Office of Academic Affairs

Disability Services and Support for Students

For Students For Faculty For Families

Overview

Eastman is committed to fostering a welcoming, encouraging, and empowering environment where students with disabilities can thrive in their studies. Services are provided within the individual schools. Each school has a designated access coordinator who requests and maintains disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, and determines and develops plans for reasonable accommodations.

Britt Linné Semenow, Academic Counselor, serves as the Access Coordinator for the Eastman School of Music (including the Eastman Community Music School) and works closely with the University of Rochester Disability Compliance Director to make arrangements for reasonable academic accommodations in educational settings for students with disabilities. Using an interactive process involving the student, faculty, and staff, we implement individualized accommodations while maintaining anonymity and promoting opportunities for self-advocacy.

Students with disabilities have the responsibility of contacting the Access Coordinator as soon as possible after they have filed their intent to enroll. To schedule a meeting with the access coordinator, call 585.274.1165, or email bsemenow@esm.rochester.edu.

Access Coordinators at other schools can be found here.

It is a personal decision to disclose the existence of a disability and to request an accommodation – a decision not to disclose will be respected. While we cannot make retroactive accommodations (for example, allowing a student to repeat a test with new accommodation), we encourage you to begin the documentation process at any time during the semester.