Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Reasonable Accommodations Policy

Overview

The City University of New York and the College of Staten Island (“the College” or “CSI”), in compliance with Sections 503 and 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Rehabilitation Act”), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), New York State Executive Law §296, and New York City Human Rights Law, provides qualified individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in programs, activities, or employment.

Please access CSI’s complete Reasonable Accommodations Policy here: www.csi.cuny.edu/diversity_and_compliance/reasonable_accom.html

Procedures for Requesting an Accommodation

Students

A student should make an initial request for accommodation to the Center for Student Accessibility and provide appropriate supporting documentation. The Director of the Center for Student Accessibility may consult with appropriate college officials such as the instructor or provost to determine the appropriateness of the requested accommodation consistent with the program requirements. Such consultation shall be confidential, and limited to those officials whose input is necessary to the decision. Students may consult with the Center for Student Accessibility or the 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator at any time to discuss and understand their rights under the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, and state and local legislation, and they are encouraged to do so.

The Director of the Center for Student Accessibility, Christopher Cruz Cullari , may be contacted by phone: (718) 982-2510, or email: chris.cruzcullari@csi.cuny.edu (Center for the Arts, Building 1P, Room 101).

The 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator, Danielle Dimitrov, Esq., may be contacted by phone: (718) 982-2250, or email: danielle.dimitrov@csi.cuny.edu (Building 1A, Room 103).

Current Employees

Upon initial hire, each employee is given the opportunity to self-identify as a person with a disability and to request a reasonable accommodation. The self-identification form is to be circulated annually by Human Resources to all current employees to permit the self-identification of employees who may have become disabled subsequent to initial hire.

An employee should make any initial request for accommodation to his/her immediate supervisor. Alternatively, an employee may direct his/her request to the Human Resources Director at the College. In either case, consultation between the employee's supervisor and the Human Resources Director should take place to determine whether the requested accommodation, or an alternate accommodation, is appropriate and should be implemented. Appropriate supporting documentation should be provided to the Human Resources Director. If the proffered accommodation is acceptable to the employee, the Human Resources Director should inform the 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator of the nature of the accommodation.

The Director of the Office of Human Resources, Hope Berté, may be contacted by phone: (718) 982- 2379, or email: hope.berte@csi.cuny.edu (Building 1A, Room 204).

Applicants for Employment

As part of a standard acknowledgment letter, individual applicants are to be instructed to contact the College's Human Resources Director if an accommodation is needed to participate in the application/interview process. The Human Resource Director will make arrangements with the appropriate individuals to provide a reasonable accommodation.

Visitors

Brochures/flyers announcing specific public programs should include a statement identifying the person to contact if an accommodation is needed, and the time frame, by which such a request must be made (e.g., forty-eight hours in advance). A visitor should make a request for accommodation to the designee listed on the flyer. The designee should consult with appropriate college officials to determine the feasibility of granting the requested accommodation. Such consultation shall be confidential, and limited to those officials whose input is necessary to the decision.

Review of Accommodation Requests / Decisions

Students

If a proffered accommodation is unacceptable to a student, the student may discuss the situation with the 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator who will review the matter and attempt to resolve it. If the proffered accommodation is still unacceptable, the College Compliance Coordinator will apprise the College President of the issues and the College Compliance Coordinator's recommendation. The President shall make the final decision.

Current Employees

If an employee does not agree with a proffered accommodation, the employee may discuss the situation with the 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator who will review the matter and attempt to resolve it. If the matter is not resolved, the employee may exercise any and all rights available under law without fear of retaliation. If the employee is a union member, the employee may wish to discuss this situation with his/her union representative and exercise any rights available under the collective bargaining agreement. The Compliance Coordinator will keep the President apprised of the matter.

Applicants for Employment

Applicants whose request for accommodation is denied or who do not agree with a proposed accommodation for the application/interview process will inform the Human Resource Director. The Human Resources Director will inform the 504/ADA Coordinator who will make the final decision and inform the applicant of the decision.

Visitors

If a visitor finds a proffered accommodation unacceptable, the visitor may discuss the situation with the 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator. The Compliance Coordinator shall make the final decision after consultation with the College President.