How Does a Student Receive Services?
Disability Support Services are obtained through the Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), located in the Monahan Library of Knowles Hall. There are various factors involved in determining a student's eligibility. To receive services and accommodations at NJC or to get information regarding eligibility of services, a student must notify the institution's Transitions Specialist and initiate the process for determining their eligibility for accommodations.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section #504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the CLC coordinates the efforts of Northeastern Junior College to provide full access to educational, cultural and other programs sponsored by the college for any qualified student with a disability.
To receive accommodations at NJC, a student must provide current documentation from an appropriate licensed professional regarding their disability and its impact in an academic setting. Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) and 504 Plans are accepted by NJC as relevant documentation, although these documents do not guarantee any specific accommodation.
Sufficient documentation must:
- State the specific disability, as diagnosed;
- Be current. In most cases, the evaluation and testing should be completed within five years of the request for accommodations. For learning disabilities, evaluation and testing should be completed within three years. For psychiatric disabilities, an annual evaluation update must be within twelve months of the request.
- Provide relevant educational, developmental, and medical history;
- Describe the comprehensive testing and techniques used to arrive at the diagnosis, including evaluation date[s] and test results with subtests scores. For example-for a student with a learning disability, measures of cognitive ability, academic achievement, and information processing are usually necessary.
- Describe the functional limitations (how the disability impacts learning)
- Describe the specific accommodations requested. State why the disability qualifies the student for such accommodations.
- Establish the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification and area of specialization.
Northeastern Junior College has the right to deny any request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted, or if a student fails to provide appropriate documentation.
The cost of obtaining documentation is the responsibility of the student. If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and reasonable accommodations, NJC has the discretion to require additional documentation, which cost is also the responsibility of the student.
General services for students with disabilities includes academic counseling, academic advising, consulting with faculty regarding educational needs of students, community referrals, information on community resources, general guidance, and evaluating assessments and other documentation to determine reasonable accommodations.
Examples of Possible Accommodations:
- Extended time to take tests
- Alternative testing area
- Reader for tests
- Note-taker for classes
- Preferential seating in class
(Specific accommodations depend on the disability, how an individual is affected by their disability and other regulations of current laws and legislation.)
Examples of Modifications that are not typically offered at NJC:
- Changing assignment requirements
- Alteration of grading scales
- Variation of degree requirements
- Any accommodation that will require a substantial change to course, activity, program, policy, or procedure
The purpose of accommodations is to allow the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge of the subject matter rather than measure the disability. Accommodations are not provided to lower program and/or class standards, but to “level the playing field” and prevent intentional or unintentional discrimination against persons with disabilities.
Rights and Responsibilities
In addition to providing notification and documenting the need for accommodation(s), students with disabilities also have the following rights and responsibilities:
- to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from courses, programs, or services;
- to an equal opportunity to work and to learn, to receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services; and
- to expect all disability-related information to be treated as confidential and the assurance that all disability-related records maintained separately from college records; and
- to receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner.
- provide current documentation of a disability to the Comprehensive Learning Center;
- meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services or activities;
- initiate all requests for accommodations and services and to request accommodations at the beginning of each semester;
- maintain clear and open communication with instructors and the transition specialist;
- attend classes regularly; and
- meet academic standards required for admission or participation in any educational program, as well as adhere to the NJC student code of conduct.
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