The Office of Student Affairs, in administering disability services for Cooper Union students will:

  1. Make available the policies and procedures for obtaining accommodations and meet with students to discuss their options.
  2. Review documentation which addresses a student’s disability.
  3. Discuss with the student his/her needs and history of accommodations.
  4. Determine appropriate and reasonable academic adjustments and accommodations which do not compromise the essential components of courses, programs, or services.
  5. Maintain files which most often include documentation of the disability, Accommodation Verification Letters for each academic term, academic progress information, and notes from meetings and phone calls, with or about the student (in accordance with FERPA regulations).
  6. Assist students with disabilities in improving self-advocacy skills when appropriate.
  7. Refer students to resources, employees or other entities for relevant services when appropriate.
  8. Establish and communicate rights and responsibilities for students with disabilities to obtain equal access.
  9. Develop and implement policies and procedures regarding the student disability services at Cooper Union.
  10. Consult with faculty and staff regarding accommodations, compliance with legal responsibilities as well as instructional, programmatic, physical, and curriculum modifications.
  11. Provide disability awareness activities for campus constituencies.
  12. Collect student feedback to measure satisfaction with disability services and to monitor use of disability services.

Cooper Union does NOT provide evaluation and/or testing for learning disabilities, mental or physical health disabilities.

Adapted from the AHEAD Program Standards.

  • 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.