The Office of Disability Services coordinates equal
opportunities for students with disabilities. These services are
designed to ensure, for all students, full participation in
programs and activities offered throughout the University. The aim
of these services is to improve the quality of the academic,
social, and personal lives of the disabled members of our
community. All documentation will be kept confidential in
accordance with legal requirements.
Services for students with a documented disability are available
through the Office of Disability Services. All documentation
is kept confidential and should be submitted directly to the
Disability Services Office. Students (not their parents) requesting
accommodations should identify their needs as early as possible.
All information regarding the student’s accommodations is provided
to the student. Types of accommodations provided are, but not
- Extended test time (time plus one-half, unless otherwise
- Sign language interpretation
- Readers for exams
- Scribes for exams
- Assistance with course or program accessibility
- Note taking assistance (NCR paper available upon request)
- Photocopy enlargement of materials
- Separate testing room under a proctor's supervision
Guidelines Determining Eligibility for
- St. John's University students requesting accommodations for a
disability must present documentation of the disability and present
functional limitation for verification of eligibility.
- The evaluation must have been completed by a qualified,
certified and/or licensed professional (physician, health care
provider, psychologist/psychiatrist) who has experience with an
adolescent and adult population. The professional's credentials
must appear on the documentation.
- The evaluator must include, in the test report, evidence that
instruments selected are reliable and valid for use with an
adolescent or adult. Documentation of impairment alone may not be
sufficient to require that the student be provided a reasonable
accommodation. It must be demonstrated that the impairment rises to
the level of a disability according to the Americans with
Disabilities Act. For example, the impairment must substantially
limit or restrict a major life activity (e.g. learning, reading,
concentrating, thinking.) The documentation must provide
information to support the need for all accommodations
- The Office Of Disability Services makes an individual
assessment and the request for the accommodation will be
determined. When necessary, specific academic units will be
consulted regarding the accommodation requested. If the presented
documentation is sufficient the student will meet regarding the
appropriate accommodations at St. John's University. The additional
documentation may be required to support that provided by the
- Temporary accommodations are considered.
- A student having dissatisfaction with the decision for
accommodation granted has the right to appeal the decision in
accordance with the University's "Policy Against Discrimination and
Sexual Harassment and Related Grievance Procedures".
- The Office of Disability Services administrator may
be contacted regarding specific documentation required or for
explanation of this policy.
Handicapped parking spaces are limited and, pursuant to law,
only individuals with appropriately issued handicapped permits can
park in these locations. Any member of the University community
with a disability requesting permission to park in a handicapped
parking areas, must apply to the appropriate municipal authority to
secure a New York State handicapped-parking permit. A parking zone
identified with a sign bearing the international disability symbol
is restricted at all times for use by vehicles bearing BOTH a valid
SJU parking permit and New York State issued handicapped parking
Temporary Handicapped Permits
St. John’s University strongly supports the provision of disability
parking spaces at a reasonable proximity to campus buildings for
people with a temporary disability. SJU members can obtain a
temporary handicapped parking permit from Office of Public Safety.
These disabled parking privileges will be granted only after
submission of medical documents or doctor’s note which indicates
that the applicant has established physical limitations. In
addition, a valid photo ID is required when visiting the office.
The Office of Public Safety will NOT accept any substitute forms or
Emergency Response Procedures
In the event of an emergency, all students, including those with
disabilities should follow the directions given by Public Safety
regarding exiting buildings and gathering at a central
Students with physical disabilities (that have self-identified)
will be assigned to classrooms no higher than the second floor of
any academic building.
Students with physical disabilities should proceed out of the
classroom and into the hallway to the closest exit that is not
affected by the emergency. Students on a second floor will
need to wait for assistance in getting down the staircase as the
elevators are not an option in the event of certain emergencies.
Tell others who are evacuating the building to inform Public Safety
of your location and your need for assistance. Be sure to program
Public Safety’s phone number into your cell phone so it is readily
available in the event of an emergency.
Staten Island Public Safety: 718-390-4487
Please make yourself aware of the exits in your buildings and
let either the Dean of Students (Staten Island) or the Associate
Dean for Student Services (Queens & Manhattan) know if you have
any questions or concerns regarding how you will evacuate a
building during an emergency.
Individuals experiencing challenges accessing any University area,
i.e. building, sidewalk, classroom, meeting room, restroom, etc,
should contact Public Safety for assistance.
Staten Island Public Safety: 718-390-4487
Manhattan Public Safety:
Queens and Manhattan Campus
Dorothy Schmitt, LMHC
Coordinater of Services for Students with Disabilities
Office of Disability Services
Marillac Hall Room 134
Staten Island Campus
Erin Ryan, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Counseling and
Staten Island , NY 10301
For further information please use this link for the
New York State Department of Education's