DRC 2 Disability Resource Center Overview of Policies and Procedures - Nevada State College
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DRC 2 Disability Resource Center Overview of Policies and Procedures

  • category:
    All Policies
    Disability Services
    Student Affairs
  • Policy Id#:
    DRC 2
  • Effective Date:
    06/05/2019

POLICY STATEMENT

This policy clarifies eligibility criteria for disability services at Nevada State College, as well as the respective rights and responsibilities of the DRC, students, and faculty.

DEFINITIONS

See DRC 1: Disability Resource Center Definitions for all relevant definitions as they apply to DRC policies.

PROCEDURES

I. Disability Resource Center Mission Statement

The Nevada State College Disability Resource Center (DRC) 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:

II. Legal Requirements

It is the 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 affect higher education and disability. These include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the ADAAA.

Section 504 Act states, “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 for 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 ADAAA provides further clarification of who qualifies as an Individual with a Disability. It also provides information on Service Animals, personal mobility devices, and Documentation standards.

None of Section 504, the ADA, or the ADAAA requires colleges to lower academic standards or substantially alter the essential fundamental elements of courses or programs to accommodate students with disabilities. The requirement 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.

III. Student Rights and Responsibilities

A student with a disability has a right to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs offered at Nevada State College. To ensure an efficient working relationship with the College’s DRC, students are urged to take an active role in applying for reasonable Accommodations. To protect this right, a Nevada State College student with a disability:

IV. Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

For many faculty members, having a student with a disability in class poses new and unique opportunities, privileges, and challenges. Faculty have both rights and responsibilities when working with student with disabilities. The information provided below is designed to assist faculty in facilitating the process of integrating students with disabilities into the college environment.
Faculty:

V. NSC Disability Resource Center Rights and Responsibilities

The DRC is responsible for maintaining confidential student disability records and coordinating reasonable Accommodations and Services for students with disabilities. For some students this may involve a combination of student support services (e.g., tutoring, advising) and Accommodations. For others, a single Accommodation is all that may be required. The DRC Director oversees the scope of support services needed by an individual student. As a part of this process, the DRC:

VI. Confidentiality

Records related to disabilities are considered to be highly confidential. The purpose of such confidentiality is to protect the student from discrimination on the basis of disability as well as to ensure that the student’s medical records are not released except as needed to provide educational services. The DRC is responsible for collecting and maintaining these records, and only DRC personnel have direct access to the files. Disability-related information should be shared only when there is a legitimate educational need to know, and then only limited information shall be shared and only with designated college administrators. The DRC Director determines when it is appropriate to share information about students’ disabilities and/or Accommodations and ensures that FERPA, HIPAA, and primary guidelines are followed. In addition, the DRC may not share the nature of a student’s disability with faculty.

A. Confidentiality and Parents of Students with Disabilities

Within the postsecondary education environment, DRC staff and other College employees may communicate only with the student who is an adult. Parents are not authorized to contact the DRC or try to complete Accommodations processes on behalf of a student, and the DRC is not able to work with parents who attempt to do so. It is the student’s right and responsibility to self-identify. If the student wants parents involved, the student may invite them to attend appointments. In that case, the student must complete the DRC’s release form granting permission for a parent to have access to information about their Accomodations and College-related information.

Confidentiality also extends to faculty, who may not share information with parents.

B. Limits to Confidentiality

Exceptions to the protection of confidentiality include the following:

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

None

RELATED INFORMATION

HISTORY

Not applicable.

APPROVALS

Approved by Sharneé Walker, DRC Director, June 5, 2019.

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