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Westchester Office of Disability Services

Academic Accommodation Request Process

In order to request academic accommodations through the Office of Disability Services (ODS) on the Westchester Campus, you must self-identity to ODS by contacting our office at (914) 773-3710.

Determining accommodations is an interactive process between you (the student), ODS and other relevant parties (as determined by ODS) and reviewing your request may take at least two weeks to process once all materials have been submitted, so please contact our office in a timely manner.

Please utilize the following checklist to guide you through the registration process:

1. Collect all necessary documentation of your disability (see documentation requirements below). It can be helpful to send the documentation to our office ahead of your intake appointment, but it is not required to initiate the process. If you have any questions about the documentation required, please reach out to us as soon as possible.

2. Call the ODS at (914) 773-3710 to schedule your disability intake appointment. We recommend that you schedule your intake as soon as possible, as even with all required documentation in place, the process can take up to two weeks to arrange your accommodations.

3. Attend your intake appointment and provide the required documentation. At this intake appointment, you will be asked to complete an online demographic form and then meet with an ODS staff member to provide background information regarding your accommodation request(s) and review how your accommodations are implemented at Pace. At the end of our appointment, you will be provided with a personalized checklist outlining any remaining steps in the process of registration and how to implement your accommodations.

4. If you have any questions regarding the accommodation request process, please see the contact information below:

Contact Information

Elisse Geberth
Associate Director, Office of Disability Services
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York 10570
Phone: (914) 773-3710
Fax: (914) 773-3639
Email: egeberth@pace.edu

Lisa Ciccone, LMSW
Coordinator of Disability Services
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York 10570
Phone: (914) 773-3710
Fax: (914) 773-3639
Email: lciccone@pace.edu
 

Documentation Requirements

If you are requesting academic accommodations such as extended time for exams, note-taking services, etc., you must provide ODS with documentation for review. Documentation requirements vary depending on the type of disability (i.e. accommodation requests for learning disabilities generally require psycho-educational evaluations that are no more than 5 years old). If you have any questions regarding the required documentation, please contact ODS staff via the contact information listed above. Documentation can be submitted by fax, scan, email, mailed to the office, or by delivering it to the office in person. It is strongly recommended to submit documentation before scheduling an appointment and please note that it may take up to two weeks to review the documentation.

If you do not already have documentation of your disability, you may ask your clinician to complete the Professional Disability Assessment Questionnaire for General Academic Accommodations or the Professional Disability Assessment Questionnaire for Housing Accommodations, found below. Alternatively, the medical provider may submit a letter with the required information.


Updating Accommodations Each Semester

Undergraduate and (non-Law) Graduate students who are registered with ODS must update academic accommodation memos each semester via our online form. We strongly recommends that students submit this form within the first two weeks of the semester. If you have already made a letter request for the semester, please contact our office and provide the new professor and course information and we will amend your memo.

Law students must update their academic accommodations once a year in the spring semester. We also strongly recommend that you submit your form in the beginning of the spring semester, rather than wait until right before final exams.


Housing Accommodation Request Process

General Information

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) encourages timeliness in submitting requests for housing accommodations. It is strongly recommended that students who wish to request housing accommodations, submit their completed request packets according to the following timeline: Continuing Students to the University with an existing accommodation should have the renewal process completed before room selection starts for the upcoming academic year.

  • Fall 2018 - The process of registering with the Office of Disability Services and being granted the housing accommodation must be completed by March 30, 2018.

New Students to the University should start this process as soon as they are accepted to the University.

  • Fall 2018 - The process of registering with the Office of Disability Services and being granted the housing accommodation must be completed by June 15, 2018.

Transfer students: Upon admission and acceptance to the university

Students requesting a housing accommodation must be eligible to live in university housing, which includes submitting a general housing application and deposit. Please go to the Westchester Housing website for complete information regarding general application and deposit deadlines.

For housing-related questions, please contact Residential Life.

Nilam Kotadia
Associate Director, Office of Residential Life & Housing
Phone: (914) 597-8777
Email: nkotadia@pace.edu