What it is​

  • Student Disabilities Services provides academic and/or environmental accommodations and services for students with a disability

  • SDS resources are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses and Executive MBA programs.



Example usages of this office

  • Jay is concerned as he has been struggling to complete exams in the time allotted. Though Jay is unsure if this is because of a learning disability, he should still seek help from SDS to determine what resources are available to him.

  • Jess has lived experience with a disability. Regardless if this is a learning disability, physical disability or mental health, she should register with SDS to ensure she has the support needed to excel in her education experience.

Examples of common misconceptions 

  • There are none! If you have a concern or are struggling academically or with Cornell’s environment go to SDS to discuss available resources.


The OSA is made up of undergraduate students acting as caseworkers in different fields to navigate issues including conduct violations, grade disputes, enrollment issues, financial aid problems, residency concerns, discrimination and harassment.

Disclaimer: The Office of the Student Advocate is available as a point of contact to help students navigate Cornell bureaucracy and provide advice but does not guarantee any results.

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