Policy and procedural guidelines for individuals covered by the mandates set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504. All members of the college community are required by federal law to be aware of and adhere to the basic policies and procedures pertaining to the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Questions and comments should be directed to the Specialized Resources Center (SRC).
  • Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
    Manhattan College adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of this institution's classes or facilities. The College has made reasonable modifications in policies, practices, procedures and/or facilities when such modifications were necessary, to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals. The office of the SRC, has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in Subtitle A of the Americans with Disabilities Act of of 1990.
  • Confidentiality
    The SRC discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Manhattan College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including public safety personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using college employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his professional responsibilities for Manhattan College.
  • Diagnostic Testing
    There will be no diagnostic testing administered within the SRC. We are not in control of other departments, and thus cannot guarantee that other groups, such as the counseling center, are completing such testing. There are no plans to initiate diagnostic testing on campus slated for the foreseeable future. 
  • Criteria for LD, ADHD and Psychiatric Documentation

    Students requesting academic adjustments must adhere to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) policy statement for documentation of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities in adolescents and adults, and psychiatric disabilities in adolescents and adults.

  • Procedural Guidelines for Alternative Testing and Classroom Adjustments

    Prior to any academic adjustment or auxiliary aid, appropriate documentation must be filed with the SRC.

  • Testing Adjustments

    Any student seeking an exemption from the time frames outlined below regarding various academic adjustments or auxiliary aids must contact the SRC.

    Extended time (no reader or scribe needed)

    The student must register with the SRC in advance of any exam to be taken under the auspices of the SRC. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the professor is made aware of all modifications two weeks in advance, make certain that the professor knows the exact date and time of your alternative testing and the exams are to be delivered to the SRC, sign in utilizing the electronic testing log located in the individual's Manhattan College student Google calendar at least one day in advance of the exam.

    If you will be taking an exam at the Specialized Resource Center, please follow these instructions:

    • Please send the test request at least 48-Hours prior to the time of the exam
    • Click on the Calendar Tab at the top of the web page
    • Go to the date of the Exam and add an Event
    • The event title should be the title of the class and the professor of the course (For example: MGMT 309 - Shah)
    • Put the time for which you would like to take the exam (Please be mindful that testing hours are from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM, if you need to take an exam at a time outside of these hours please email me directly at anne.vaccaro@manhattan.edu)
    • Please remember to notify your professors to send the exam to Thomas Hall room 3.15
    • If you need any special accommodations (such as word processor, reader, etc.) please add them to the Description Box
    • Add the src testing email (srctesting@manhattan.edu) to the guest list and send the request

    Just as a reminder, when you begin an exam you may not leave the testing area until the end of the exam.  There are no electronic devices allowed in the testing room.  Also, be mindful when scheduling an exam to have ample amount of time for the exam, so as not to come into conflict with a class.

    Extended time with reader and/or scribe, or use of adaptive technological equipment

    Follow above guidelines, except student must speak with an SRC representative along with utilizing the testing log in advance of any exam.

  • Classroom Adjustments (Except for Alternative Text and Adaptive Technology)
    • Students are responsible for monitoring the delivery of academic adjustments, and contacting the SRC if services are not up to par.
    • Students are responsible for contacting the SRC if they do not understand the Americans with Disabilities Grievance Procedure and for following these procedural guidelines.
    • Students may be asked to supply the SRC with either updated or ancillary testing, prior to rendering a decision regarding an academic adjustment or auxiliary aid.
  • Printed Materials in Alternative Formats

    A student requesting alternative text must contact the SRC director as soon as possible to determine if he or she qualifies as a student entitled to print materials in alternative formats. If a student qualifies, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the bookstore after registering for classes each term and gather the following information for each book for each class:

    • Title
    • Author
    • Publisher
    • Year of publication and edition (e.g., 4th edition)
    • ISBN number if available

    Once you have this information, forward to the SRC director.  New York State law requires publishers to provide electronic files of textbooks and related materials to universities when possible only after proof of purchase of printed materials is provided.  If the books you have requested are not be available through 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.