This policy describes the processes and requirements for documenting eligibility for Accommodations due to a disability. For information on how to request approved Accomodations for a specific course, see DRC 4.1: Policy on Requesting Approved Accommodations.
See DRC 1.1: Disability Resource Center Definitions for all relevant definitions as they apply to DRC policies.
A student registering for approval of Accommodations for a disability is required to provide Documentation of the disability to the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Documentation is required for the following three purposes:
Documentation from external sources may include, but is not limited to, educational or medical records, reports, and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, teachers, or other qualified employees of an educational institution. External Documentation will vary in its relevance and value based on the original context, credentials of the evaluator, level of detail provided, and the comprehensiveness of the narrative.
I. Documentation Requirements
A diagnosis related to a disability must be made by a professional with the appropriate credentials for diagnosing/identifying the specific disability. Documentation must include:
DRC staff will determine whether the evaluation Documentation is sufficiently current. The DRC Director or Assistant Director will combine the Documentation with information attained during the intake interview and approve appropriate and reasonable Accommodations on a case-by-case basis.
II. Submitting Documentation
In order for a student with a disability to be approved for Accommodations, the student is required to register for Services through the DRC. The student requesting Accommodations should make an initial appointment with the DRC no less than fourteen (14) Working Days prior to the first class meeting. If the student does not complete registration for Accommodations a minimum of fourteen (14) Working Days prior to the first day of class, the DRC cannot guarantee that all Accommodations will be available on the first day of class.
Prior to the intake interview, the student should create a student profile and upload Documentation of disability within the MyDRC database. DRC staff can assist students in locating the MyDRC database from the Nevada State College website and portal.
If the Documentation provided is not sufficient, in the DRC’s sole discretion subject to applicable law, DRC staff will explain to the student what kind of Documentation is needed. Additionally, the Director or Assistant Director can discuss options for obtaining the necessary Documentation if the student is unsure if the Documentation is available. Options may include, but are not limited to, accessing records from high school, medical or psychiatric Documentation (or a letter on letterhead from the doctor who made the diagnosis or is treating the condition, and who has signed and dated the letter), audiograms, psychological testing reports, and evaluations from state or community agencies and organizations.
III. Accommodations Approval Process
After the student completes the online application for disability services and submits Documentation, DRC staff will review the Documentation and contact the student to schedule an intake interview with the DRC.
During the intake interview, the Director or Assistant Director will engage in an Interactive Discussion with the student. The purpose of the Interactive Discussion is to include important student input and provide the information needed in order to make informed decisions regarding reasonable Accommodations. The Interactive Discussion provides critical information regarding each individual student’s preferred Modality of Communication, which drives decisions about which reasonable Accommodations best address the needs and preferred Modality of Communication of each student.
The type of Accommodation necessary to ensure Equal Access will vary in accordance with the Modality of Communication used by the student; the nature, length, and complexity of the communication involved, including the nature and vocabulary of the student’s individual courses; and the context in which the communication takes place. When determining what type of Accommodation is necessary, the DRC will give primary consideration to the Accomodation the student indicates is most effective. To be effective, Accommodations must be provided in Accessible formats that address the individual and unique needs of each student in a timely manner and in such a way as to protect the privacy and independence of the student. To be effective, Accommodations, are not required to produce the identical result or level of achievement for individuals with and without disabilities, but must afford Equal Access.
IV. Reconsideration of Approved Accommodations
Students with disabilities who wish to request reconsideration of the reasonable Accommodations that have been approved by the DRC may do so on an informal basis by scheduling an appointment with the Director or Assistant Director to review the approved Accommodations.
A. Timeline for Requesting Reconsideration
Typically, a request for a revision to approved Accommodations should be made within the first two (2) weeks of a term. However, there are occasions when the need to revise approved Accommodations may not become apparent until later in a term.
B. Reconsideration Process
The DRC Director and/or Assistant Director shall review the student’s request and the supporting disability Documentation, engage in an Interactive Discussion with the student, and make any revisions the DRC Director or Assistant Director determines are appropriate.
If additional information is required before a decision can be made, the DRC may temporarily provide the revised Accommodations for a specified period of time if deemed appropriate by the DRC Director or Assistant Director. This temporary revision to Accommodations does not imply that the revisions will be approved on a permanent basis. If a student granted a temporary revision to Accommodations does not comply with requests to produce additional information or Documentation by the date specified, the DRC Director may determine it is not appropriate to extend the temporary Accommodations beyond the end of the specified period of time for temporary Accommodations.
In some cases it is necessary for the DRC Director or Assistant Director to consult with a faculty member to determine which Accommodations are reasonable for a specific class. Decisions about reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis and should take into account the fundamental elements (as documented in core competencies, learning outcomes, and metrics) of each class as well as the impact of the disability on the individual student.
If a student’s concerns are not resolved during the informal process of meeting with the DRC Director or Assistant Director, the student may file a formal grievance. Additional information on the grievance procedure is provided in DRC 10: Disability Services Grievance Policy.
Replaces DRC 3 – Eligibility and Documentation Policy_06.05.2019.
Approved by Sharneé Walker, DRC Director, January 15, 2020.