Frequently Asked Questions
The office has two professional staff members: the Director of Learning Services and the Learning Specialist.
Our philosophy is one that promotes self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy for our students with disabilities. The Office of Learning Services is also committed to promoting access and awareness as a resource to all members of the Utica College community.
A: The Office of Learning Services is located in the Academic Support Services Center, Hubbard Hall Room 109. Office hours are from 8:30 – 5:00 during the academic calendar year.
Kateri Teresa Henkel is the Director of Learning Services.
To contact the Office of Learning Services:
- Telephone: 315-792-3032
- E-mail: Kateri Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 315-223-2504
- Regular Mail:
Utica College Office of Learning Services
109 Hubbard Hall
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, N.Y. 13502
Once admitted, students with disabilities are strongly advised to contact the Director of Learning Services as soon as they decide to attend Utica College so that they can submit required documentation in a timely fashion if they plan to request accommodations. This contact will also allow the Director to answer any questions that the student might have.
A: To initiate recognition and consideration as a student with a disability, students should:
- Refer themselves, by personal contact, to the Director of Learning Services
- Self-disclose their disability
- Submit appropriate documentation to verify eligibility
- Request accommodations
- Follow Utica College procedures as described in the Learning Services Student Handbook
A: Utica College is in compliance with Federal and State laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities. Accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case, course-by-course basis. The following are examples of services and accommodations currently being provided to students, not a guarantee of services and accommodations.
- priority registration
- learning and study strategy development
- referrals for diagnostic evaluation
- time management strategies
- use of a tape recorder
- time extensions for tests and
- separate location for tests
- alternative formats for textbooks
The Director of Learning Services will make the determination of whether appropriate and reasonable accommodations are warranted and can be provided to the student. An accommodation letter is generated for each student stating what accommodations are appropriate in each individual case. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her instructors to discuss the disability and the accommodations.
The vision of the Office of Learning Services at Utica College is to be the recognized authority in initiating, supporting, and facilitating accessibility for learning.
We are the Office of Learning Services: advocates, educators, colleagues.
Our mission is to support the success of our students and Utica College.
We achieve our mission by:
- ensuring that students with disabilities have an equal educational opportunity with other students;
- mentoring students as they mature in their self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy abilities;
- working with colleagues to promote access for learning in order to support student success and facilitate institutional change.