The office of Disability Support Services at LIU Post collaborates with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to all programs, services, and facilities on the LIU Post campus as well as LIU's regional campuses.
Disability Support Services works with the students with disabilities and the LIU community to create an accessible and supportive environment. Based on appropriate documentation, DSS assists students in securing the necessary accommodations from academic departments and, if needed, other offices.
The office of Disability Support Services, which is located in the Learning Support Center, can be reached at 516-299-3057.
In compliance with federal and state laws, LIU Post is committed to providing qualified individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in all University programs and activities, curricular and co-curricular, which are available to non-disabled individuals.
Students with disabilities who desire accommodations must submit appropriate documentation of their disability to the office of Disability Support Services located in the Learning Support Center. Professional staff will review and evaluate this documentation, interview the student, and provide the student with completed Accommodations Forms for presentation to the teaching faculty. Accommodations Forms must be obtained each semester, before the semester begins. DSS files are confidential.
Academic accommodations are provided to students with disabilities by their individual professors within the academic departments. Accommodations will be considered reasonable when they do not fundamentally alter the nature of a program, course, or service or present an undue administrative burden on the University. Students requesting accommodations are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Appropriate medical documentation of the disability must be provided so that DSS can:
Disability documentation must include a written evaluation from a physician, psychologist, or other qualified specialist that establishes the nature and extent of the disability and includes the basis for the diagnosis and the dates of testing. The documentation must establish the current need for an accommodation.
Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the needs of the student, and the course standards. The determination of an appropriate and reasonable accommodation is based on approved documentation and through interaction with the student. Specifically, accommodations are determined by DSS in consultation with the student and with input, as needed, from the faculty and staff.
In reviewing the specific accommodation requested by the student or recommended by the physician/evaluator, DSS may find that while a recommendation is clinically supported, it is not the most appropriate accommodation given the requirements of a particular student's academic program. In addition, DSS may propose clinically supported accommodations that would be appropriate and useful for the student, but which neither the student nor the evaluator have requested. Campus departments will be notified, as necessary, of the need for additional accommodations noted in the student's documentation.
The University reserves the right to deny services or accommodations in the event the request is not clinically supported. If the documentation provided by a student does not support the existence of a disability or the need for a requested accommodation, the student will be so advised. Students will be given the opportunity to supplement the initial documentation with further information from a physician, psychologist, or other specialist.
The University is not required to provide an accommodation that compromises the essential requirements of a course or program, or that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of the student or others.
A student who disagrees with a DSS determination of eligibility or accommodation is encouraged to meet with the director of the Learning Support Center to resolve the matter informally. Students may appeal the denial of the DSS determination to the Associate Provost for Student Success.
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