Requesting Disability Accommodations

Process to Request Disability Accommodations

At the post-secondary level, disclosure of a disability is voluntary. In general, documentation of disability should only be submitted to the Coordinator of Disability Services. Usually, students with temporary conditions (injuries) or short term medical or illness situations are not considered persons with disabilities and should review the information about making arrangements for temporary conditions.

  1. Complete and return the Disability Service Request and Release of Confidential Information Form [pdf] to the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Office of Academic Affairs.
    Mailing Address:
    Coordinator of Disability Services
    Office of Academic Affairs
    St. John Fisher College
    3690 East Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14618
    Fax: (585) 385-8117
  2. The student must provide appropriate supporting documentation for both academic accommodation requests and non-academic (medical) accommodation requests.
  3. The appropriate College staff will review the documentation and the request and will notify the student of the outcome.
  4. The cost of providing the required documentation shall be borne by the student.
  5. The final determination for providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations rests with the College and is made on a case by case basis based on the supporting documentation.

Please refer to St. John Fisher College's Supporting Documentation Guidelines for Students with Disabilities for specific detailed information. The College's Guidelines for Documentation of Disability are adopted from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Appeals Process for Disability Accommodations

In the event that a student wishes to appeal a College decision in response to a request for a reasonable accommodation, the student must:

  • Submit a written appeal to the Office of Academic Affairs indicating the basis for the appeal, within twenty calendar days of notification of the initial decision.
  • The appeal will be forwarded to the appropriate College officer (the appropriate undergraduate or graduate dean for academic-related requests; the Vice President of Student Affairs & Diversity Initiatives for non-academic-related requests).
  • The Office of Academic Affairs will forward to the College officer receiving the appeal, all documentation and related information submitted to the College in support of the request.
  • The officer hearing the appeal may request additional information from the student, as well as seek expert opinion from sources outside the College. The student must cooperate if the opinion of the additional expert is sought.
  • The officer hearing the appeal will meet with the student to discuss the request and may interview other individuals who have information relevant to the request.
  • After reviewing the documentation and meeting with the student, the officer hearing the appeal may modify or sustain the original decision regarding the request for accommodation.
  • The decision regarding the appeal will be made within thirty calendar days of receipt of the appeal.

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