Mission and Policies


The mission of the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services at Empire State University is to offer all students with disabilities an equal opportunity for success in their university experience by ensuring that reasonable accommodations are determined and implemented in an appropriate manner

Disability Policy

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA provides that "... no otherwise qualified handicapped individual ... shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (29 USC Sect. 706)." Regulations implementing section 504 and ADA establish standards for employment practice, accessibility of facilities and education programs with which institutions receiving federal funds must comply (34 CFR Part 104).

In accordance with these regulations, a qualified person with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards required to enroll in and participate in the Empire State University program shall be provided an equal opportunity to obtain a degree in the most integrated setting appropriate to that person’s needs. Empire State University will make reasonable accommodation to meet the needs of students with disabling conditions. Reasonable accommodation does not include academic adjustments that would fundamentally alter the nature, essential requirements or academic standards of the program.

If you have any questions related to our mission or policies, contact the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services.