What is an academic accommodation?
Academic accommodations are a change in the allocation of College resources, or in instruction or evaluation
methods designed to meet the specific needs of a student with a disability. They are provided to ensure that
students with a disability are able to access the programs and services provided at the college and are able to demonstrate their knowledge fully.
How is a student’s eligibility for academic accommodations determined?
Students are required to provide the Disability Service (DS) Coordinator with appropriate medical documentation which outlines both the diagnosis and functional impacts of their disability. In exceptional circumstances accommodations may be provided on a trial basis in cases where there is sufficient evidence of a disability and where documentation is being sought.
Who is responsible for determining a student’s eligibility for accommodations at the College?
The Disability Service Coordinator at your campus is responsible for reviewing disability documentation and for
recommending reasonable accommodations for students with a disability. Instructors are provided with an academic accommodation form which outlines these recommendations. Implementation of academic accommodations is a collaborative process. If instructors have concerns about any of the recommended accommodations, please discuss these concerns with the Disability Service Coordinator.
What are students’ responsibilities in accessing academic accommodations?
Students must self-disclose that they have a disability to the DS Coordinator and provide appropriate
disability documentation if they wish to seek academic accommodations or services. They need to provide each of
their instructors with a copy of their academic accommodation form at the beginning of each course. They also need to make requests for academic accommodations, such as exam accommodations, in a timely manner.
As an Instructor, what do I need to do if one of my students gives me an academic accommodation form?
Review the form carefully. This form will let you know what academic accommodations this student qualifies for based on the functional impacts of their documented disability, and will outline what you need to do to assist in implementing these accommodations. Contact the Disability Service Coordinator at your campus if you have any questions or concerns.
Do students who receive academic accommodations need to meet all the essential learning outcomes for their course or program?
Yes. Academic accommodations should not interfere with the essential learning outcomes of a course or program. If an instructor feels that a particular recommended academic accommodation will not be appropriate for their course or program on this basis, please contact the Disability Service Coordinator to discuss your concerns as early in the term as possible.
What do I do if a student informs me that they have a disability and requests disability accommodations?
Ask if the student is registered with Disability Services. If they are, request that they provide you with a current
copy of their academic accommodation form. If they are not registered with the DS Office, recommend that they
schedule an appointment with the Disability Service Coordinator to discuss their situation.
What do I do if a student with a disability requests an accommodation for their disability that is not listed on their academic accommodation form?
Let the student know that they will need to discuss their request with the DS Coordinator who will be able to review their disability documentation to determine if the requested accommodation is appropriate.