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Disability Support

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers a variety of disability services for undergraduates and graduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. These services aim to provide an inclusive experience and equal access to academic content and program requirements. Our approach relies on collaboration among students, CETL staff, and instructors. Students are invited to make an appointment to meet with an access coordinator to get acquainted and talk about classroom accommodations. CETL also provides transition support and self-advocacy skill development.

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Deciding to Disclose

Choosing to disclose the existence of a disability is a topic some students may wish to discuss informally with their access coordinator. The access coordinator will treat such conversations confidentially to the maximum extent possible. A student will not be considered to have self-identified a disability until the student has specifically expressed a desire to do so.

Arrangements for Accommodations

Our access coordinators will consider a wide variety of factors, including the nature of the disability and its effect on the student, the documentation provided, evidence of past accommodations that the student has received, and other relevant facts. If accommodations are to be provided, students should meet with the access coordinator to review the information included in their personal accommodation letter which lists the student’s in-class accommodations. 

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a variety of services for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. These services may include, but are not limited to:

CETL has designed online systems for submitting extended-time test accommodations and note-taking requests, as these are used most frequently by students with disabilities. Other classroom accommodations are set up through individual consultation with the student's assigned coordinator. Students must notify instructors of accommodation needs by submitting the Letter to Faculty Form each semester, and are encouraged to make requests for accommodations well in advance.

Supporting Documentation

Upon disclosing the existence of a disability, students will be asked to forward supporting documentation to the local access coordinator. Supporting documentation must be provided by a qualified professional who is licensed or otherwise properly credentialed in the domain for which he/she is diagnosing. Documentation completed by family members, regardless of qualifications, will not be accepted. Detailed university-wide guidelines for documenting a disability, procedures, and policies are found at: www.rochester.edu/disability/

The University provides both informal and formal processes to appeal accommodation decsions. Students are encouraged to first pursue an informal resolution with their access coordinator. However, the informal process need not be pursued prior to filing a formal grievance. Information pertaining to the grievance procedure is found at: http://www.rochester.edu/disability/policies/

Prospective students are encouraged to speak with an access coordinator to describe their accommodation needs and to inquire about CETL services and procedures. Upon accepting an offer to attend the University of Rochester, students who wish to receive classroom accommodations should send their documentation to our office for review. See our Prospective Students and Families page.

Please submit documentation of a disability to:

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
University of Rochester
1-154 Dewey Hall
P.O. Box 270359
Rochester, NY 14627-0359
Fax: (585) 273-1116

Confidentiality

Supporting documentation regarding the existence and the nature of a student's disability is generally considered private. Accordingly, without written consent from the student and except as stipulated below, information contained in the disability file is kept confidential to the maximum extent possible. Disability-related information will also be kept separate from the student's academic record. Access to a student's disability file is limited to the local access coordinator, the University disability resource coordinator, and other University officials who require access to the information to perform their professional responsibilities, or who need access to protect the health or safety of the student or others.

More Information

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Access CoordinatorCaseload Assignment by Last Name
Pamela Spallacci A - F
Elizabeth Carpenter G - P
Amy Clark Q - Z

Office Location: 1-154 Dewey Hall, River Campus
Office Phone: (585) 275-9049

You may also contact:

Vicki Roth
Executive Director & Assistant Dean
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Office Location: 1-154 Dewey Hall, River Campus
Office Phone: (585) 275-9049

or

Lynnett Van Slyke
Disability Compliance Director
Office Location: 36 Wallis Hall
Office Phone: (585) 275-9125