Student Resources

What is disability?

A disability may 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.

What is the process for requesting academic accommodations?

Any student who needs reasonable academic accommodations based on a diagnosed qualified disability is required to register with the NYU Moses Center for Student Accessibility. After registering, a Moses Center's disability specialist will reach out to the student to identify effective academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services that facilitate equitable access to programs and services for students with disabilities. Then, the NYU Shanghai Academic Accommodations Team will have an individual orientation with the student and arrange exam accommodations. Both the Moses Center and the NYU Shanghai Academic Accommodations Team are happy to discuss any questions or concerns with students.

Examples of academic accommodations include:

  1. Extended time on in-class timed exams, in-class timed assignments, and out of class timed exams
  2. Smaller proctored testing environment
  3. Permission to use laptop in class to take notes
  4. Permission to take reasonable breaks in class when disability is exacerbated


To request and register for academic accommodations for the first time, please follow the process below:

  1. Start an application for academic accommodations on the Moses Center’s Online Portal. You may upload any medical documentation or diagnosis to support your application. However, supporting documentation is not required to complete the online intake.
  2. Once the online application is received, a disability specialist from the Moses Center will contact you to schedule a meeting. The disability specialist may ask you to send documentation (or bring to the registration meeting) in order to get a better understanding of your disability and accommodation needs. All supplemental materials requested during the meeting should be emailed to Global Liaison, Bridget Betts, at bcb4@nyu.edu. In the email, please copy the Moses Center at mosescsd@nyu.edu.
  3. If your request is approved, you can then request accommodation letters on the Moses Center’s Online Portal to have your accommodation letters sent to your professors.
  4. If you are approved for exam accommodations, you can request exam accommodations by filling out the Exam Accommodations Request Form. (Spring 2020 Only: Students taking virtual exams should consult with your professor directly to arrange a virtual proctoring on Examity.)

Note: Students are required to discuss their approved academic accommodations with their professors, especially in regards to extended time on assignments, reasonable breaks in class, etc.

Returning Students: If you have an accommodation approved through the academic year or through graduation, please request your accommodation letters for the upcoming semester's classes via the Moses Center Portal. If your accommodation has expired and you would like to request accommodations for the upcoming semester, please contact Bridget Betts at the Moses Center.

Study Away Students: NYU Shanghai students who are studying away can connect to accessibility resources both at the Moses Center and their global site. Each global site has a global academic liaison who is responsible for implementing academic accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your site’s global academic liaison or the Moses Center.

Students Studying Abroad at NYU Shanghai: We are also eager to support students from other campuses who are studying at NYU Shanghai. If you are studying at NYU Shanghai, please follow the process above for requesting academic accommodations.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact the NYU Shanghai Academic Accommodations Team with any questions or concerns. You can reach the Academic Accommodations Team at shanghai.academicaccommodations@nyu.edu.

Tong Jin, Liaison for Academic Accommodations, NYU Shanghai, tong.jin@nyu.edu

Bridget Betts, Senior Disability Specialist & Global Liaison, NYU Moses Center for Student Accessibility, bcb4@nyu.edu

Additional Resources

In addition to academic accommodations, NYU Shanghai also offers other resources for students.

Housing Accommodations
For general inquiries about housing accommodations, you may contact shanghai.reslife@nyu.edu.

Student Health Center
The Student Health Center offers physical and mental health services and resources for students. The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM. For more information, please visit the Student Health Center website.