Disability Resource Center Student Handbook
Mission Statement - Student Responsibilities - Policies and Procedures
Guidelines for Documenting Disabilities - Grievance Procedures - Additional References
Whole Student Handbook in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format
Any student eligible for services from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) under the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has certain responsibilities to fulfill. The student must act responsibly in order for their accommodations to work.
1. The student will request only the accommodations that have previously been approved. If the Disability Specialist finds that additional documentation is necessary, acquiring appropriate documentation is the student’s responsibility.
2. The student is strongly encouraged to meet with an academic counselor prior to registering for classes to ensure that course prerequisites are met and that the student is working toward the degree plan of the student’s choice.
3. The student will provide the DRC with a copy of the student’s current class schedule. If the student is requesting books on tape or a sign language interpreter, the student will also provide the office with a course syllabus.
4. The student must provide completed and signed accommodation request forms to the DRC seven (7) days in advance.
5. The student does not have to disclose the nature of the disability to any professor. However, the student is encouraged to meet individually with the professor and, if appropriate, discuss the agreed upon accommodations. The Disability Specialist can assist the student on request.
6. The student is aware that tutoring is available through Tutorial Services. NO tutoring is provided by the DRC. Students can also benefit from the Writing Center, Math Lab, the Computer Lab, the Retention Program, Trio, ReEntry, and other programs. Students should see an academic counselor to learn about available support services.
7. The student will notify the DRC in advance if unable to keep a scheduled time with test proctors, readers, scribes, interpreters, or other service providers. If the student fails to show up and fails to call in advance, the student has failed to use the accommodation. The accommodation (test proctor, reader, scribe, interpreter, or other accommodation) will be temporarily suspended until the student meets with the Disability Specialist to either re-establish or cancel the accommodation.
8. The student will notify the DRC in writing of any withdrawals. The student is encouraged to meet with an academic counselor prior to withdrawing.
9. The student must return all equipment, enlarged materials, and books on tape at the completion of the semester or at the time of withdrawal. Failure to do so will result in a hold on future registration and transcripts.
10. The student is responsible for notifying the DRC in writing about problems encountered, including those with service providers.
11. The student may file informal complaints with the Disability Specialist. If the situation is not resolved satisfactorily, the student may file a formal complaint with the Special Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action. The formal Grievance Procedure is outlined in a separate section of this student handbook.
12. The student can pick up a copy of the DRC student handbook from any DRC office. The student can also access this information on the CSN website.