Suggested Syllabus Language

To assist faculty in providing their students with access to essential supportive services, we provide the following sample language for faculty to use, as they deem appropriate, in the creation of their course syllabi.


The Cooper Union will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities who are seeking accommodations because of their disability must contact the Dean of Students at The Dean of Students will evaluate your documentation and issue you a letter informing you of the accommodations you are eligible to receive. Disability accommodation services are available only to students who are registered with the Dean of Students and submit appropriate documentation.

Students who register for disability accommodations will receive a detailed letter from the Dean of Students. Students are responsible for reading the letter provided by the Dean of Students and following all instructions.

Students with disability accommodations are encouraged to speak with the Dean of Students as soon as possible.

Additional information can be found online at


The Cooper Union is committed to providing a working, learning, and living environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and applicable federal, state, and local laws, and our institutional values, The Cooper Union does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military status, marital status, partnership status, familial status or any other legally protected characteristic, in admissions, financial aid, or employment practices, or in the administration of any Cooper Union educational program or activity, including athletics.


While I want you to feel comfortable coming to me with issues you may be struggling with or concerns you may be having, please be aware that I have some reporting requirements that are part of my responsibilities as a member of the faculty. If you inform me of an issue of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or discrimination, I will keep the information as private as I can, but I am required to report the basic facts of the incident to Cooper’s Title IX Coordinator, Grace Kendall. If you would like to speak to the the Coordinator directly, she can be reached at, 212-353-4053, or in person on the 3rd floor of the residence hall (29 3rd Avenue). The Title IX Coordinator will be able to assist you in understanding all of your options and in connecting you to available resources on- and off-campus. Speaking with the Title IX Coordinator does not obligate you to file a complaint or participate in an investigation unless you choose to do so.

To speak with someone CONFIDENTIALLY about issues of sexual misconduct, you may contact the Student Care Coordinator and Counselor, Cassandra Jolicoeur at, 212-353-4006, or in person on the 3rd floor of the residence hall (29 3rd Avenue). Off-campus CONFIDENTIAL support for sexual violence is available through the Safe Horizon Crisis Center (212-577-7700) or the RAINN hotline (877-995-5247) or can be found in the Cooper Union Sexual Misconduct Policy (


Counseling Services at The Cooper Union are coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs. Our Student Care Coordinator and Counselor, Cassandra Jolicoeur, is here to meet with students to provide support and to discuss mental health and counseling needs. Cassandra can be reached at or at 212.353.4006. Cassandra will work with each student on an individual basis to connect them to the necessary care and supportive services. Additional information can be found here: General health and wellbeing resources can be found 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.