Accessibility Services

Seward County Community College Accessibility Services is to be an active partner with students, faculty and staff in creating an accessible learning environment where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of Seward County Community Colleges programs, services and activities. Students in need of accommodations should contact the Student Success Center office in the Hobble Academic Building A149 or 620-417-1106, to initiate their request for services.

Eligibility. 

Students who have impairments which substantially limit one or more life activities (e.g. communication, mobility, learning, etc.) in an academic setting, and have a record of such an impairment, or are regarded as having such an impairment. An intake process will follow a written request for services; the existence of a qualified disability must be verified and appropriate strategies and resources identified. Students must provide documentation of their disability before receiving services.

Students should submit documentation from a qualified expert stating the nature and severity of the disability, the diagnostic procedures used, and recommendations for academic assistance. Information obtained is confidential and is used only for the purpose of identifying services.

Academic Services 

Seward County Community College offers academic support services to students with physical or learning disabilities. Seward County Community College is committed to providing assistance to students that will facilitate independence and academic progress. Assistance is tailored to the needs of the individual student.

  • Note-taking assistance: Access to copies of class notes to qualified students with disabilities through the use of classroom volunteers
  • Advocacy and Liaison: Discuss situations or concerns with the dean of students or advising coordinator located in the Student Success office.
  • Alternative testing: Access to the testing process in an accessible environment or format
  • Alternative text formats: The provision of an alternative text format for individuals with visual or information processing disabilities.
  • Interpreting/Captioning: Accurate translation of spoken/auditory information in the classroom for students that are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Classroom accommodations: Allow access to the learning environment (i.e. preferential seating, accessible room location, chair/table/desk adjustments, etc.)

Procedures for Applying for Accessibility Services

  1. Students should meet with an advisor in the Student Success Center and discuss the need for accommodations while attending Seward County Community College. Be prepared to describe what services you have previously found to be helpful. You will receive a packet of information which includes documentation guidelines and a request for accommodations form.

IMPORTANT: Depending on your needs, it can sometimes take 4 – 6 weeks to get supports in place. Planning ahead is advised.

  1. Submit the completed request form along with supporting documentation prepared by an appropriate professional to the Student Success Center located in the Hobble Academic Building room 149 at Seward County Community College.
  2. Documentation and Student Accessibility Services Request Form will be reviewed by the dean of students for an eligibility determination.
  3. If you are found eligible, an individualized accommodation plan is written to verify approved services while attending Seward County Community College. This plan, along with directions for your next steps will be sent to you.
    1. It is your responsibility to share your individualized accommodation plan with each of your instructors and talk to them about how your accommodations can be used in the class.
    2. If you disagree with your individualized accommodation plan, please contact the dean of students in the Student Success Center to discuss your concerns.
  4. When you receive your plan, schedule a follow-up appointment with the dean of students to discuss your concerns.

 

Student Accessibility Services Initial Application and Forms

Accessibility Services Student Contact Form 

Documentation Guidelines 

ADHD and Psychological Disability Documentation Guidelines 

Arranging Accommodation Services 

Student Responsibilities

Seward County Community College wishes to promote an atmosphere of independence for all students. Students with disabilities are encouraged to become advocates for themselves. For help or support in working to achieve the greatest self-sufficiency please visit the Student Success office.

  • Adhere to all policies regarding academic conduct.
  • Meet and maintain academic standards which have been established by Seward County Community College and its academic departments
  • In a timely manner, submit student application for accommodation services, along with current disability-related documentation to the dean of students located in the Student Success Center
  • Be aware of your rights as a student

 

Laws and Policies Applicable to Students with Disabilities

Seward County Community College complies with both the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, specifically Section 508, and the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990. No recipients of federal funding may discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability solely by reason of that disability. This means that students with disabilities have equal access to all Seward County Community College programs, services and activities

Section 509 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973)     

The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Accessibility Services Guide for Faculty, Staff and Students    

Policy on Accessible Content        

Alternative Media Policies and Procedures   

Student Handbook      

Appeal of Denied Accommodations

Students that have been denied an approved accommodation in the classroom, housing or other program should first discuss their concern with the dean of students in the Academic Success Center. The student may be directed to first have a discussion with the faculty or staff regarding the issue. If needed, the dean of students will meet with the students and the faculty /staff together to problem solve and mediate a resolution.

If the issue is not resolved between the student and the individual denying the approved accommodation, then the student can file a written appeal to the vice president of student services.

Discrimination Complaint

Students who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability should follow the SCCC Student Complaint/Grievance Procedure in the Student Handbook. Complaints should be brought to the attention of the vice president of student services.

Student Accessibility Services Contacts:

Annette P. Hackbarth-Onson
Dean of Students
annette.hackbarthons@sccc.edu
620-417-1106

Patsy Fischer
Advising Coordinator
patsy.fischer@sccc.edu
620-417-1041

Frances Brown
Director of Student Success Center
frances.brown@sccc.edu
620-417-1300

Celeste Donovan
Vice President of Student Services
celeste.donovan@sccc.edu
620-417-1016
 

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