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Accommodations

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz

Students who have been accepted for admission to Georgia Highlands College and have a chronic physical or mental disability, which subsequently limits one or more major life activities, are eligible for services. Once accepted, the student should contact Student Support Services in order to receive services. The student must self identify and provide documentation of the disability from a qualified professional. Please view the documentation guidlines fond here. An intake interview is set, in which the student and a Student Support Services member will discuss individual needs and determine appropriate accommodations.

Accommodation Delivery

The primary form of service delivery will be Accommodation Letters, which will describe recommended accommodations. The student is responsible for requesting services and providing an Accommodation Letter to each faculty member the student is taking a class with each semester.

Instructors do NOT supply accommodations to a student who has not followed the procedures of self-identifying, providing appropriate documentation, and providing an Accommodation Letter from Student Support Services.

All facilities used by students at each campus are monitored for accessibility to the best of Student Support Services' ability. Students who are considering enrollment at Georgia Highlands College may schedule consultations and tours of the campus of their choice.

Accommodations Available

Eligible students with disabilities may receive any one or a combination of the following services. Services are accommodations that are appropriate and reasonable to the degree that physical and cognitive barriers are removed, thus providing equal opportunity for full inclusion in the college experience. Keep in mind that accommodations are of an individual nature and are based on a student's documentation.

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • ALTERNATIVE MEDIA: Students may have electronic textbooks or audio textbooks recorded by Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, Inc. through the University System of Georgia's Alternative Media Access Center. It is the student's responsibility to request this service, if their documentation supports it; Student Support Services will certify the student's needs.
  • INTERPRETER/CAPTIONING SERVICES: Students requiring sign language interpreters and/or captioning will have this service coordinated on an individual basis.
  • NOTETAKING ASSISTANCE: Students may have a class member take notes. Copies are available in designated Student Support Services locations.
  • RECORDED LECTURES: Students will be allowed to record any regular class lecture with the instructor's permission.
  • COPIES: Students may be provided a copy of certain materials, including overheads and Power Point presentations.
  • A/V MATERIALS PREVIEW: Students are allowed to preview audio/visual materials used in the classroom with an interpreter.
  • CLOSED CAPTIONING: Students may need A/V material presented in closed-caption. Faculty should request closed-captioned media when it is available. It is suggested that only materials with closed captioning be used when a deaf/hard of hearing student is enrolled in a class.
  • ENGLARGED PRINT: Students may request enlarged print on course syllabus/handouts (legal size min. 18 pt.) Student Support Services will make enlarged copies for students at no charge.
  • LAB ASSISTANT: Students may request a lab assistant be provided for course labs.
  • GENERAL ASSISTANCE: Students may request assistance in positioning keyboards/laptops and/or materials.
  • CALCULATORS: Students may use non-programmable calculators in class and on assignments in math courses.
  • COMPUTER DICTIONARY, SPELL/GRAMMAR CHECK, OR OTHER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Students who use special equipment must make arrangements with the faculty for timely completion and submittal of assignments when such equipment is used.
  • ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Students may use assistive technology, including voice recognition software, to complete written assignments.
  • ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICE: Students may borrow an assistive listening device on a scheduled basis. Some training and coordination among Student Support Services, the student, and the instructor may be required.
  • SEATING ACCOMMODATIONS: Students may need specific seating arrangements to accommodate needs. Such arrangements may include front row seating, seating near an entrance, and alternative seating if in-class desks/chairs are not accessible.
  • INSTRUCTOR ACCOMMODATIONS: Instructors may be requested to face the class when speaking, wear a lapel transmitter/microphone during lectures, repeat student questions, and use only black markers on whiteboards. Other instructor accommodations may be needed. Instructor will be notified by Student Support Services if this becomes necessary.
  • ABILITY TO ENTER AND EXIT CLASSROOM: Some students require accommodation to manage pain or anxiety, and should not be penalized for missing information. However, students should record missed sections or obtain notes.
  • ATTENDANCE ACCOMMODATION: Only those absences reported to Student Support Services as directly relating to a disability will be discussed. Due to some student’s disability, exacerbation of his/her condition could occur during the semester, requiring medical treatment and class absences. Special consideration might be considered regarding attendance, however, most importantly, the student is required to meet the essential course requirements.
    In advance, the faculty member and student should discuss the situation, and plan:
    • How many absences will be allowed.
    • How any missed work can be made up.
    • What absolutely cannot be missed.
    This plan should then be submitted in writing to Student Support Services for the student’s file.

ON QUIZZES/EXAMS

  • EXTENDED TIME: Students may be granted up to two (2) times the normal time to complete quizzes and exams.
  • DISTRACTION REDUCED TESTING ENVIRONMENT: It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their extended time, and to make agreeable arrangements for a distraction reduced environment with the teaching faculty member or staff.
  • COMPUTER DICTIONARY, SPELL/GRAMMAR CHECK, OR OTHER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Students who use special equipment must make arrangements with the faculty for timely completion and submittal of assignments when such equipment is used.
  • ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Students may use assistive technology, including voice recognition software, to complete written areas of quizzes/exams.
  • CALCULATORS: Students may use non-programmable calculators in class and on exams in math courses.
  • STOP-THE-CLOCK: Some students require accommodation to manage pain or anxiety and may need to take a break or breaks during quizzes/exams. These breaks should not be included in the student's overall time allotment.
  • ALTERED FORMAT: Altering the format of tests or answer sheets may be necessary to accommodate a student's needs. This may include the addition of field blanks using MS Word's form feature or Test Talker software.
  • ENGLARGED PRINT: Students may request enlarged print on quizzes/exams (legal size min. 18 pt.) Student Support Services will make enlarged copies for students at no charge.
  • TESTING ASSISTANCE: If quizzes/exams must be completed using a SCANTRON format, students with limited mobility may need assistance in filling in bubbles. If no other accommodation for test format can be made, Student Support Services will assist the student in this way.
  • FORMULA BANK/WORD BANK: A formula bank is an index card or single page created by the student that includes any formuli the student anticipates having difficulty recalling during a course test.  It cannot include any notes or outline format that would provide cues as to when a given formula should be used.  The instructor should have an opportunity, prior to the test, to review and sign off on it, being certain that it does not provide the student with an unfair advantage.  A word bank is an index card or single page created by the student that includes the specific, relevant vocabulary that the student anticipates having difficulty recalling during a course test.  It cannot include material that would provide the student with an advantage over the other students.  For example, it cannot include definitions, or material such as proper names or place names or numbers/dates: this would change the test to an open notes test for this student.   The instructor should have an opportunity, prior to the test, to review and sign off on it, being certain that it does not provide the student with an unfair advantage.

OTHER AREAS

  • TUTORIAL CENTER: Students are allowed to utilize any Georgia Highlands Tutorial Center.
  • TTY: Students needing a TTY to make phone calls may use the TTY in Student Support Services. A video relay system is available in the Floyd Student Support Services. Long distance calls are not permitted.
  • SORENSON VIDEO RELAY SYSTEM: The Sorenson VRS is a relay system students may use free of charge. Students must contact Student Support Services to use the VRS. The Sorenson VRS is available at the Floyd campus only.
  • MAINTAINING A SERVICE ANIMAL ON CAMPUS POLICY may apply to some students with service animals. Please contact SSS. 
  • OTHER: Unlisted specialized services may be necessary and will be coordinated with the appropriate faculty and staff.
Page last updated: April 19, 2012