High school students in classrooms.

Handbooks and Guides

High School Administrators and UHS Instructors will be receiving an email with detailed instructions, to be shared as necessary. Below are the Handbooks and information for teachers and students. 

ADA Best Practices

ADA: The Americans with Disabilities Act. Civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else. 

  • Information on the support services available to students with disabilities is included within the course.
  • Basic ADA accessibility is addressed (ALT tags are present for all images in this course, videos and narrated presentations are properly transcribed or captioned to meet this standard).
  • The course design should be simple and uncluttered
  • Text should be used as the primary method for delivering information (images and color are secondary).
  • Learning modules, folders, links, lessons, quizzes, tests, and assignments should have unique and descriptive titles
  • The course menu should be organized and up-to-date. Any tools not being utilized should be removed.
  • The Course Information documents should describe the overall layout of the course, the types of content available, and the tools that will be used
  • An accessibility statement should be present.
  • The course should provide contact information for disability services and invite suggestions on how to increase accessibility
  • The color scheme for the course should be simple and carefully chosen. Color alone should not be used to convey important information. Text, graphics, and images should be understandable when viewed without color. The page background should not overpower the text.
  • Text content should ensure readability. A sans-serif font (Arial, Arial Black, Helvetica, Impact, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, or Verdana) with a standard size of 12 pt or larger should be used.
  • Large blocks of information should be divided into manageable sections
  • Hyperlink text should make sense out of context. Avoid using "click here" or "email me".
  • PowerPoint presentations should have a standard layout and slide title should be use on each slide
  • Audio-narrated PowerPoint presentations should have text transcripts and slide descriptions
  • When a timed response is required, there should be a means for requesting additional time
  • In most cases, students requesting extended time for tests, time and a half, or 50 percent additional time will be provided
  • Testing accommodation forms must be used for each test conducted on Blackboard. This form should be submitted one week before the test. Instructors should enable the Test Exceptions and adjust the Attempts, Timer, Availability and Force Completion settings to suit accommodations
  • Instructors are not required to compromise the quality of the course by lowering the academic standards and to give passing grades to students with disabilities who have failed to demonstrate the required level of knowledge and competency at the end of the course.
  • ADA Best Practices​​ should be included in the new online and hybrid faculty training material and reviewed during the Introduction to Blackboard workshop
  • To arrange accommodations for students with disability in online/hybrid courses, copy Distance Learning on all communications with the instructor
  • If a student with disability requires the video captioning in online/hybrid courses, contact Distance Learning

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Pursuant to the Federal and State guidelines and regulations prohibiting discrimination, Farmingdale State College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University College community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The College’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment.   These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Kathleen M. Flynn,Title IX Coordinator. She can be located during regular business hours in Thompson Hall, Room 126, telephone 934-420-5772. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. 646-428-3800; Email 

FSC Student Conduct Policies - 

As a college student, policies may be very different than when you were in high school. Be sure to take the time to review FSC’s Conduct Policies. 


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Francine Federman, PhD
Assistant Dean


Laura McMullin
Assistant Director


V. Patty McCormick
Program Coordinator


Jennifer Dalton
Support Specialist


Michele Holden
Administrative Staff Assistant II 

Last Modified 3/7/24