ACCOMMODATIONS AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
The College of New Rochelle Office for Resources, Equity, Accessibility & Learning (REAL) provides the coordination of confidential services and reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The College of New Rochelle Office for Resources, Equity, Accessibility & Learning (REAL)office fosters a student-centered, inclusive educational environment based on the social justice mission of The College of New Rochelle. R.E.A.L. is dedicated to guiding you to achieve a quality educational experience that leads to successful employment. In order to meet this goal, the REAL offices support accommodations to create equity in the learning environment. It is essential to remember that reasonable accommodations are student driven. Students must take the initiative to self identify as an individual with a disability, request accommodations, and utilize services at the level they feel they need. The REAL office is dedicated to providing the tools for each student to develop self-awareness and self-advocacy skills to improve the likelihood of academic success. Each student is provided with individualized attention to best explore the options to make the college environment an accessible and equitable one. Knowing your educational needs will make it easier to navigate the college setting. There is a procedure to register with the REAL office and this brochure will aid you with this process.
What Steps Should I Take if I Think I Have a Disability?
The College of New Rochelle Disability Services Office provides coordination of confidential services and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines disability as any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
If you have a record of having a disability in the past or have one now, you must present records to verify your disability. Next, you will need to determine whether your disability is substantially limiting your ability to be successful in the college setting. If it is, you may be entitled to accommodations. Keep in mind that accommodations must be reasonable and are provided to give you a fair chance at success in school, not a privilege or unfair advantage.
If you think you might have a disability but do not have the necessary documentation, please contact the REALsupport@cnr.edu.
- Show proof of enrollment in The College of New Rochelle or clearance to enroll for an upcoming semester.
- At least three weeks in advance of requesting the services, complete the Application Packet for the REAL Office for the semester in which services are requested. Indicate in writing on the form the support services, assistance, or materials necessary for successful academic functioning.
- Provide appropriate documentation indicating the type of disability and type of accommodations requested. Documentation should be recent (3 years), issued by a medical or other qualified, licensed professional, printed on letterhead or an official form, signed and dated. Documentation guidelines are listed by the REAL office based on presetning condition NOTE: Student IEP, Section 504 Plan, oral description of disability, and previous accommodations will be considered valuable information for the application but alone are not sufficient to establish reasonable accommodations.
- Once the paperwork has been received by the REAL Office, the student will receive notification that the paperwork has been received and is under review for approval or denial.
- Once the documentation has been reviewed, a letter with approved/ or denied accommodations will be sent to the student and if necessary to designated person’s indicated on the signed release form.
Reasonable accommodations at postsecondary institutions are only based in part on diagnosis of a disability. There also must be a significant impact (functional impact) on a major life activity. This is why doucmenation of a psotsecondary institutions has to provide more information that just a diagnosis and must address the severity of impact. Another student with the same disability may be impacted differently; therefore, all accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
All students are welcome to meet with a REAL Office coordinator to discuss potential accommodation/accessibility needs. CNR takes a highly individualized approach to determining accommodations. Examples of conditions that may warrant accommodation include:
- Learning Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Psychological/psychiatric conditions
- Chronic medical conditions
- Visual impairment or blindness
- Auditory impairment or deafness
- Mobility or orthopedic conditions
- Traumatic brain injury
- Temporary conditions (e.g. injury, surgery recovery, concussion)
- Medical complications related to pregnancy