Accommodations are intended to reduce barriers that students encounter and provide access to the educational environment so that students have a better chance at demonstrating their potential. Therefore, understanding what accommodations and services are available at the college is important to your success as a student.
Accommodations are not provided unless you request them. In addition, many accommodations require you to follow specific steps in order to ensure that they are implemented successfully and in a timely manner. Knowing and understanding the specific procedures, requirements, and policies associated with utilizing accommodations while at RVC will ensure that your needs are met and that there is not a delay in getting the services you need.
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a service, program, course, activity, job, or facility that reduces or eliminates barriers that students with disabilities may encounter.
Determining what accommodations are appropriate and necessary for a particular student is a collaborative process that generally happens during the informational interview. At this time, an "accommodation plan" is crafted which lists those accommodations that are recommended for the student.
Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining:
1. The barriers resulting from the student’s involvement with the campus environment (courses, programs, services, etc.);
2. The possible accommodation(s) that may eliminate the barrier;
3. Whether or not the student has access to a service, program, course, activity, job or facility without the accommodation(s); and
4. Whether or not the essential elements of a service, program, course, activity, job or facility are compromised with the accommodation.
Occasionally, or in new, complex, or sensitive circumstances, it may be necessary for DSS staff to consult with other appropriate college personnel regarding accommodations.
A faculty member is legally required under federal law (Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504), to provide a reasonable accommodation as long as the reasonable accommodation does not lower or substantially modify the course/program's fundamental standards. The decision to deny an accommodation should not be made lightly. A faculty member may deny a reasonable accommodation request, but only after first providing evidence to the DSS Director how the requested accommodation will fundamentally alter the nature of the course. Faculty should contact Disability Support Services to initiate the review process.
The appeal process flow chart and reasonable accommodation guide can provide further guidance for faculty and staff.
Detailed information including policies and procedures regarding accommodations and services available at the college can be found below.