General Contact Information
Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010-5585
135 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.
For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.
From: David Christy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
It is very important that students be reminded in each of their classes of the College's commitment to ensuring full access to its programs for all students.
Please convey this message early in the semester. This memo includes general information for members of the faculty and a sample script that you may read aloud. Additionally, we are providing a brief statement that you might wish to put on your syllabus or on your BlackBoard site. (You can find this memo and both texts in the on-line Faculty Handbook: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/Disabilities_Provostsmemo.htm)
General Information for Faculty Members
It is the policy of Baruch College to provide auxiliary aids and services and to make appropriate academic accommodations needed by students with disabilities without compromising the content of courses or academic standards. The student must provide documentation of a disability to the Director or Assistant Director of The Disability Office who will determine whether or not the student has a disability and what accommodations are appropriate and reasonable. This is conveyed in an accommodation form memo that the student gives to you from the office. If the student informs you that he/she has a disability and has not been to The Disability Office, please refer the student to the office. Providing accommodations is usually simple. A few examples of such possible academic accommodations are extended or divided time for taking an examination, as might be required for a student who has a learning disability or for whom physical stamina is reduced (for example, because of AIDS, chemotherapy or other illnesses); use of a computer or other auxiliary aids during an examination; audio recording of classes; provision of note takers; facing the class when there is a student who is hard of hearing. It is best if the professor or the department provides the accommodations. However, there will be times; i.e., when the student needs assistive technology that the professor will need the assistance of The Disability Office to administer the examination.
If you are unable or unwilling to provide an accommodation which has been listed on the student’s “accommodation form”, please be sure to discuss your concerns with Barbara Sirois or Lillian Shmulevich in order find a solution. Any student who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on a disability may file a complaint with Kieran Morrow, the College Affirmative Action Officer and 504/ADA Coordinator (646-312-4542).
Please note that students who are pregnant also must receive reasonable accommodations: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/documents/Pregnant_Parenting_Students.pdf
Faculty who have questions about the reasonable accommodations process for students should consult with Barbara Sirois, Director of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, or Lillian Shmulevich, Assistant Director, in the Newman Vertical Campus 2-271, (646) 312-4590.
Script for Announcement in Class:
At Baruch, we provide reasonable accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities. We strive to ensure that no student with a disability is discriminated against and that none is denied participation in college programs and activities for lack of auxiliary aids or other accommodations. Some people think that a disability has to be visible to be accommodated. This is not the case. There are many disabilities – diabetes, psychological illness, learning disabilities, AIDS, seizure disorders, arthritis, etc, which require accommodations. Examples of accommodations are extended time for examinations for students with learning disabilities or illness, reduced stamina for students who take medication, which reduces processing speed; adaptive equipment for students with a variety of disabilities; audio recording of classes.
It is best to speak with me as soon as possible so that you can receive the appropriate accommodations. I am available to discuss these matters confidentially with any of you before or after this class or during my office hours, which are indicated on the syllabus. If any of you are unsure about your situation, please consult with the staff at the Office of Disability Services, located at One Bernard Baruch Way, 2-271, 646-312-4590. The Office provides confidentially pursuant to federal law.
Possible text for Syllabus or BlackBoard Site:
Students with disabilities may receive assistance and reasonable accommodations to enable them to participate fully and equally in courses at Baruch College. To establish the accommodations appropriate for each student, please alert your instructor to your needs and contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. For more information contact Ms. Barbara Sirois, Director or Lillian Shmulevich, Assistant Director of this office in B2‑271 or at (646) 312‑4590.
For additional information: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/DisabilitiesInformation.htm
Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President
Baruch College, CUNY
646-660-6504 (phone); 646-660-6531 (fax)