The primary role of Accessibility Services at St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) is to facilitate equal access to educational programs, services, and activities for students with documented disabilities.
Students with documented disabilities at SCTCC have a right to:
- Equal access to programs, services, and activities at SCTCC through compliance with state and federal laws,
- Equal opportunity to receive reasonable accommodations and services for opportunities to learn (which may also include the use of assistive technologies),
- Privacy and confidentiality regarding their documented disability as applicable laws allow, and
- Quality services in accordance with our established policies and procedures.
At the post-secondary level of education, SCTCC does not have the same legal obligations as high school personnel. Faculty and staff will not seek out students to determine if their educational needs are met. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with Accessibility Services to request accommodations for a diagnosed disability.
Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to:
- Meet all of the qualifications and maintain essential SCTCC standards for courses, services, and activities,
- Self-identify in a timely manner to Accessibility Services as a student with a disability who is seeking information or an appropriate accommodation,
- Follow the established process for Application for Accessibility Services, and to provide appropriate documentation according to the Documentation Guidelines,
- Self-advocate individual needs on an ongoing basis,
- Follow all procedures for approved accommodations including, but not limited to, accommodations for testing, use of assistive technologies, and removal of barriers resulting from the disability,
- Inform appropriate staff of any changes in school status, and
- Timely report any problems in accommodations to appropriate staff.
Rights and Responsibilities of the SCTCC (Adapted from Augsburg College)
St. Cloud Technical & Community College has a right to:
- Identify and establish essential elements and technical standards, abilities, skills, knowledges, and standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and to evaluate all students (including students with disabilities) on this basis.
- Request and receive recent and appropriate documentation from a qualified professional through Accessibility Services that verifies and supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Consult with the student in making the final determination regarding the selection of effective, appropriate, and reasonable academic accommodations, adjustments, and/or services. SCTCC reserves the right to make the final decision regarding which accommodations will be provided.
- Deny a request for accommodations if the documentation provided does not identify a disability according to The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, fails to verify the need for the requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner.
- Refuse to provide any accommodation that is inappropriate or unreasonable, including any that:
- Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual requesting the accommodation or of others.
- Constitute a fundamental change or alteration of an essential element of a course or program.
- Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the institution.
St. Cloud Technical & Community College has a responsibility to:
- Uphold and maintain the academic standards set forth by the institution.
- Determine the appropriate standards in developing, constructing, remodeling, and maintaining facilities in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota.
- Evaluate students and applicants on their abilities and not on their disabilities.
- Provide reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or services for students with disabilities in a timely manner.
- Maintain and uphold confidentiality of records and communication concerning individuals with disabilities, except where disclosure is required by law, authorized by the individual, or necessary in light of the accommodation required.
- Ensure that courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings.