Support Services & Academic Adjustments

Support Services & Academic Adjustments

Academic Adjustments

Students with documented disabilities are entitled by law to have necessary academic adjustments (modifications and/or auxiliary aids and services) provided by the college. Academic adjustments may not lower academic standards, substantially alter a program or a course's essential requirements, pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or place undue financial hardship on the institution.

It is important to understand that academic adjustments do not guarantee academic success, nor do they provide an advantage to a student. They serve to "level the playing field" and provide equal access to the College's programs, services, and activities.

There is no general access plan that is appropriate for all students or for a particular disability. Students may require different academic adjustments in different courses. The most appropriate plan provides equal access coupled with consideration of the disability and documentation, student preferences, program, faculty, and institutional requirements for a particular course, and applicable laws.

View the Academic Adjustment Guidelines prior to arranging for academic adjustments. Types of academic adjustments include but are not limited to the following:

  • Quiet and Comparable Testing Environment
  • Extended Time
  • Request For Alternatively Formatted Books
  • Reading Services
  • Scribe Services
  • Computer Access
  • Note Taker
  • Converted Formats

Release for Academic Adjustments

To receive modifications and/or auxiliary aids and services, students must engage in the interactive process by:

Identifying the disability. Students may self-identify at any time. Gabriella Vasta, Coordinator of Access & Equity Services, is the designated campus contact for students with disabilities. If identification is made to another staff or faculty member, he or she should notify the Coordinator and advise the student to contact the Coordinator.

Providing the Coordinator of Access and Equity Services with current, appropriate documentation of the disability.