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.
MEDICAL AND DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
The Cooper Union supports and maintains an environment where all students can engage. The Cooper Union will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented medical conditions and/or disabilities. Students who are seeking accommodations must contact the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dean of Students will discuss each student’s needs and evaluate the documentation submitted. Students who are approved for reasonable accommodations will be issued a letter detailing the accommodations they are eligible to receive. Reasonable accommodations are available only to students who are registered with the Dean of Students and submit appropriate documentation.
Students are responsible for reading the letter provided by the Dean of Students and following all instructions which include speaking to each of their professors about their accommodation needs.
Students may request reasonable accommodations at any point, but it is important to note that students are not permitted to request accommodations retroactively. Accommodations must be approved and agreed upon in advance.
Students who are eligible for reasonable accommodations are responsible for following all of the procedures set forth in their accommodation letter and for the information that can be found online at http://cooper.edu/students/student-affairs/disability.
COOPER UNION NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY
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.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND DISCRIMINATION REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (https://cooper.edu/sites/default/files/uploads/assets/site/files/2015/2015-Unified-Nondiscrimination-policy-Final.pdf).
COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Counseling Services at The Cooper Union are coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs.
Information about our counseling services and available resources can be found here: http://cooper.edu/students/student-affairs/health/counseling/services. Resources for connections to care outside of our counseling program can be found here: http://cooper.edu/students/student-affairs/health/counseling.
If a student is experiencing a serious illness or a mental health crisis, please call 911 or visit the emergency room nearest to you. Cooper Union does not have facilities for crisis care, but there are resources available throughout New York City.
NYC Well: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/
NYC Well is a connection to free, confidential mental health support. Through this service, you can speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance misuse services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365. To connect with NYC Well, you can call 1.888.692.9355 (1.888.NYC.WELL), text "Well" to 65173, or chat with someone online.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Their Lifeline Crisis Chat can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.