What are disabilities and what accommodations may a student receive?
A disability could be temporary or permanent, physical or mental-emotional, and visible or invisible. Some examples of disabilities that would qualify students to receive reasonable academic accommodations include recent physical injuries such as a broken arm, vision or hearing impairments, attention deficit disorders and other learning disabilities, significant anxiety or depression.
Typical accommodations include extended testing time, a smaller proctored test environment, note takers, and use of a laptop or audio recording for note taking.
What should I do if I receive an academic accommodations notice letter from the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities?
Any student with a diagnosed qualified disability should register with the NYU Moses Center for Students with Disabilities for reasonable academic accommodations. After students register and are approved for classroom accommodations, faculty members will receive a notice letter via email. When you receive the email, please follow the instructions to log onto the faculty portal, view the student’s accommodation letter, and confirm receipt. You may also view a full list of accommodation letters for your courses through the portal. For more information about using the portal, please visit the Moses Center’s online tutorials.
Exam Accommodations, Extensions, and Absences
Spring 2020: Students who have been approved for testing accommodations and request to take virtual exams are asked to consult with their faculty member directly to arrange a virtual proctoring on Examity.
For in-person exams, the student will request extended time and/or a separate testing environment through an online form. Academic Affairs will email a form to faculty to collect more information about the exam. After faculty fill out the form, Academic Affairs will reserve a room, arrange a proctor, and secure the exam from the faculty member.
If a student’s academic accommodations include (1) recommended leniency with absences or (2) recommended leniency with assignment extensions, please discuss with your student to generate a reasonable agreement on an assignment extension and/or absences. The ARC Assistant Director, Tong Jin (email@example.com) is available to help determine what is reasonable and appropriate.
What if a student requests an accommodation which I feel is not appropriate for my course?
If you have questions about a particular accommodation, please contact the Moses Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your concern.
What should I do if I suspect that a student may have a disability and might be eligible for accommodations through the Moses Center?
Disclosure of disability is a sensitive issue for many students. If the student discloses information to you which seems to indicate that a disability might be present, or if the student seems to be having difficulty with coursework or access to university facilities which is related to a more obvious disability, you can encourage the student to contact the ARC Assistant Director, Tong Jin, at email@example.com. The request for accommodations, though, must come from the student. You should include a disability disclosure statement on your syllabus. A sample syllabus statement is below.
Disability Disclosure Statement*
NYU is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for students with disabilities. It is NYU Shanghai’s policy that no student with a qualified disability be excluded from participating in any NYU Shanghai program or activity, denied the benefits of any NYU Shanghai program or activity, or otherwise subjected to discrimination with regard to any NYU Shanghai program or activity. Any student who needs a reasonable accommodation based on a qualified disability is required to register with the Moses Center for Students with Disability for assistance. Students can register online through the Moses Center and can contact NYU Shanghai's Academic Accommodations (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for assistance. Students with approved academic accommodations should discuss with their professors to generate a reasonable agreement on an assignment extension and/or absences as early as possible. Web site:
Making Classroom Materials More Accessible
Faculty can also make their digital materials, such as handouts, websites, and Powerpoints, more accessible for students. Please visit the guides for structuring documents for accessibility for tips about color contrast, headings, links, and more.