Academic Accommodation

All adaptive technology will be handled by the Specialized Resource Center (SRC). Students must contact the SRC two weeks prior to needing any of the adaptive technological pieces.

  • Acquisition of Adaptive Technology
    • The narrow band of specialties often associated with many of the hardware and software manufacturers of adaptive equipment may at times leave only a single vendor offering a specific product. If this is the case, it must be documented by contacting a minimum of two other vendors within the same field.
    • All purchases are subject to the parameters set forth by the business manager.
    •  Whenever possible, both hardware and software will be placed within an integrated setting, such as one of the computer labs on campus.
    • Whenever possible, both hardware and software will be available to the Manhattan College community at large, when not being used by a special-needs student.
    • All items purchased for use by SRC students are the property of Manhattan College. 
    • Requests must be submitted in writing to the SRC director.

    Academic adjustments or auxiliary aids should not alter the integrity of faculty’s curricular components. The SRC counts on faculty input to maintain its efficacy, regarding the SRC’s mandate to create an environment built on equal access for all students. The best plan of action is typically created during office hours, with a faculty member and student in attendance, without the intervention of the SRC; think of the academic adjustments and auxiliary aids listed on the form as guideposts. Requests must be submitted in writing to the SRC director.

  • Requesting a Course Substitution
    • Student submits necessary documentation supporting diagnosis to the SRC.
    • Student must forward a letter to the SRC containing:
      • The specific course to be substituted
      • An explanation as to how the student's needs impact the course in question
    • The SRC determines if there is a need for further documentation.
    • The SRC contacts the dean of the school in which the student is registered. As a result of this collaboration, one of the following possibilities may be rendered:
      • Course substitution granted
      • Course must be attempted with adjustments clearly delineated
      • Course must be attempted with no adjustments deemed necessary
    • A member of the SRC will explain the decision rendered to the student.
    • Decisions will be determined within 25 school days, after receipt of all material required by the SRC from the student.
    • The student may appeal the decision by following the grievance procedure.
  • Printed Materials in Alternative Formats

    It is the responsibility of the student to contact the bookstore after registering for classes each term in order to determine which texts are required.

    Students in need of alternative texts are encouraged to set up an account with Bookshare.  Accounts will require verification through the SRC of the student's eligibility.  Once an approved account is made, required text can be searched on the website and accessed free of cost.  A student requesting any alternative text that isn't available on Bookshare must submit the request through AIM

    New York State law requires publishers to provide electronic files of textbooks and related materials to universities, when possible, only after proof of a student's purchase of printed materials is provided to the SRC.  If the books you require are not available through the publisher, alternative sources will be utilized.  If materials are not available in time for the start of the semester, contact the SRC and we will provide you with a reader until the books arrive, providing you followed procedure in a timely manner.

    It is your responsibility to contact the SRC if you experience any problems with this procedure.  

  • Testing Accommodations

    We can provide Testing Accommodations for students registered with the SRC. All requests to take exams with accommodations must be made at least two (2) business days in advance. 

    Registered SRC Students can make exam requests through AIM by clicking on the button below and using their JasperNet information to log in. Once a request is approved, an automated email will be sent to both the student and his or her professor.