DRC Policies and Office Practices

The Nevada State College Disability Resource Center ensures that all students with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to access the same educational opportunities, receive the same information, engage in the same interactions, and be empowered to enjoy the same college experience as students without disabilities by:

  • Promoting self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and independence;
  • Ensuring that students with disabilities are afforded reasonable and timely accommodations;
  • Assisting the campus community in identifying barriers to accessibility and solutions for providing accessible facilities, courses, events and activities;
  • Utilizing and teaching Universal Design principles;
  • Facilitating a campus culture of inclusion and awareness.

Legal Requirements

It is policy of Nevada State College to comply with the fundamental principles of nondiscrimination and accommodation in academic programs as set forth in the primary laws that effect higher education and disability. These include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act (ADAAA) (as amended in 2008).
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states that, “No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States …shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Section 504 defines a person with a disability as “Any person who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  2. Has a record of such an impairment;
  3. Is regarded as having such impairment.”

At Nevada State College, a “qualified person with a disability” is defined as one who meets the above definition of a person with a disability and who: “Meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by NSC.”

Section 504 further states that an institution … “shall make such modifications (reasonable accommodations) to its academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discrimination on the basis of handicap, against a qualified handicapped applicant or student … Modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted of the completion of degree requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.” Accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that each accommodation is both effective and reasonable.
The Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) of 2008 provided further clarification of the definition of who qualifies as an individual with a disability. It further provided information on services animals, personal mobility devices, and documentation standards.

Neither Section 504, the ADA, nor the ADAAA requires colleges to lower their academic standards or substantially alter the essential fundamental elements of their courses or programs to accommodate students with disabilities. The requirements to provide reasonable accommodations is designed to afford an equal opportunity for students with disabilities. Achieving reasonable accommodations for a student with a disability involves shared responsibility among students, faculty, and staff.

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