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Accessibility Services

Policies & Procedures

The mission of promoting access across campus is fulfilled by the Accessibility Services Coordinator who ensures that SUNY Niagara adheres to legal mandates stipulated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008. The intent of these laws is to ensure that individuals with disabilities at SUNY Niagara are provided with equal access to programs and services as any other student. It should be noted that the purpose of these laws is not to give students an unfair advantage, but rather to eliminate barriers – physical, attitudinal, or programmatic – that would otherwise deny students with disabilities equal access.

Accessibility Services Program Manual (DOC)

Inquiries regarding compliance with these legal mandates can be made to the Accessibility Services Coordinator, Assistance Director of Compliance, or the ADA Coordinator. Any information pertaining to disabilities will be confidential and will not affect a student’s admission to the College.

Confidentiality of Student Records

Documentation is housed in a locked cabinet in the office of the Accessibility Services Coordinator. Once a student is officially registered for services, their documentation is scanned into an electronic record and the paper file is destroyed. Documentation is not released without express permission/request from the student. For more information on our Policies and Procedures, please refer to our Accessibility Services Program Manual.

Know Your Rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers both public and private universities; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) covers federally funded programs and services; and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) covers student housing and dormitories. However, both the ADA and Section 504 cover most postsecondary institutions, and all three laws may apply to student housing.

Students and families are encouraged to review the following resources regarding the legal differences between high school and postsecondary education (college/university):

Grievance Procedure

The complainant is encouraged although not required to first proceed with informal resolutions. The informal resolution procedure can be found in the Accessibility Service Program Manual on this page.

The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a person from filing a complaint of discrimination based on disability with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.


Accessibility Services
Phone: 716-614-6728
Fax: 716-614-6819
Location: A-167