What is an academic accommodation?
The goal of an academic accommodation is to give students with disabilities fair access to the learning environment. As disabilities are unique, academic accommodations will be specifically tailored to student’s unique situations. Academic accommodations may include changes to course instruction, classroom set up, exam or assignment procedures, or access to resources.
Academic accommodations are provided to ensure that students with disabilities are able to fully access the programs and services provided at the College and successfully demonstrate their knowledge. Individualized accommodations are not designed to give students with a disability an advantage over other students, alter essential aspects of the course, or change academic standards.
How is a student’s eligibility for academic accommodations determined?
Students are required to meet with an Accessibility Coordinator and provide appropriate medical documentation which outlines both the diagnosis and functional impacts of their disability. In exceptional circumstances, temporary accommodations may be provided when there is sufficient evidence of a disability and documentation is being requested.
Who is responsible for determining a student’s eligibility for accommodations at the College?
The Accessibility Coordinator is responsible for reviewing disability-related documentation and recommending reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Instructors are provided with an academic accommodation form which outlines these recommendations. Implementation of academic accommodations is a collaborative process. If instructors have any concerns, they should contact the Accessibility Coordinator.
What are students’ responsibilities in accessing academic accommodations?
Students must disclose that they have a disability to the Accessibility Coordinator and provide appropriate disability documentation if they wish to seek academic accommodations or services. After meeting with the Accessibility Coordinator, students need to provide a copy of their academic accommodation form to each instructor at the beginning of each course. Students also need to provide contact information, course outlines, exam dates, course changes, or requests for exam rescheduling, 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 the student qualifies for based on the functional impact of their documented disability. The form will also outline the instructor’s responsibility to assist in implementing these accommodations. Contact the Accessibility Coordinator 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 specific academic accommodation will not be appropriate for their course or program, they should contact the Accessibility Coordinator to discuss their concerns as early as possible.
As an instructor, 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 Accessibility Services. If they are, request that they provide a current copy of their academic accommodation form. If they are not registered, recommend that they schedule an appointment with an Accessibility Coordinator to discuss their situation by email or phone 250.365.1273.
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 the request with the Accessibility Coordinator who will review their disability documentation to determine if the requested accommodation is appropriate.