Online Student Support
Online Student Support
Services for Online Students
Online study creates the need for academic adjustments that are different from those
needed for traditional, in-class study.
Determining which academic adjustments you will need is a process based on a review of the functional limitations of your disability. Disability affects each student in varying ways, depending largely on your ability to compensate for the effects of your disability. Areas of difficulty may be:
- Comprehending written instructions
- Participating in online discussions
- Viewing and/or hearing online video postings
- Hearing online audio postings
- Others unique to your situation
All academic adjustments are determined on a case-by-case basis with the documentation you provide to the disability office.
Do Online Students Need Documentation?
Documentation is the report that is generated by the professional who has diagnosed
an individual's disability. It provides the official basis of the student's claim
that he or she is a person with a disabling condition. This report usually discusses
testing used to diagnose the condition, the diagnosis itself, the student's strengths
and weaknesses, the impact on affected major life activities and provides recommendations
for equitable academic adjustments. It helps to identify the functional limitations
imposed by the disability.
The law allows the college to request this documentation when the student requests academic adjustments.
Supporting documentation may include: Psychological/Psycho-educational Evaluation or Medical Documentation of your disability.
PLEASE NOTE: An IEP or 504 Plan are NOT proof of a disability
How to Receive Services
In order to receive support services through the Access and Equity office, follow the steps outlined below. Should you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact our office at anytime.
1. Self Identify
The Office of Access and Equity Services
221 Bush Hall Delhi, NY 13753
2. Student Registration and Self-Assessment
You must submit the Student Registration and Self Assessment Form to the office of Access and Equity Services as soon as possible. Once you have submitted this form you should contact the Coordinator for a meet and greet.
3. Documentation Complete
Once your documentation is complete and you have been approved for Access and Equity Services, you will receive a letter attached in an email giving you further instructions.
4. Check Student Email
If you are approved for Access and Equity Services, two weeks prior to the start of every semester you will receive an email with a link to the Student Guidelines for Academic Adjustments form. This form must be downloaded and saved before working with it. The form must be completed, signed, and returned before you can receive your access letter to present to your professors. This form should be returned As Soon As Possible via email, fax, or mail, BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES!
5. Look For Letter In Student Email
Once your contract is received by the Access and Equity Office, your access letter will be sent to your school email address. You will need to send (via email) this letter to all of your professors.
Request for Alternatively Formatted Books
Students who have a print disability may request copies of their textbooks in alternative formats. The college uses a variety of sources to supply these materials, including files obtained from the publisher and scanning books in house. In order to request texts in alternative formats, the following procedures must be followed:
- Complete the Application for Texts in Alternative Formats .
- Submit documentation of your print disability and proof of purchase.
- You must complete a new application for each term you enroll. Books will not be requested on your behalf unless you submit the form and proof of purchase. Documentation only needs to be supplied once.
- Requests take approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on the source of the text. Some texts may be turned around faster, some may take longer. Check with the statewide Coordinator after submitting your request for a progress report.