined in Section 850.2 of the SUNY Cortland College Handbook, or can be obtained by contacting 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 complainant 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.
Questions or concerns regarding policy, services, or allegations of non-compliance should be directed to the designated campus contact.
Students should contact:
Van Hoesen Hall, Room C-17
Employees should contact:
Miller Building, Room 301
Individuals with a disability who consider themselves victims of discrimination and have been unable to arrive at a mutually acceptable resolution with designated campus contacts and appropriate personnel may file a grievance. Individuals should contact:
Melanie Sue Woodward
Affirmative Action Officer
Miller Building, Room 301
Sue Sprague, Director
Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman, Assistant Director
Patrick McLorn, Administrative Assistant
Amanda Bloom, Graduate Assistant
Jillian Cannistra, Graduate Assistant
Hannah Keech, Graduate Assistant
Memorial Library, Room B-121
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.