Students with Disabilities

Student Opportunities

Clarkson University assures equal educational opportunities by providing accommodations and services for qualified students with documented disabilities in accordance with Federal Law, specifically the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

By federal law, a person with a disability is any person who: 

  1. has a physical or mental impairment;
  2. has a record of such impairment; and
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, standing, seeing, speaking, breathing, taking care of oneself, learning.

The Office of AccessABILITY Services at Clarkson University, located at the Student Success Center, Educational Resources Center, Suite 1400 (ERC1400), is the designated office responsible for maintaining disability related documentation, certifying eligibility for receipt of services, determining reasonable accommodations, and ensuring the provision of those services.

Student Facts

  • Clarkson celebrates all types of individual diversity, including neurodiversity and persons with disabilities.  We work to make Clarkson an inclusive environment where all persons have equal access.
  • Approximately one in ten Clarkson students has registered with OAS for assistance with a disability (same as the national average for all college students).
  • Clarkson students affiliated with OAS have the same academic success (based on grade point averages) as their peers.
  • OAS offers temporary disability services to students with unanticipated injuries and needs such as concussion and surgical recovery.
  • All services are provided at no additional charge.

Documentation Guidelines

Regulations

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended in 2008, the Office of AccessABILITY Services provides equal access to educational programs and safeguards against discrimination for qualified students with disabilities as defined by the ADA. The ADA defines a person with a disability as any person who

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Has a record of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment


In order for AccessABILITY Services to determine if a student's condition meets the standard defined by the law, an evaluative intake interview will be conducted with the student and any additional documentation supplied will be reviewed.  All decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and any additional information requested following the intake interview will be used to determine the current functional limitations caused by the disability and reasonable modifications in an academic or residential setting.

Decisions made by the Office of AccessABILITY Services may not translate to other institutions or be applicable for high-stakes exams such as the GRE, FE, MCAT, etc.

Temporary Disabilities

Services are available to students with temporary disabilities to provide access to campus academic programs and services.

Assistance cannot be provided for tasks of a personal nature such as scribing homework or assisting with home-health care.

Please call the Office of AccessABILITY Services with your questions and concerns related to a temporary disability at (315) 268-7643 and we will discuss resources and assistance that can be provided by Clarkson during this difficult time.

Considerations

Special Housing Consideration

Clarkson University offers a double occupancy Residential Program for freshman and sophomores and a limited number of slots of alternative housing options for juniors and seniors, determined by a housing lottery.  

Students requesting special housing consideration must make their requests prior to June 15th for incoming freshman and by mid-February for current students (the date is announced each year based on the academic calendar).  Late requests can only be considered on a space available basis. 

Students with disabilities and/or medical conditions who require a specific type of housing to ensure good health or equal access to education may request a housing accommodation through the Office of Accommodative Services.  Students will need to participate in an evaluative intake process, which may also include representatives of the Campus Health Center, Campus Dining Services and the Counseling Center, as deemed appropriate by the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services. A representative from Residence Life will join with the other representatives for the review of requests. 

Requests for special housing consideration for students with disabilities will be evaluated and prioritized based on need. Factors to be considered include severity of the condition, timing of the request, feasibility and availability.   There is no guarantee that on campus housing will be available.  Incoming freshman will be notified of the determination early in July and current students will be notified prior to the Housing Lottery. 

Students must meet with the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services for each year a special housing consideration is being requested, and the evaluative intake process may need to be repeated, depending upon the nature of the condition. 

Decisions made by the Office of Accommodative Services at Clarkson University may not translate to other institutions. 

Please note that Clarkson University does not provide comprehensive evaluations. 

Please contact the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services with any questions or concerns.

Request for Special Housing Consideration

Request for Medical Housing for Dietary Purposes

Housing Accommodation Agreement

Special Dietary Consideration

Clarkson University offers a comprehensive mean plan that is required for all residential students.  The campus food service, provided by Aramark food services, provides a variety of food offerings at various venues across campus, including catered foods for special events.

Students requesting special dietary consideration may make their requests at any time throughout the year, but are encouraged to do so as soon as after admission or a medical need for a special diet emerges.

Students with disabilities and/or medical conditions who require a specific type of diet to ensure good health or equal access to education may request a dietary accommodation through the Office of Accommodative Services.  Students will need to participate in an evaluative intake process, which may also include representatives of the Campus Health Center, Campus Dining Services and the Counseling Center, as deemed appropriate by the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services. A representative from Residence Life will join with the other representatives for the review of requests. 

Students must meet with the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services to initiate a dietary accommodation, and the evaluative intake process may need to be repeated, depending upon the nature of the condition. One a dietary accommodation has been made, it may be continued as long as the student continues to attend Clarkson.

Once eligibility has been determined, and the dietary accommodation is made, the student will meet with both the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services and a representative from Aramark food services to discuss specific dietary needs, any food allergens, and create an individualized plan for how the needs will be met.  The student will be encouraged to also meet with several members of the culinary team to establish a personal relationship with the culinary staff.  A variety of strategies will be employed to meet individual needs on a case-by-case basis with adjustments that could include meal plan/declining balance adjustment, orientation to food sources that meet the individual need, or individually prepared meals.  A rotational menu of allergen free foods may also be offered.  Often times, dietary accommodation requires a minimal amount of pre-planning on an on-going basis.  For example, a student may be asked to text a food order to the chef with an approximate arrival time.  Under special circumstances the Director of Accommodative Services may recommend other dietary related remedies such as special housing, exceptions to policies, emergency personnel notification, and other accommodations as the situation warrants.  Meal plan exemptions and reductions can only be offered to students with a medical condition resulting in special dietary needs which cannot be accommodated by the offerings provided by food services. All students who seek a medical exemption or reduction need to first complete the accommodation process for a dietary accommodation which will determine which accommodation is most appropriate for the individual student.  Nearly all students find that the dietary accommodation made for them meets their needs.

The overall goal of the dietary accommodation is to create an environment where students with medical needs for a specialized diet can continue to eat among their peers.  Students with dietary accommodation will have convenient access to healthy, nutritious foods in quantities they enjoy - just as all other Clarkson students do.

Students with dietary concerns are encouraged to self-advocate in asking questions about food ingredients and preparation techniques.  Our culinary staff will be glad to answer these questions.  Should a server not be able to provide the requested information, a food service supervisor/manager is available at each venue to do so.  Any student concerns with the dietary accommodation is encouraged to address them with the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services.  Although it is rare when issues arise, there is often an easy remedy that can be put into place immediately to address a concern.  

Decisions made by the Office of Accommodative Services at Clarkson University may not translate to other institutions.

Please note that Clarkson University does not provide comprehensive evaluations. 

Please contact the Director of the Office of Accommodative Services with any questions or concerns.

FORMS:

Request for Dietary Accommodation for Medical Purposes

Dietary Accommodation Agreement

Campus Guests

Special Dietary Needs

We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who attend here, work here, and visit. Guests of Clarkson University with special dietary needs are encouraged to contact Aramark Food Services prior to arrival to convey any special food requirements. Medical documentation or approval from the Office of Accommodative Services is not required of our guests. Arrangements may be made with Aramark food services without the disclosure of private medical information. Guests are encouraged to state that special foods are required due to meet a medical need (without further explanation). Aramark food services may be contacted at:  (315)268-3816 or by emailing Mr. Manny Manno, Executive Director of Aramark at emanno@clarkson.edu .

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