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DSS Guidefor Faculty and Staff

Disability Support Services for Students
Learning Center
Reed Library, Fourth Floor
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 672-3270
Fax (716) 673-3801

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These two pieces of legislation which protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities have essential components that address the nondiscriminatory treatment of students with disabilities in postsecondary institutions. It is illegal for an institution to deny access to programs and services to individuals with disabilities.

The office of Disability Support Services for Students is responsible for coordinating the needs of students with disabilities attending the State University of New York at Fredonia. By law, postsecondary institutions are required to respond to the needs of individuals with disabilities taking part in college sponsored programs or activities.


There is no special admissions category for students with disabilities applying to Fredonia. Students are admitted using the same admissions procedures for non-disabled students. After students have been admitted and choose to self identify a disability, the DSS office will assist with coordinating needed accommodations. Any questions concerning policy and procedure for admissions should be directed to that office, 673-3251.


The following are types of academic accommodations provided to students with disabilities while enrolled at Fredonia. Services for students with disabilities are not limited to what is listed below. Student needs are evaluated on an individual basis.

  • extended time for exams
  • reduced-distraction environment
  • to take exams
  • special seating in classroom
  • notetaking
  • taping lectures
  • taped textbook
  • exam reader
  • exam scribe
  • computer use for exams
  • use of spellchecker or spelling consideration
  • specialized tutoring
  • assistive technology: computers and specialized equipment

SYLLABI Statement

The DSS office strongly recommends that the following language be included on syllabi in order to ensure that all students are aware of the services available:

Reasonable accommodations are available to students with documented disabilities at Fredonia. Students who may require instructional and/or examination accommodations should contact the office of Disability Support Services for Students (DSS), located on the 4th Floor of the Reed Library (716-673-3270 or The DSS coordinator will review documentation and determine accommodations on a case-by-case basis. DSS will notify me with an accommodation letter which verifies that you have registered with the DSS office and which describes any accommodations approved for you. After you have met with the DSS coordinator, please contact me so that we can discuss any needed accommodations.

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