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 Accessibility Services at Clarkson University, located at 1003 Price Hall, 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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.

Academic Accommodation

Students with disabilities and/or medical conditions who require academic accommodations to ensure equal access to education may request an accommodation through the Office of Accessibility Services. Students may request such accommodations through Tutoring & Accommodations on their myCU account. In addition to the documentation guidelines as described above, students may submit their high school IEP or 504 Plan or have their health provider complete and submit the Academic Accommodation Provider Form.

Housing Accommodation

Students with disabilities and/or medical conditions who require a specific type of housing to ensure equal access to education may request an accommodation through the Office of Accessibility Services. Due to the variety of offerings through University housing, nearly all disabilities and medical conditions can be accommodated through University housing. The University values the importance of learning to live alongside others and the community experience that comes with campus living. As such, only in the rarest of circumstances would a student be released from University housing. Specific details regarding deadlines and the accommodation request process can be found on the Housing Accommodation Request Form.

Dietary Accommodation

Dining Services meets most student dietary restrictions through their regular dining operation. Learn about options for individuals with food allergies or intolerance on the Dining Services website. Students with disabilities and/or medical conditions who require unique or individualized dining to ensure equal access to education may request an accommodation through the Office of Accessibility Services. For dietary accommodations that can be accommodated through Dining Services, such as allergens, iron deficiencies, diabetes, etc., students should contact the Office of Accessibility Services to discuss accommodation options. When a disability or medical condition is so severe that Dining Services is unable to safely and reasonably accommodate a student's disability or medical condition, the necessary accommodation is likely to impact student's housing to ensure access to a kitchen. In this situation, the request would be handled through the Housing Accommodation process (see above).

Emotional Support Animal Accommodation

Students with disabilities and/or medical conditions who require an Emotional Support Animal to ensure equal access to education may request an accommodation through the Office of Accessibility Services. Specific details regarding the accommodation request process can be found on the Emotional Support Animal Accommodation Request Form

Dietary Restrictions for University Guests

We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who attend here, work here, and visit here. Guests of Clarkson University with dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact Dining Services prior to arrival to convey any dietary requirements. Medical documentation or approval from the Office of Accessibility Services is not required of University guests. Arrangements may be made with Dining Services without the disclosure of private medical information. Guests are encouraged to state that dietary needs are required due medical reasons (without further explanation). Visit the Dining Services page for more information. Dining Services may be contacted at (315)268-3816.