• Syllabus Statement

    In keeping with The New School’s policy of providing equal access to individuals with disabilities, instructors are strongly encouraged to include a statement on their syllabus informing students that academic accommodations can be provided on the basis of disability if the student follows the protocol described. The following statement contains all of the elements that should be present. Instructors may want to make changes based on style preference or particular course content. Instructors who need consultation in further developing this statement can contact the director for Disability Services. It is strongly recommended that you also read this statement to the students at the start of each semester when reviewing course policies.

    Suggested Statement

    Students Disability Services (SDS) assists students with disabilities in need of academic and programmatic accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    In keeping with the university's policy of providing equal access for students with disabilities, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations must contact SDS. The office will conduct an intake and, if appropriate, the Director will provide an academic accommodation notice for you to bring to me. This letter is necessary in order for classroom accommodations to be provided. Once you provide this notice, the Director will have a schedule a private discussion with the instructor about the accommodations in relation to this course.

    Early intervention can make all the difference in helping students achieve academic success. It also shows that the instructor made a good faith effort to inform students of their rights and responsibilities in this area, and that this effort was done in a timely manner.