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Faculty Resources

Welcome to the Access-Ability Services Faculty resource page. 

Kingsborough Community College is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all students. In keeping with this mission, Access-Ability Services promotes a learning environment that emphasizes education, empowerment, informed participation, and equal access for students with disabilities. Faculty play an important role in creating an academic setting in which students with disabilities are full and valued participants. The purpose of this resource page is to support faculty in this role by disseminating relevant AAS and other disability-related information.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 form the foundation of post-secondary commitment to equal access. These laws protect students with disabilities from discrimination that may occur as a result of misconceptions, attitudinal barriers, and/or failure of the institution to provide appropriate accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services.

Also included in the page is information regarding the rights and responsibilities of Access-Ability Services (AAS), faculty and students as they pertain to accommodations and services for students with disabilities.

Scroll down towards the bottom and click on any one of the three blue buttons for specific information regarding how our office works (Access-Ability Services: Nuts and Bolts), how to work with students with disabilities and accommodate their specific disabilities (How to work with students with disabilities) and taking things a step further by learning assistive technology and the principles of Universal Design for Learning (How else can we help students with disabilities).

Principles of Access


Faculty members play a major role in making their classrooms accessible to all students.


It is imperative that students with disabilities, faculty members, and AAS communicate on a regular basis.


Faculty and AAS staff must respect a student's right to confidentiality.


AAS is the office designated to determine eligibility for federally mandated academic accommodations and services.

Student Responsibility:

Students are responsible for ensuring they get the necessary services.


Both faculty and AAS work together to support students in their legal right to access an education.











Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty Have The Right To:

Request verification of a student's eligibility for accommodations. Verification will be in the form of a letter of notification of accommodations written by an AAS counselor and delivered to the professor by the student. AAS is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations. (Click here to view a sample Notification of Accommodation)

Expect the student to initiate the request to use accommodations.

Expect AAS to administer exams in a secure environment, when students take their tests at AAS.

Faculty Have The Responsibility To:

            Hold students with disabilities to the same course expectations as their peers.

            Provide accommodations only to students who are registered with AAS and provide a letter of notification of accommodations.

            Act immediately upon getting a student's request for accommodations by providing the service, or by contacting AAS (if unsure about request).

            Consider structuring class according to the principles of Universal Design.

            Treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential.

PLEASE NOTE: Faculty DO NOT have the right to ask students if they have a disability or to ask about the nature of the disability. However, if students choose to disclose their disability, this information should be treated as confidential.   

Student Rights and Responsibilities

 Students Have The Right To:

            Expect all disability-related information to be treated confidentially.

            Receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner from faculty or AAS.

            Meet privately with faculty to discuss needed accommodations and any other concerns.

            Appeal decisions regarding accommodations and auxiliary aids.

Students Have The Responsibility To:

            Provide AAS with appropriate documentation of their disability.

            Self-advocate. Students may work with AAS counselors to develop advocacy skills.

            Make an appointment with the instructor to facilitate privacy when requesting accommodations.

            Initiate requests for specific accommodations in a timely manner.

            Follow procedures with faculty and AAS in order to get the appropriate accommodations.

            Notify faculty/AAS immediately when an accommodation is not being provided completely or correctly.

            Notify faculty/AAS immediately if they decide to not use an accommodation or if the accommodation is no longer needed.

            Provide for their own personal disability-related needs. For example, coordinating services of personal care attendants or acquiring homework assistance is not the responsibility of AAS.  

AAS Rights and Responsibilities

AAS Rights:

            Receive the appropriate documentation from the student prior to the services being initiated.

            Expect students and faculty to work cooperatively with AAS to facilitate academic accommodations.

            Deny unreasonable academic accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary services. Accommodations can not impose undue hardship to, or fundamentally alter, a program or activity of the college.

            Deny academic accommodations/services if appropriate documentation has not been provided.

AAS Responsibilities:

            Collect, evaluate, securely house disability documentation and determine eligibility for services.

            Treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential.

            Meet with the student privately in an accessible location to discuss disability-related needs.

            Administer exams in a secure and monitored environment.

            Provide appropriate accommodations in collaboration with the instructor and student.

            Communicate procedures clearly to the student and the faculty.

            Assist students with disabilities in understanding their strengths and functional limitations. Help them to develop the skills needed to become self-advocates. 

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