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Accessibility Resources & Services: Student Disability Services: Mission, Non-Discriminatory Policy

A resource guide for library accessibility and assistive technology available at the City College of New York.

AAC/Student Disability Services: MISSION

Mission Statement

The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS) ensures full participation and meaningful access to all of The City College of New York's (CCNY) services, programs, and activities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The Amendments Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and other applicable Federal, State, and local non-discrimination laws.  AAC/SDS accomplishes this goal through the coordination and implementation of academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and support services for students with disabilities.  The Center actively works toward full inclusion and the removal of access barriers in policies, procedures, and practices.  AAC/SDS engages in increasing disability awareness among members of CCNY community through workshops, trainings, and the dissemination of literature. 

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AAC/Student Disability Services: NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

The City College of New York Non-Discriminatory Policy

The City College of New York and The City University of New York are committed to addressing discrimination complaints promptly, consistently and fairly. Any City College employee, student, applicant for admission or employment or other participant in the College's programs or activities who believes he or she has been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status may file a complaint in writing with the Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance, and Diversity using the Discrimination Complaint Form, by e-mail to the Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Diana Cuozzo,, or by stopping in the Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance, and Diversity in Shepard Hall, Room 109. Diana Cuozzo is the interim 504/ADA Coordinator. Ms. Cuozzo is charged with ensuring that college programs, policies and procedures comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities. She is reachable by phone at 212.650.6310, or in person in Shepard Hall, Room 109.

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Confidentiality Statement

AAC/SDS is committed to ensuring the protection and maintenance of student records.  All student records housed in the AAC/SDS are considered both HIPAA and FERPA protected since they contain educational and medical/psychological information. AAC/SDS staff will not release information related to disability unless a registered student with a disability has given informed consent, the AAC/SDS receives a court order to release student records, or if the AAC/SDS determines the student is a threat to their own safety or the safety of others. AAC/SDS has its own file management system, both paper and electronic, that has restricted access to AAC/SDS staff.  Grievances filed on disability issues permit relevant information as it pertains to the complaint to be released to the necessary parties (i.e., VP of Student Affairs, 504/ADA Coordinator).  Within CCNY, accommodation data is released by the AAC/SDS staff on a "need-to-know" basis, in order to remove barriers for equal access purposes.  General student records that CCNY staff and faculty have access to do not disclose disability status, registration, or accommodations; thus, transcripts and schedules will not demarcate this confidential information. AAC/SDS is part of Health and Wellness, and housed within the Division of Student Affairs

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