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academic adjustments, "a recipient ... shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that no
handicapped student is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise
subjected to discrimination ... because of absence of educational auxiliary aids for students with
impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills" (34 Code of Federal Regulations, paragraph


The concept of academic adjustments is not aimed at giving students with disabilities undue
special advantages in order to help them pass, nor does it require that they be graded on a
different scale from their classmates; it requires educational access and opportunity, not a
guarantee of success.

A student qualifies for disability services at Cornell when the student provides current
documentation of the disability from a medical doctor (M.D.), educational or school
psychologist (Ph.D.), or other individual licensed by the state of origin to diagnose learning or
physical disabilities, to the Office of Academic Support and Advising, where it is placed on file as
a confidential record. Cornell College reserves the right to determine what constitutes
appropriate documentation. The student must also request appropriate accommodation from
the instructor of each course within the first three days of each Block.

More information about accommodations for students with learning disabilities is available on
the Cornell web site under "Disability Services."

Academic Advisor

Cornell students and faculty have a long tradition of working closely together both in and out of
the classroom, and this friendly and mutually beneficial association continues to be a vital part
of a Cornell education. When possible, entering students are assigned an academic advisor on
the basis of the interests indicated in the admissions application, but Cornell advisors are
qualified, whatever their teaching disciplines, to assist new students in preparing for any of the
degree programs and majors in the College. Advisors are useful sources of information about
many things, including College regulations and programs, career planning, and adjusting to
Cornell. Students should always feel free to discuss their thoughts and concerns with their
advisors and are expected to inform their advisors as soon as they encounter a problem.
Advisors are able to refer students to administrators or faculty who can provide good advice and

effective assistance, especially when given sufficient time.

Students who wish to change advisors may do so at any time by conferring with the Coordinator
of Academic Support and Advising. Normally students remain with their first advisor until they
declare their degree program and major(s) in their sophomore year. At this time they either
select an advisor in each of their major departments or are assigned major advisors by the
department chairs. If a student has more than one advisor, the student must indicate to the
Registrar which of them is to be their principal advisor. The principal advisor is the person who
will register the student, receive all academic information about the student, and endorse any
petitions the student may file.

If for any reason a faculty or staff member ceases to be a student's advisor, the student, in order

to remain enrolled and to receive credit for any work in progress, must secure another advisor

and record the change in the Registrar's Office. Students may not register without the approval

of their academic advisor. The Academic Standing Committee will not consider a petition unless

it is endorsed by the student's academic advisor.

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