How to Register with Student Disability Services
Students seeking to register with the office of Student Disability Services and request accommodations should complete an intake form and provide documentation of their disability as well as a copy of their course schedule. Appropriate documentation may include a letter from a qualified professional or evidence of a prior diagnosis, accommodation, or classification, such as eligibility for a special education program. Please note that SDS cannot accept notes written on a medical prescription pad.
Once an intake form and documentation is provided, students will need to schedule a meeting with either the Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator of Student Disability Services. During the meeting, the Coordinator/Assistant Coordinator of SDS will review the provided documentation and determine if additional documentation is needed to accommodate the student. If no additional documentation is needed, a Faculty Notification Letter will be drafted for each course in which the student is enrolled, detailing the accommodations decided for each course.
It is important to note that accommodations are unique to each course. For instance, while accommodating a student with a note taker may be appropriate for a math course, the same accommodation may not be appropriate for a college skills course that teaches note-taking skills.
The student’s file is not considered complete until his or her accommodation letter has been approved by both the student and the instructor, acknowledging the accommodations. No accommodations can be provided to the student until their letter is approved by both parties.
If an instructor does not agree with the accommodations in the Faculty Notification Letter, then the instructor should promptly contact the office of Student Disability Services to discuss the accommodations with the Coordinator/Assistant Coordinator of SDS. Once an agreement is reached, a new Faculty Notification Letter will be drafted and emailed to the student for approval.
Returning students should meet with the office of Student Disability Services each semester and provide a copy of their schedule at least two weeks prior to the start of classes so that accommodations can be arranged. If a student is requesting additional accommodations, they may be required to provide additional documentation to support their request.
SCC considers disability documentation confidential, and thus the information does not become part of a student’s academic transcript. All disability-related documentation, forms and other related information is housed in the SDS office. Disability documentation shall be released only in accordance with the law. Documentation is destroyed after seven years. Student Disability Services recommends that every student keep a copy of their documentation. The SDS office will provide verification that a student is registered with SDS, and has provided appropriate documentation to receive reasonable academic accommodations; this verification is available to any support services provider or other office on campus such as AIM, academic advisors, TRIO-Student Support Services, or The Learning Center. The office of SDS will not make copies of a student’s original documentation for any party other than the student.