Disability Services

Stevens Institute of Technology is dedicated to providing appropriate accommodations to students with documented disability. SCADS works with undergraduate and graduate students with learning disabilities, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, and psychiatric disorders in order to help students achieve their academic and personal potential. We facilitate equal access to the educational programs and opportunities offered at Stevens and coordinate reasonable accommodations for eligible students. Our services are designed to encourage independence and self-advocacy, backed by support from our staff. Please follow our step-by-step process below on how to receive accommodations.

Step 1...

Self-Identification

It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to identify himself/herself and request appropriate accommodations. Students currently attending Stevens or accepted to Stevens can accomplish this by scheduling an appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator located in the Student Counseling and Disability Services Center. Self-identification initiates the process for receiving accommodations for a disability.

Step 2...

Documentation

1. In order to obtain accommodations, the student must provide documentation of disability that describes the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations that will be requested.

2. A qualified professional trained to diagnose and treat the impairment leading to the disability, who is not a family member of the student, must prepare the documentation. It must not be altered. It should be typed and printed on the letterhead. 

3. Documentation should include (if appropriate):

a. A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
b. A description of the diagnostic criteria and or diagnostic test(s) used and a report on the findings of the testing including test scores.
c. A description of the current level of functioning and/or the functional impact of the disability on a major life activity or activities.
d. Treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.
e. Specific recommendations of accommodations or academic adjustments considered appropriate at the college level with supporting test results.
f. A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time.

Step 3...

Accommodations Approval Letter

Once appropriate documentation has been received, the Disability Services Coordinator will email the student an approval letter. Alternatively, the student will be notified if additional documentation is required. The Disability Coordinator will facilitate the provision of accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Academic accommodations are provided at no cost to the student. If you have any questions please contact:

Lauren Poleyeff, Psy.M., LCSW
Diability Services Coordinator 
Staff Clinician
T (201) 216-8728
F (201) 216-5629

*All documentation can be sent via fax or email lpoleyef@stevens.edu

Step 4...

Faculty Contact Form

After receiving the approval letter, the student must complete a Faculty Contact Form for Disability Accommodations (see in resources/forms). This form with provide the Disability Services Coordinator with email addresses of the faculty members or others she/he wish to be contacted regarding accommodations. Each semester for which the student desires accommodations, the student must complete this form to receive accommodations. Requests for accommodations must be made in a reasonable time frame. This will ensure that arrangements can be made to provide the accommodations or services.

The Disabilty Services Coordinator will approve accommodations for each semester based on documented need(s). An approved accommodation will not be provided if it is determined that it jeopardizes the integrity of the particular course. Stevens Institute of Technology makes every effort to accommodate students with documented disabilities. Students, however, must meet all academic requirements of the their courses and programs.


 

Disability Services Confidentiality Policy

Student Disability Files are kept separate from academic files and are stored in a secure location within the office of Student Counseling, Psychological & Disability Services. The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34CFR, Part 99) regulates disclosure of disability documentation and records maintained by Stevens Disability Services. According to this act, prior written consent by the student is required before our Disability Services office may release disability documentation or records to anyone. An exception is made in unusual circumstances, such as the case of health and safety emergencies.