SUNY Sullivan is committed to providing equal access to all students. The Department of Learning and Student Development Services provides a variety of supportive services to students, including mental health counseling, academic advisement, and tutoring. The Learning Center, which is part of the Department of Learning and Student Development Services, has been an important component of the college. It serves students with disabilities, students without disabilities, and faculty and staff with a goal of empowering each student to reach his/her academic potential.
It is the policy of SUNY Sullivan to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. 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 Sullivan shall comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations regarding reasonable accommodations needed to provide equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities.
Guidelines and procedures for incoming students seeking accommodations
- Each student in need of support services such as an accommodation for a disability MUST self-identify to the Dept. of Learning and Student Development in order to determine eligibility to receive special services and accommodations. Students must request accommodations each semester they are enrolled.
- Documentation may or may not be necessary to put accommodations in place. Many students choose to provide documentation when they complete the Accommodation Request Form, but you do not need documentation to explore accommodations. Please do complete the online process even if you do not have documentation or your documentation is outdated.
- Every student and every request is unique. A conversation about your experiences and expectations will help determine if additional information is necessary to support your accommodation requests. You are able to request accommodations at any point in your SUNY Sullivan career. You can also discuss or make changes to existing accommodation requests by talking with the Disability Services Specialist.
- The college setting is different than high school. While there might be some similarities, accommodations you used in the past may no longer be reasonable or appropriate in college.
- At SUNY Sullivan, you are in control of your academic requests, and your parents may only be involved with your written consent. Information about a student’s disability is confidential and is released only with a student’s written consent. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that student give their express consent for SUNY Sullivan to share any personal or academic information with a parents or any additional person.
- Requirements that are essential to a program or to licensure or certification are not modified or waived. Modifications are not required when they would fundamentally alter the essential elements of a program or course of study, or pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
In order to begin the process, you are welcome to access the Accommodation Request Form. You may complete it online, print and mail it to the address provided on the form or bring it with you when you come for your advising or placement testing appointment.
For more information contact Lynn Leibowitz- Whitehead, LMSW:
Phone: 845-434-5750 ext 4328
In person: Disability Services is located in the Learning Center above the One-Stop Office E212E
To help us schedule your alternate testing location, feel free to complete our online form. Click this link: Separate Location Testing (you will need to log in with your sullimail account).
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Student Guidance for Accommodations During Remote Instruction
The Department of Learning and Student Development Services will continue to be a resource for you. We know many of you have concerns on how your accommodations will be implemented in an online learning environment, and we’re here to help.
- Accommodations must still be provided in online/remote coursework environments.
- We encourage you to contact your instructors as soon as possible about any concerns you have with receiving your accommodations in an online environment, and keep us looped in on the conversation if you have questions or concerns.
Meetings with the Counselor ADA
- The Counselor ADA, Lynn Leibowitz-Whitehead can be contacted through email firstname.lastname@example.org, Zoom meetings, Google Hangouts, or scheduled phone conferences. Remote appointments can be made through Starfish as well.
- The Counselor ADA will continue to review new applications and meet with students remotely for intake meetings.
- The Department of Learning and Student Development Services has suspended our in-person proctoring service until further notice.
- Faculty are responsible for providing exam accommodations in the online environment. Contact us right away with concerns or if your accommodations are not being provided.
Changes to Accommodations
- We understand that changes to your accommodations may need to be made in these new online environments. To discuss any changes or concerns, please email contact Lynn Leibowitz-Whitehead.
A Few Tips For Adjusting to The Online Learning Environment
- Break down tasks into clear, manageable steps. That makes tasks a little easier to attack, one bite at a time.
- Start a list of upcoming tasks for each course and put it all in one place, like a journal or planner or just a piece of paper.
- As you get information by email or from Brightspace, add the to-do items to your central list.
- Create email folders for each course and place any communication into that folder, to manage the huge influx of digital information.
- Engage in your courses EVERY day. So you don’t miss important information.
- You will likely need to spend more time on learning the content than they usually require. More review of notes, more reading, and employing more active study methods to stay engaged while learning alone are important strategies.
- For online tests Immediate communication is critical if you’re having trouble. Contact the instructor and/or Disability Services.