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Philosophy Students with an Illness or Disability: FAQs

What should I do if I have an illness or disability that requires me to request an extension for a Term Paper deadline?

You have three options:

1.     You can contact the professor leading the course to request an extension. (Sometimes the professor may ask you to provide a medical note, though this is unusual for a term paper. Any medical information that you disclose will be kept confidential, unless disclosure is both necessary and agreed to by you.)

2.     You can contact the EO (Executive Officer), who will liaise on your behalf with the professor teaching your course.

3.     If you would prefer not to share your medical information directly with any philosophy faculty, you can contact the Student Affairs Office, where student disability services are housed, and request that they mediate for you.

Phone: 212-817-7400

Email: disabilityservices@gc.cuny.edu

Room: 7301

 

What should I do if I have an illness or disability that requires me to request an extension for a Qualifying Paper deadline?

Again, you have three options:

1.     You can contact the Qualifying Paper Coordinator to request an extension. (The QPC will then liaise with the Executive Officer, whose authority is required to grant QP extensions.) A medical letter, if applicable, is normally requested. Any medical information that you disclose will be kept confidential, unless disclosure is both necessary and agreed to by you.

2.     You can contact the EO (Executive Officer) directly, who will liaise with the QPC.

3.     If you would prefer not to share your medical information directly with any philosophy faculty, you can contact the Student Affairs Office, where student disability services are housed, and request that they mediate for you.

Phone: 212-817-7400

Email: disabilityservices@gc.cuny.edu

Room: 7301

 

Can I submit documentation of my illness or disability in advance, so that I can minimize what I need to do at a time when I may be struggling?

You may submit documentation of your illness or disability at any time, though be aware that in some cases, depending on the circumstances, you may be asked to submit a further medical letter covering a specific period in order to secure a deadline extension. Advance documentation may be submitted to:

1.     The Executive Officer (EO)

2.     The Student Affairs Office, where student disability services are housed:

Phone: 212-817-7400

Email: disabilityservices@gc.cuny.edu

Room: 7301

Please note that submitting information in advance is entirely optional—it has no effect on whether or not an extension is granted. The option is merely offered in case you find it helpful for your own planning.
 

General Information: Services for Students with a Disability

The provision of student disability services is a function of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (the Student Affairs office). The mission of Student Affairs disability services is to provide and support equal access to all programs, services, and activities of the Graduate Center and the University for Graduate Center students with disabilities.

A disability is any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she has the disability, has a record of the disability, or is regarded as having the disability. Non-discriminatory, or equal, access for students with disabilities is achieved through a process of accommodation. It is the policy of the Graduate Center and CUNY to provide auxiliary aids and services and to make appropriate academic accommodations needed by students with disabilities.

 

The Graduate Center Student Handbook, 

https://www.gc.cuny.edu/CUNY_GC/media/CUNY-Graduate-Center/PDF/Publications/Student_Handbook_web.pdf

provides examples of the types of accommodations coordinated by the Student Affairs office that may be appropriate for a given disability. For academic activities, non-discriminatory equal access is achieved through a variety of accommodations, including academic modifications and auxiliary aids and services. Types of accommodations include auxiliary aids and services for students with visual impairments (readers/library assistants and such technology as adaptive computer software and hardware, etc.); qualified sign-language interpreters; CART; scribes; extended or divided time on examinations for students with learning disabilities or reduced physical stamina; adjustments in course load when appropriate; voice recognition software; use of a computer for exams; and recording classes. Student Affairs works closely with faculty and the academic program offices to arrange for accommodated exam administration and other types of academic modifications. Assistive Technology aids and services are coordinated by Student Affairs in collaboration with the GC’s Information Technology services as well as with CUNY’s Assistive Technology Services office.

The process of accommodation usually starts with contacting the Student Affairs office and discussing needs and possible accommodations. Documentation appropriate to the requested accommodations is required to be provided to the Student Affairs office and is kept on file and not shared with any faculty by Student Affairs unless necessary and agreed to by the student.

The Vice President for Student Affairs is the 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator (Room 7301; (212) 817-7400). For more information and to request accommodations, contact Elise Perram in the Student Affairs office (212-817-7400 or disabilityservices@gc.cuny.edu ) and see “Services for Students with Disabilities” in the Graduate Center Student Handbook link above.

 
 

Contact Us

 

Philosophy Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Ave., Rm. 7113
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-817-8615
philosophy@gc.cuny.edu
 
Executive Officer: Prof. Nickolas Pappas
Deputy Executive Officer: Prof. John Greenwood
Director of Admissions: Prof. Jesse Prinz
Director of Placement: Prof. Stephen Neale
Assistant Program Officer: Natile Clarke