Eligibility policy

Under Federal and State laws, the college is required to make modifications to academic requirements and practices as necessary in order to ensure that they do not discriminate against a qualified student with a disability. The college is also required to have a policy and procedure for responding to students with verified disabilities who request academic adjustments. Students with disabilities have the right to receive reasonable academic adjustments in order to create an educational environment where they have equal access to instruction without fundamentally altering any course, educational program or degree.

Program requirements

  • Students receiving services through DRC must be enrolled at SCC and must have a chronic disabling condition that has been verified by an appropriate professional. The student's disabling condition must limit one or more major life activities, and impose an "educational limitation." An educational limitation is a disability-related functional limitation in the educational setting that occurs when the limitation prevents a student from fully benefiting from classes, activities, or services offered by the college without specific, additional support services or instruction.
  • Students must possess the ability to respond appropriately to questions, follow directions, and demonstrate the potential to benefit from special programs and services.
  • Students must demonstrate appropriate adaptive and/or self-help behavior. This includes providing their own personal attendant care. DRC staff will not provide this service.
  • Students must demonstrate annual measurable academic progress. Failure to do so may result in termination of services.
  • Students requesting services and/or academic accommodations offered at SCC are recommended to arrange an appointment with a DRC counselor and complete an application for services. DRC will then establish a Student Educational Contract (SEC) and verify the disability by using one of the following means: 1) review of documentation provided by appropriate agencies o r certified or licensed professionals outside of DRC; 2) assessment by appropriate DRC professional staff; or 3) observation by DRC professional staff with review by DRC Counselor/ Coordinator. Once a student's disability has been verified, the DSPS professional will identify the educational limitations, document them in the Student Educational Contract and review and update it annually.
  • Services may be denied if it is determined that a student does not meet one or more of the above eligibility criteria.
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