Disability Support Services

The Cooper Union is an equal opportunity institution that admits students without regard to their disabilities. The Cooper Union makes reasonable accommodations and modifications to policies, practices and procedures and provides auxiliary aids and services necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities on campus. Students with disabilities seeking any accommodations, modifications or auxiliary aids or services regarding any aspect of the full Cooper Union experience—including anything pertaining uniquely to one of the Cooper Union’s distinct schools—should contact the Dean of Students for assistance.

The Cooper Union will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Documentation will be accepted at any time; however it is in the best interest of the student to have documentation submitted no later than three (3) weeks prior to the start of the semester so that any necessary accommodations can be implemented prior to the start of classes. You can reach The Dean of Students by email at chamber@cooper.edu, stop by the Office of Student Affairs located on the 3rd floor of the Student Residence Hall (29 3rd Ave.), or call 212-353-4130.

Services are available only to students who are registered and submit appropriate documentation through the Office of Student Affairs. As disabilities and their accommodations change over time, accommodation requests do not automatically carry over from one academic year to the next. Students are required to contact the Office of Student Affairs and update their status and accommodation request(s) on an annual basis.

Students who are registered for accommodations will receive a letter at the start of the academic year detailing the reasonable accommodations that the college is able to provide in response to their particular requests. Students are responsible for meeting with their faculty members within the first week of classes to discuss how approved accommodation(s) can be implemented in each specific class. Students must not wait to engage their professor(s) just prior to an exam or project deadline with hopes of getting an extension; needs and requests must be communicated at the beginning of the semester. Failure to meet with professors within the first week of class may result in complications and delays in receiving accommodations.

Student are not permitted to request accommodations retroactively. Accommodations must be approved and agreed upon in advance.

During the first class students should ask their professor to meet after class or during office hours to review their accommodation needs. Students are responsible for providing the faculty member with a copy of the accommodation letter, which will serve as notification from the Dean of Students that accommodations are valid and on file with the Dean’s office. The Dean’s Office within each School has a master list of all students registered with accommodations. Faculty members may consult the list in the event that there are additional questions or concerns.

In an effort to help facilitate the conversations between student and professor, each professor will receive a copy of the letters that have been provided to students in that professor’s class. If a student drops or adds a class after the first day of the semester the student must notify the Dean of Students so that the professor of the new class may be issued a copy of the accommodation letter.

Accommodations are designed to allow a student additional time, tools, and/or resources to fulfill the obligations of a course and degree program. An accommodation is not designed or intended to alter pedagogy. As each class and each student's needs are unique, it is important that there be a dialogue between faculty and student. While accommodations may seem generic, their implementation is certainly not. Additional time on projects and exams in a chemistry class will look very different than extra time in studio courses. It is between the faculty member and the student to determine how accommodations can reasonably be realized in each specific course.

The Cooper Union Self-Identification Form for students with disabilities can be downloaded here.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.