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 Office of Access and Equity Services.
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 Office of Access and Equity Services, follow the steps outlined below. Should you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact our office at any time.
1. Self Identify
If you have been accepted for admission to SUNY Delhi and would like to register with the Office of Access and Equity Services, please submit the Connect with Access and Equity, form and upload or send all required documentation to:
The Office of Access and Equity Services
221 Bush Hall
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
2. Documentation Complete
Once your documentation is complete and you have been approved for Access and Equity Services, you will receive an email giving you further instructions. Please schedule an appointment with the Coordinator, Access and Equity Services after completing the documentation requirements.
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. The form must be completed before you can receive your access plan to present to your professors. This form should be completed As Soon As Possible, preferably BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES!
5. Look For Access Plan In Student Email
Once your Student Guidelines for Academic Adjustments is received by the Office of Access and Equity Services, your access plan will be sent to your school email address. You will need to send (via email) this letter to all of your professors.
6. Schedule a Meeting With Your Professor
While emailing your access plan to your professors, set up a meeting with them to discuss your plan and the needs you may have in each class.
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 needs to be supplied only 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.