Faculty and Staff Resources
Students with disabilities represent a cross section of diversified individuals. To facilitate their academic success, please consider alerting your classes to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) and the services provided for students with disabilities by including a statement on your syllabus.
Sample Syllabus Statement:
One important way that faculty can connect students to the CSD office is by placing a statement in their syllabus informing them of the office's services and location. Below is a sample statement that York College faculty can use in their syllabi:
“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 Center for Students with Disabilities (Academic Core Building (AC), Room 1G02, 718-262-2191) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations.”
Confidentiality and Privacy:
Under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), CSD holds students’ disability documentation, like medical information, in strictest confidence. If faculty and/or staff members have any questions regarding students’ accommodation needs, they should contact CSD.
Recording of Lectures and Classes:
According to Subpart E of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1992, students who provide disability documentation indicating that audio recording (and under certain circumstances video recording) 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 CSD. While a faculty member cannot prevent authorized students from recording in their classes, CSD requires these 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. Recording memorandi can be made available to faculty members upon request. Faculty members may also require that students turn over the recordings to them at the end of the semester.
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