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:

At the Start of the Semester

  1. Submit a "Request for Academic Accommodation Letters" form to SSD each semester in which academic accommodations for equal access are needed. You may either complete the pink form available in our office or the online version of the form at our website. 
  2. Our secretary will e-mail you when your official accommodation letters are signed and ready for you to pick up from her. You must present a photo I.D. to receive your letters.
  3. You will then need to meet with your professors during an office hour appointment, give them the accommodation letters, and discuss your accommodations.
  4. We strongly recommend that these meetings with your professors take place during the first two weeks of the semester. At the very least, however, you must give your letters to your professors a week prior to an exam to allow them time to make any alternate testing arrangements.
  5. If your accommodations involve testing accommodations, you should communicate with your professors one week prior to each exam to confirm the plans for accommodations on the upcoming test.  By taking active responsibility for keeping track of your test accommodation needs and routinely providing your professors with friendly reminders sufficiently in advance of the test dates, you demonstrate mutual respect, facilitate a smooth working relationship, and exert more effective control over your academic endeavors.

Things to Remember

  1. You must report on time for a scheduled exam. Consequences for late arrival may include a shorter testing session and the possibility that you not be able to take your exam if the proctor is unavailable.
  2. If you and the professor agree to an un-proctored, honor-based testing location, you understand that unauthorized individuals are not to be present in the room during the exam.
  3. You agree to follow the Student Academic Honesty Code as listed in the student handbook.
  4. If you have been instructed to work directly with our office for assistance with test scribes, test readers, or use of laptop computers, you must contact the Assistant to the Director at least one week prior to a scheduled exam in which this assistance is needed.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your accommodations, promptly contact the SSD office at 607-777-2686 or by stopping by the office (University Union room 119).

If you are contacted by a SSD staff member, please respond promptly.

Students Authorized to Record Audio

Students authorized to make an audio recording of class lectures, discussions, or tutoring sessions for later review agree that this accommodation is for their own personal study and promise not to share or use it for any other purposes.

Sharing, copying, or reproducing a digital recording without consent of the professor and other individuals on the recording is considered a violation of the student code of conduct and may result in severe penalties.

Students Authorized for Notetaker Support

  1. You must meet with the Assistant to the Director to establish notetaker support services.
  2. You must attend every class for which you are receiving note taker services. You are not entitled to notes for classes or portions of classes that you do not attend.
  3. The SSD office reserves the right to contact a student's professors to clarify attendance.

Notes are for your own study purposes. They are not to be shared, copied, or given to others.

If you are experiencing difficulties with the note taker accommodation, you should promptly contact the Assistant to the Director for help with resolving any difficulty.

Students Authorized to Receive Sign Language Interpreter or Captioning Services

  1. You must submit your request(s) for academic accommodation letters to SSD as soon as you have registered for classes.
  2. You must 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 captioner has been scheduled. Excessive "no-shows" or repeated failure to cancel without advance notice may result in a suspension of services pending a meeting with the SSD Director.

 Questions or concerns regarding the nature or provision of academic accommodations should be addressed with a professional within the SSD office. (Phone: 777-2686, Location: UU-119)


Last Updated: 7/27/15