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Office of Disability Services

English Language Learners (ELL)

Lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or involvement. Elmira College is dedicated to ensuring our English Language Learner students are prepared for successful participation during and after their higher education experience. 

The College will take appropriate measures to assess each student’s ability to participate and benefit through its English Language Learner Modification program. Students may also qualify for additional support including testing and classroom accommodations, academic advising, support and counseling. Based on the assessment of English language comprehension, and after counseling or advising sessions, students are then placed within language improvement programs designed to empower and enrich. For more information, contact Anthony Affissio, ELL Modifications Program Coordinator at

Academic Accommodations

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Elmira College is committed to providing reasonable accommodation and services to students with qualifying documented disabilities.

Examples of qualifying disabilities include, learning disabilities, psychological or neurological conditions, visual, hearing or mobility impairments, and chronic health or medical conditions, which substantially limit one or more of a person's major life activities and may necessitate modifications to the services, programs, or facilities of the College in order to ensure equal access. Students who have eligibility documentation on file with Elmira College’s Academic Accommodations Coordinator can be approved for a variety of appropriate accommodations that are matched to the individual student’s identified needs.

It is important to note, that while the college student is protected by Section 504, as well as the ADA, students choosing to go to college are not entitled to the same level of academic support they received in high school. Students entering college move from an environment that is structured to ensure student success to a college-level environment that is designed to allow equal access. The college ensures access, but success is up to the student who must seek out appropriate supports. 

For more information on the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities preparing for postsecondary education, visit the site hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

The Academic Accommodations Coordinator engages in a collaborative process with each student to review requests for accommodations on case-by-case basis. The office also makes assistance available to individuals experiencing short-term illness or physical injury.  To learn more, please contact Carolyn Draht, Associate Registrar and Academic Accommodations Coordinator at (607) 735-1857 or