Faculty and Staff
Students with disabilities represent a cross section of diversified individuals. To facilitate their academic success, please consider alerting your classes to the STAR Program (Specialized Testing & Academic Resources), services for students with disabilities, by including a statement on your syllabus.
Sample Syllabi Statement:
“CUNY York College is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability and require accommodations to participate and complete requirements for this class, contact the STAR Program (Specialized Testing & Academic Resources), services for students with disabilities (Academic Core Building (AC), Room 1GO2, 718-262-2191/3732) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations.”
Under FERPA, the STAR Program holds students’ disability documentation, like medical information, in strictest confidence. Students are not to be questioned by faculty and/or staff about the nature of their disability. If faculty and/or staff members have any questions regarding students’ accommodation needs, they should contact the STAR Program.
According to Subpart E of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1992, students who provide disability documentation indicating that audio taping (and under certain circumstances videotaping) classes is necessary in order for them to gain equal access to course lectures must be permitted to tape course lectures. Accordingly, it is the College’s policy to permit taping of course lectures for students who provide the required documentation to the STAR Program. While a faculty member cannot prevent authorized students from taping in their classes, they may require such students to sign a memorandum of agreement. By signing this document, students agree that the contents of the tapes are the exclusive property of the faculty member and may not be used by students for any purposes other than studying for their class without the express written consent of the faculty member. Faculty members may also require that students turn over the tapes to them at the end of the semester.
A Faculty Guide to Teaching Students with Disabilities
Tips On Interacting With People With Disabilities