Disability Services and Resources
Cornell College is committed to being an exciting place of learning and discovery for all of its students and strives to provide equal educational opportunities to students with disabilities. Please contact the disabilities services coordinator with any questions or concerns.
Cornell College offers a variety of services and resources to help students succeed and, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Cornell faculty and staff members work closely with students who have documented disabilities requiring accommodation to ensure access to the College’s programs, activities and services.
The Coordinator of Academic Support and Advising is the designated office at Cornell College that maintains disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, and determines reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
If you are an admitted student looking for how to provide documentation to start the accommodation approval process, please fill out the "Apply for Disability Accommodations" form within your Enrollment Checklist through Admissions.
Students who need accommodations for learning, mental health, or physical disabilities must provide documentation from a professional qualified to diagnose the disability. The documentation must be specific about what accommodations are recommended. See Documentation Guidelines.
This documentation should consist of a current report or evaluation prepared by an appropriate professional. The documentation must:
- Specify a particular medical diagnosis, including when the diagnosis was made and the likely duration of the condition;
- Describe in detail the student's functional limitations created by the diagnosis; and
- Indicate accommodations recommended for the student, along with explanations as to why these accommodations would be useful. Evaluators are encouraged to include appropriate medical reports, relevant medical history, test results, and any other records or data appropriate to assist the provision of appropriate accommodations.
Students requesting services may schedule a meeting with the disabilities services coordinator as early as possible to discuss their needs and develop an individualized accommodation plan. This meeting can happen as soon as the student has committed to attending Cornell College.
At the beginning of each course, the student must notify the instructor within the first three days of the term of any accommodations needed for the duration of the course by requesting an accommodation letter from the Coordinator of Academic Support and Advising, which will be emailed to both the student and the instructor. The student then must discuss the accommodations outlined in the letter with the instructor to finalize how they will be implemented. Accommodations are not applied retroactively, so please have them in place at the beginning of each course.
If you are traveling abroad, please see the Disabilities Services Coordinator at least a month before you leave campus to make sure accommodations are arranged or alternatives are arranged if there is an unusual situation involved with the location. We do not promise that accommodations can be made outside of the U.S., but if they are reasonable, we will try to make them available to students traveling with Cornell as part of a block course.
If you have are on the autism spectrum or are experiencing a high amount of anxiety about transitioning to living on-campus, please check out the QuickStart page for information about our one day program prior to New Student Orientation.
We look forward to working with you. Please feel free to contact the disabilities services coordinator at any time if you have questions concerning disability services.