Student Resources

The Right to access and the Opportunity for Success

Students with disabilities are entitled to non-discrimination and reasonable accommodations.  SSS provides accessible programs, services, and reasonable accommodations for any student with a documented, qualifying disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Acts of 1990 mandate that educational institutions provide students with disabilities the necessary accommodations to ensure equal access to all academic and co-curricular programs and services.  For more information visit www.ada.gov.

 

Requesting Disability Support

Students wishing to request accommodations may do so at any time once accepted for admission to GHC, following the Requesting Accommodations process on the Getting Started page.

Students are encouraged to initiate requests at least 4 weeks before the semester beings, as the registration process takes time.  Registering later in the semester can delay implementation of your accommodations.  Documentation of the disability and a discussion with the campus disability services provider is necessary in determining accommodations.  Accommodations may vary among students due to the nature of the disability and the supporting documentation.

 

Accommodation Letters

Accommodation letters are used to communicate recommended accommodations with course instructors. The student is responsible for requesting and providing an Accommodation Letter each semester to course instructors, by following the steps below:

STEP 1.  Submit a copy of your course schedule to the campus Disability Specialist.  It takes 48 hours to process the request.

STEP 2.  Check your student email account for your accommodations letter.

STEP 3.  Make an appointment with your course instructors.

STEP 4.  Meet with your course instructors to review the accommodation letter, discuss the approved accommodations you plan to use for the course, and how these will be provided.

STEP 5.  Return the signed accommodations letter to the campus Disability Specialist for your file.

Online students may follow these steps using email to communicate with course instructors. 

 

Tips for Talking with Professors About Accommodations

Make an appointment to meet with your professors. Find a time during scheduled office hours, or by appointment, to meet privately with your instructor. Email your professor to arrange the meeting as soon as possible.  In general, the time immediately following class is usually not a good time to talk.  This is often when everybody with a question bombards the professor.  Most importantly, the environment does not provide the privacy to ensure confidentiality.  It is better to make an appointment.

Start in your comfort zone. Start by approaching those professors you feel most comfortable around. As you gain confidence, set up appointments with the other professors.

Be prepared.  Bring your accommodation letter to the appointment. Be prepared to educate your instructor about your accommodation needs. Helping them understand how you learn will allow the best possible relationship.

Discuss your accommodations.  Be ready to discuss the approved accommodations you plan to use for the course and how these will be provided.  Making the arrangements clear in the beginning will avoid problems and possible conflicts later.

Understand the effect of your disability.  Focus the discussion on your accommodations, not your disability. You do not need to disclose your diagnosed disability to your professors to receive accommodations, but it is helpful for them to know how it affects you in the classroom.  Do you have trouble concentrating?  Is it hard to follow the professor while taking notes?  Can you see information presented in class?  If professors have this information, they may have a better idea of how to appropriately accommodate your disability.

Be polite.  If you are rude or demanding, both you and the professor may get defensive and the conversation becomes unproductive – it turns into a “battle of wills.”  You can still receive help or accommodations to which you are entitled without demanding them.

Know your rights. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations, as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Online students may follow these tips using email to communicate with course instructors. 

 

Test Requests

Testing accommodations allow eligible students to be evaluated during test time on their knowledge of the subject matter rather than the effects of their disability.

Students are responsible for submitting a completed Test Request Form at least 5 business days before the date of exam in class, to allow time to coordinate a test room, proctor services & the accommodations.  Multiple requests are coordinated, using a shared proctor pool, across 5 locations.  In order to serve you better, submit test requests as early as possible during the semester.

Students are expected to take the test on the same day and time as the class. However, there are three exceptions to this policy:

  • If the test is outside of the SSS testing hours.
  • If the time accommodation will interfere with another class or test.
  • If the student submits a completed Test Request Form with 5 business days advance notice, but an appointment is unavailable, an alternative time will be offered whenever possible.

 

Questions or Concerns?

SSS-Disability Support is available to address questions, concerns, or to assist you in solving a disability related problem. Please contact the campus Disability Specialist or email sss@highlands.edu to get in touch with the appropriate party.  We can only offer solutions if we know what the problems are.