Prospective Student Disability Information
Since your responsibilities regarding accommodations will likely be different from your previous experiences, we encourage you to review the following information.
FAQs for Prospective Students
Yes, accommodations and services are provided for students with documented disabilities to provide equal access to educational programs and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADAAA).
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis using disability documentation and in consultation with the student.
No, the admissions process and criteria are the same for all students applying to St. John Fisher College. Disability status is not a consideration in the admissions decisions.
Contact the appropriate Admissions Office (Freshman, Transfer or Graduate) for information regarding the application process and to arrange a campus tour. A tour is strongly suggested to evaluate the accessibility of the campus based on your individual circumstances.
A diagnosis alone does not qualify you for accommodations. You must document the existence of an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, the current impact of your impairment and how it affects your ability to function in an academic setting, along with a rationale and objective basis for the requested accommodations.
No, Fisher does not provide diagnostic testing services.
It is the student’s responsibility to locate and pay for independent testing. Disability Services can provide a list of area professionals available to conduct private testing services.
If a student with a disability is eligible for services through the state Vocational Rehabilitation Services program, he or she may qualify for an evaluation at no cost.
No, documentation should be submitted with a completed Disability Accommodation Request & Release of Confidential Information form [pdf], only after you have been accepted to the College.
Documentation must be current and comprehensive. Please refer to Supporting Documentation Guidelines for more information. Please note that eligibility guidelines and accommodations may differ from your high school or other college you have attended.
Information from disability documentation is held in a confidential file and is shared only on a "need to know basis." The accommodation process requires the student to disclose disability status to faculty and staff as needed to adapt courses, equipment, or facilities to ensure equal access.
St. John Fisher College provides academic accommodations as supported by your documentation of disability and as required by ADA legislation to ensure equal access.
Typical accommodations may include alternate testing arrangements (extended time, quiet location, use of a word processor), access to an electronic textbook or a copy of class notes.
Exam proctoring and sharing of class notes are provided by students and residence directors under the supervision of the coordinator of disability services.
Writing Center tutors provide assistance with all writing assignments, and the Math Center tutors provide assistance with most math courses, as well as some computer science, statistics (including economics and psychology), chemistry, and physics courses.
Tutoring services are free of charge to all Fisher students. To make an appointment, visit TutorTrac. "Walk-ins" are welcome but subject to consultant availability. The Centers are located on the top floor of the Golisano Academic Gateway.
Peer tutoring in other 100 and 200 level courses is also available free of charge through the Center for Academic Affairs and Support Services.
Students are responsible for aids or assistance of a personal nature such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, computers for home use, or attendants for services of a personal nature including assistance with life coaching.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities - from the U.S. Department of Education