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Be sure to review our PDF iconFaculty Guide, designed just for you!

Faculty ACCESSibility Toolkit
March 30, 2020

Download the Faculty ACCESSibility Toolkit here that will assist you with your students and transitioning to Online Classes. 

Referring a Student For Services
When a student appears to be displaying academic difficulties which are not congruent with the perceived ability of the student, you may question whether there is a possible disability present. However you should not make any statements to the student which could be perceived to be either a diagnosis or a presumption of fact.
Instead, we suggest letting the student know that there are a number of resources available to them at Mercy College including tutoring services through the Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation, counseling services through the Counseling Center, and accommodations through ACCESS. Be sure to give the student our contact information.
If a Student Discloses A Disability

Provide the student with the contact information for The Office of ACCESSibility.


Office of ACCESSibility

Phone: (914) 674-7764

Fax: (914)-674-7852 



Email The Office of ACCESSibility at .

Include the student’s name and CWID number
Provide an overview/ summary of interaction/ disclosure
Let the student know someone from The Office of ACCESSibility will be reaching out to them


Universal Design of Learning – UDL

Universal Design of Learning – UDL

A framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm from learning. Provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.

Syllabus Statement

As per the Provost's Office, it is required that all syllabi contain the the following statement for students with disabilities. Additionally, please be sure to make this announcement to the class on the first day. In this way, faculty can help facilitate success for students by increasing awareness of a vital campus resource

"Mercy College is committed to achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of ACCESSibility before the semester begins to learn about the different accommodations available and the process for obtaining reasonable accommodation(s). Please contact the Office at (914) 674-7764, or visit our website at"

Forms to Expect from Students
Accommodation Memorandum
  • Any student who has registered with ACCESS will present you with an Accommodation Memo like this: PDF iconAccommodation Memorandum Sample.pdf
  • The memo is valid only for the semester listed
  • To receive accommodations, a student must present you with this form. The memo lists the student's approved accommodations. This memo lets you know what accommodations you legally have to provide the student.
  • When presented with the memo it is typically a good time to have or set up a private meeting to discuss their accommodations and what impact it will have on course work and exams.
  • If you need additional information about the accommodations listed, please contact ACCESS at

Proctor Request Form

  • For students who are approved to receive extra time on exams in a separate location, the student will submit this form to you at least one week before the scheduled exam.
  • Please complete it fully. ACCESS cannot schedule a proctor without all of the necessary information.
  • It is the student's responsibility to provide this form to you and return the completed form to the appropriate campus testing office
  • The form is available on our website. You may access it here: PDF iconPROCTOR REQUEST FORM
Contact Us

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Dobbs Ferry campus. We are also available in the Bronx Mondays and Tuesdays 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM, and New Rochelle Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. We are also available at any campus or location by appointment.

For questions, appointments, or sending in documentation:

Visit us in Main Hall, Room 121 (Dobbs Ferry Campus)

Call us: (914) 674-7764

Fax documents: (914) 674-7852

Email us: