It is the legal right of the college under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to request documentation to verify the existence of a disability to assist in determining a student's need or eligibility for services or assistive technology to minimize the impact of the disability.
In order to insure that reasonable accommodations are provided to students with disabilities, students are required to submit proper documentation of their disability to the Disability Support Services Office or the Student Support Services Office. This documentation is not part of the student’s college record and is maintained in confidential files in the DSS or SSSP offices. Documentation will be kept for five years; then it will be destroyed, unless the student requests that it be returned to them.
In the following pages, guidelines for specific disabilities are provided to assist students in obtaining appropriate documentation from a qualified professional. Documentation informs the DSS or SSSP counselors of the nature of the student's disability and the impact of the disability on the student's functioning. This information assists the counselor assigned to the student in determining the student's accommodation needs.
It is in the student's best interest to submit their documentation to the DSS or SSSP office at least two weeks prior to the start of classes in order that services and accommodations can be arranged before classes begin.
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