Student Responsibilities Associated with Academic Accommodations

Binghamton University students registered with Services for Students with Disabilities partner with the office in the management of their equal access accommodations.

To insure the timely provision of academic accommodations and supports students have the following responsibilities:

Academic Accommodation Authorizations

  • Complete and submit a Request for Academic Accommodation Letters to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) each semester for which you anticipate needing them.
  • At the start of the semester (the first two weeks) meet with each of your professors during their office hours, giving them the accommodation authorization letters, discussing your equal access accommodations, and confirming with them a mutually agreeable plan for their implementation throughout the semester.
  • Contact your SSD counselor immediately if you encounter any difficulties.

Students Authorized for Testing Accommodations

  • Confirm any testing accommodations with your professors one week prior to each exam to allow them time to make the necessary logistical arrangements.
  • Report on time for scheduled exams.
  • If you've been instructed to work directly with SSD Assistant to the Director, Jeremy Pelletier, for assistance with test scribes, test readers, or use of laptop computers, you must contact him at least one week prior to each scheduled exam for which you require this assistance.

Students Authorized to Audio Record their Classes

  • Students authorized to make an audio recording of class lectures, discussions, or tutoring sessions for later review understand this accommodation is for their own personal study and will not be shared or used for any other purposes.

Students Authorized for Notetaker Support

  • Contact SSD Assistant to the Director, Jeremy Pelletier, and work with him in following established guidelines for arranging, managing and utilizing note taker support.

Students Authorized for Sign Language Interpreter or Captioning Services

  • Submit your course schedule to SSD as soon as you have registered for classes.
  • Provide SSD with dates, times, and locations of service needs for out-of-class activities as soon as you become aware of them.
  • Advance notice of specific sign language interpreter needs is critical to SSD's ability to recruit qualified interpreters for the dates and times during which the service is required.
  • Unless it is an emergency you must give SSD at least 24 hours' advance notice if you are unable to attend a class or activity for which an interpreter or caption provider has been scheduled. Excessive "no-shows" or repeated failure to cancel without advance notice may result in the suspension of services pending a meeting with the SSD Director.

Students Authorized for Alternate Format Textbooks 

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We welcome the opportunity to partner with you in insuring your equitable access and supporting you in your educational endeavors at Binghamton University. We encourage you to contact us whenever you have questions or concerns and ask that you respond promptly whenever you're contacted by a Services for Students with Disabilities staff member.

Last Updated: 4/11/16