- Check-In Meetings and Faculty Notification Letters:
Students registered with ODS must schedule a check-in meeting each semester with ODS staff to set up accommodations for their classes. A faculty notification letter will be given to the students by ODS staff at the check-in meeting at the beginning of each semester, prior to students meeting with their professors in person to discuss their academic accommodations. Please schedule an appointment with ODS staff for your check-in meeting to review accommodations each semester, set up your class accommodations for your current semester, and receive your faculty notification letters.
- Barnard Language Modification Request
All students, including those with learning disabilities who anticipate difficulty in satisfying the Barnard language requirement, are expected to attempt elementary courses in language during their first year at Barnard. Students with diagnosed learning disabilities who experience severe problems in language learning may choose to submit a petition to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing for a possible modification of the requirement. Students should discuss their specific situations with their advisers and the staff of ODS and then meet with their class dean.
- Disability Documentation Guidelines
All students who register with the Barnard Office of Disability Services (ODS) are required to provide appropriate and timely disability-related documentation. Students with all other disability diagnoses (mobility, visual and hearing disabilities; chronic medical conditions; psychiatric disabilities; and substance abuse/recovery) must provide documentation that meets the documentation guidelines.
- Documentation of a Learning Disability
All students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations or services through the Office of Disability Services (ODS) are required to provide appropriate disability certification. The guidelines below describe the necessary components of acceptable documentation for students with learning disabilities/ADD. Students are encouraged to provide their clinicians with a copy of these guidelines.
- ODS Referrals List for LD/ADD Testing
The Office of Disability Services provides a listing of recommended evaluation centers in the NYC area. Testing is available in both private and clinical settings.
- ODS Disability Housing Accommodation Request
Disability Services works closely with Residential Life & Housing to respond to the individual needs of Barnard students with disabilities who wish to reside in on-campus housing. Students must follow the attached procedures and provide all of the required information & documentation in order to be considered for disability housing accommodations each year.
- Service and Support Animal Policy
Barnard College has established the following policy regarding Service Animals and Support Animals, to assist individuals with disabilities. The College will reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities who require the assistance of Service or Support Animals, as appropriate. Each request will be evaluated on a case‐by‐case basis, considering the needs of the individual and the concerns of the College community. Students seeking approval of a support animal must first review the service and support animal policy fully, secure documentation of how the support animal fits into an ongoing treatment plan, and then call the ODS office at 212-854-4634 to schedule a meeting with the Director to begin evaluation of the request. The process for evaluating a support animal request typically takes 3-6 weeks, depending on the time of year that the request is received.