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Disability Services

Disability Services, through the Office of Student Affairs, is a service for currently registered New College students.

It is the mission of Student Disability Services (SDS) to create and maintain an environment on the New College campus that recognizes and supports students with disabilities by assuring them equal access to all educational opportunities. There is a legal imperative for this mission, embodied in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

SDS offers a range of services to students including reasonable accommodations, referrals to campus and community services, advocacy and auxiliary aids. These services are designed to support the students’ participation in all programs and activities offered at New College. Services are individually designed and based on the specific needs of each student as identified and documented by SDS.

In order to be eligible for disability related services, students are required to register and provide documentation of their disability through the SDS. If special accommodations are necessary, the student will be assisted in the development and implementation of the plan. The process is intended to coordinate efforts with faculty members and college staff while maintaining privacy for the student.

Click here for a Definition of a Disability


Students may request services by completing the Student Disability Services Registration Form, and providing documentation of their disability in accordance with the Disability Documentation Requirements.

Students seeking to continue accommodations are also required to meet with Student Disability Services at the beginning of each semester to renew registration and plan classroom accommodations for their new classes. Students are expected to participate in the development of reasonable accommodations for their classes and are responsible for meeting with their faculty at the beginning of each semester, to plan for the implementation of the accommodations that have been approved for that class. The office of SDS is available to assist and act as an advocate for the student as needed in this process.

SDS will provide notification to appropriate faculty, advisors and staff. Recommended accommodations are effective from the date of approval, apply only to the current school term and are not retroactive. Participation by the student is voluntary and services can be ended upon request by the student.

Click here for Disability FAQs for Prospective Students

Additional Opportunities

Reasonable Accommodations

Student Disability Services offers reasonable accommodations to students who need them.

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Connect with Student Disability Services

Have a question or a concern? Call us.

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Student Resources

See resources available for students with disabilities.

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Faculty Syllabus Statement

Any student who, because of a documented disability, may require special arrangements and/or accommodations, should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary arrangements. Students must present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please note that instructors are NOT permitted to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided.

For additional information, please visit Student Disability Services in HCL 3 and/or email

Guide to Disability Laws.