The Sage Colleges has an office location on each campus responsible for providing appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities; 3rd floor of the Library on the Albany Campus and 3rd floor of the Shea Learning Center on the Troy Campus. These offices provide accommodations and services to all students with disabilities.
The Sage Colleges is committed to promoting self advocacy for students with disabilities and facilitates a positive and adaptive learning environment for such students. Students seeking accommodations are required to present a current evaluation for their disability conducted by a licensed professional. In accordance with Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, support services and reasonable accommodations are provided when requested by a student who qualifies for them. It is extremely important upon admissions into the college that you contact the Director of Disabilities Services.
The Sage Colleges is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the policy that no qualified person be excluded from participating in any college program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any college program or activity. This policy derives from the commitment to non-discrimination for all persons in employment, access to facilities, student programs, activities and services.
- Alternate formats for printed material
- Assistive technology
- Note Taking Assistance
- Sign language interpreter
- Reduced course loads
- Test accommodations
- Housing accommodations
- Assistance with academic accommodations
- Accommodations for alternative testing
- Auxiliary aids and services
- Facilitate academic and career advising
- Assist with development of education plan
- Assisting with getting appropriate academic support services, including tutoring and use of the Writing Studio.
- Pre-admission counseling and new student orientation.
- Referral and liaison services to agencies such as the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Board of Education Services for the Blind, as well as Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Eligibility for Accommodations
Any student with a documented disability is eligible to receive services from the Disabilities Service Office. The purpose of accommodations and modifications is to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that may exist because of an individual’s disability. The law does not require college to waive specific courses or academic requirements considered essential to a particular program or degree. Rather, they are mandated to modify existing requirements on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability.
Procedure for Accessing Accommodations
Students requesting accommodations should contact the Disabilities Services Office at the beginning of each semester (if not sooner) so that appropriate accommodations can be provided in a timely manner.
Students requesting accommodations are responsible for providing appropriate documentation to the Disabilities Services Office in order to verify their need for accommodations.
Documentation must be current, and must be submitted by a qualified licensed professional. Students need to follow the guidelines found here in order to obtain reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids. Any deviation may slow down the process or accommodations may not be granted. Once appropriate documentation has been received, the Disabilities Office will review the request and then meet with the student to discuss appropriate accommodations.
Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the documented disability. With the Americans with The Disabilities Act of 1990 requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested by the student, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable.
Accommodation letters will be developed at this time. Subsequently, the student should meet with faculty members to discuss his or her accommodations and review these letters. It is best to do this review after class or to set up an appointment with each faculty member. Each student can decide whether to disclose his/her disability or any pertinent information he/she may wish to share with the professor. The student is not required to identify his/her disability, although this information is often helpful. Each student may want to explain how his/her disability may affect his/her coursework in general; again, this is not required. After review of the student’s accommodation letter, the faculty member and the student sign the accommodation letter; one copy is retained by the professor and one copy is returned to the Disabilities Services office.
Review the accommodations! For testing accommodations, it is important to remind the professor at least one week before the exam date to be sure both parties have the same understanding of what is to occur. Test request forms should be submitted at least five (5) business days prior to the intended test date in order to provide optimal service. Throughout the semester, the student should regularly meet with the professor as necessary to discuss his/her accommodation needs. (Adapted from; Appendices, The Sage College of Albany Catalog.)
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Every student with a documented disability has the following rights:
- Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the college.
- Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Appropriate confidentiality of all information pertaining to his/her disability with the choice of whom to disclose his/her disability to except as required by law.
- Information reasonably available in accessible formats.
Every student with a disability has the responsibility to:
- Meet the college’s qualifications and essential technical, academic, and college standards.
- Identify themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking an accommodation.
- Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the need for specific accommodations.
- Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
For a full explanation of rights and responsibilities, please review the Student Handbook.
Disabilities Services Office: Test Taking Information; Test Monitoring System for Students with Accommodations*
[*-Note: All students eligible for this service are referred to the Academic Support Center by the Office of Disabilities Services. Any student not in our records is ineligible to schedule an exam and will be directed to the Office of Disabilities Services to provide the proper documentation (see “Accommodations” section below).]
To access services, students must refer themselves to the Director of Disabilities Services and provide adequate documentation from a licensed professional to the Disabilities Office. Since the purpose of the documentation is to assist the student and the college in determining reasonable accommodations (e.g., extended test time, reduced course load, auxiliary aids, etc.), these guidelines must be followed to assure that the diagnostic evaluation report is appropriate for verifying accommodation needs. Specific procedures need to be followed in order to obtain reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids. Any deviation from the process may slow down the process or accommodations may not be granted.
Each student must meet with the Disabilities Director with his/her current documentation from a licensed professional to request services. Accommodation letters will be developed at this time. Subsequently, the student should meet with faculty members to discuss his or her accommodations and review these letters. It is best to do this review after class or to set up an appointment with each faculty member. Each student can decide whether to disclose his/her disability (or any pertinent information he/she may wish to share” to the professor. The student is not required to identify his/her disability, although this information is often helpful.Each student may want to explain how his/her disability may affect his/her coursework in general; again, this is not required. After the review of the student’s accommodation letter, the faculty member and the student sign the accommodation letter.
Review the accommodations! For testing accommodations, it is important to check in again with the professor at least one week before the exam date as a reminder and to be sure both parties have the same understanding of what is to occur. Throughout the semester, the student should regularly meet with the professor as necessary to discuss his/her accommodation needs. (Adapted form: Appendices, The Sage College of Albany Catalog.)
- Upon student request, the professor provides optional exam schedules for testing.
- The student informs the Disabilities Services Office Unit Manager and a Test Request Form is filled out. To submit an online request, click HERE. Requests should be submitted at least 5 (five) business days prior to the intended test date (in order to provide optimal service), especially if the student requires the use of a reader. Readers are “on-call” and need to be contacted in a timely fashion to ensure their availability.
- The Disabilities Services Office Unit Manager will schedule a room for the exam with the student, and make arrangements with the professor to have the exam delivered to the Disabilities Services office prior to the exam. If a reader is needed, the Unit Manager will schedule a reader and room for the exam. The student will take the exam in a monitored testing environment (with a reader, if necessary).
- Upon completion of the exam, the Disabilities Services Office Unit Manager will return the exam to the Professor in accordance with the instructions outlined in Section 4 of the Test Request Form.
Special Needs Housing
Part of the commitment to students with disabilities is to ensure that students have equitable access to campus programs, including housing. The Sage Colleges will provide reasonable housing accommodations to eligible students. To substantiate the need for assistance, we require clear, current, and comprehensive documentation of limitations in function or performance, specifically as it relates to housing. Substantiated need is constituted by a severe and chronic disabling condition that has been well documented by an appropriate and qualified professional. The disabling condition must significantly impact their learning environment and/or residential activities unless reasonable accommodations are provided.
Accommodations for various disabilities and chronic health conditions take time to arrange. Housing receives many such requests, all of which affect the allocation of limited housing resources. For this reason, it is important that accommodation requests for pre-existing conditions be made at the time of application.
Any student requiring a special housing accommodation of any type should send the request and documentation to the Residence Life Director and Disabilities Services Director as soon as they are accepted to the college. Please be specific and communicate all of your needs. You will also need to be in contact with the Wellness Center to discuss your medical needs prior to move-in to create a care plan and contract.