Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Accessibility has the right to:

  • Request and receive current disability documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted or the student fails to provide appropriate documentation;
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Refuse accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services that impose a fundamental alteration of a college program or activity;

The Office of Accessibility has the responsibility to:

  • Provide information to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request;
  • Ensure that courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
  • Review Application for Accommodations and Services to determine eligibility for services and nature of accommodations;
  • Provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services;
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, and to disclose such information only when permitted by law;
  • Serve as a liaison between students and faculty;
  • Serve as a resource on disability issues for the BMCC campus community.


II. Faculty

Faculty members have the right to:

  • Identify and establish standards for courses and academic programs;
  • Verify through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities the eligibility for and nature of accommodations before provision of accommodations occurs;
  • Request assistance and resources from the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.

Faculty members are responsible for:

  • Evaluating students solely on the basis of their academic performance;
  • Working with the student and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to ensure the provision of reasonable accommodations;
  • Fostering an accessible learning environment to all learners;
  • Addressing concerns about disability accommodations with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.


III. Students

Students with disabilities at BMCC have the right to:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities offered through the college;
  • Equal opportunity to learn;
  • Request for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Information in accessible formats.

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities;
  • Identify themselves as individuals with disabilities when requesting accommodations and seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary;
  • Document their disability according to established guidelines and demonstrate how disability substantially limits their participation in courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities;
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

Students are advised to:

  • Meet with each of their professors to discuss the testing and academic accommodations that they anticipate needing for each class;
  • Self disclose their disability status to faculty and staff when appropriate;
  • Exercise self-advocacy to meet their disability related needs.

 

Office of Accessibility

199 Chambers Street, Room N360
New York, NY 10007
Accessible entrance:
77 Harrison Street
New York, NY 10007
Email: accessibility@bmcc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 220-8180
Fax: (212) 220-1264

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Marcos Gonzalez, Director
Email: mgonzalez@bmcc.cuny.edu
(212) 220-8182