3.10 Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of the college to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This section states, “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual . . . shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The college assures that students who have disabilities will have an equal opportunity to achieve academically in the most integrated setting possible.

To support these assurances, the college will provide, upon request of the student, the necessary supplemental services, academic assistance, and advocacy services, including:

  1. Transition assistance, career counseling and assessment, personal issues counseling and referral services.
  2. Program advising, assistance with course selection, early syllabus availability, testing assistance and modification, and individual or small group tutoring.
  3. Availability of the Support Services Coordinator and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, as contact persons for students needing services, intervention assistance, or for grievance procedures.

Qualified students are expected to give sufficient advance notice to the college in order to give the various service areas a reasonable time in which to evaluate and respond to requests. Requests should be directed to the Support Services Coordinator, at 320-762-4673/V or 320-762-4628/TTY.

Eligibility for services and types of services will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Students able to document a disability through a recent assessment will be provided services determined to be necessary and most effective at no cost to the student. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to seek available assistance at the Alexandria Technical & Community College and to make their needs known.

If a student feels his/her rights have been violated with regard to Section 504 or ADA, he/she should contact the Support Services Coordinator at 320-762-4673/V or 320-762-4628/TTY.

Support Services provides and coordinates services to students in order to accommodate their disabilities and promote educational opportunities. The Support Services Department is located in the Information Commons.

Students with the following disabilities are those typically served by Alexandria Technical & Community College. State or federal disability law does not cover students with an impairment unless they have an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity and are qualified students.

  • Learning disability
  • Blind
  • Limited vision
  • Deaf
  • Hard of hearing
  • Mobility disability
  • Speech disability
  • Systemic disability
  • Chemical dependency disability
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • ABI—Acquired Brain Injury/TBI—Traumatic Brain Injury
  • ADHD/ADD—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Mental Impairment

Students with disabilities requesting services should:

  • Contact the Support Services Coordinator
  • Provide documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Meet with Support Services Coordinator to develop an Accommodation Plan

A student in need of accommodations must provide information and documentation several weeks in advance of the start of the semester to allow time for the development and arrangement of appropriate accommodations. Sign language interpreters are available upon request. In cases where a sign language interpreter or books on tape are required, a minimum of six weeks’ advance notice is required. A notification received less than six weeks prior to the start of the semester may mean that interpreting/taping services cannot be provided in a timely manner.

Accommodations are individualized and flexible, based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment. Accommodations cannot be retroactive, and begin only after documentation is received and reasonable time for accommodation development has been allowed. ADA does not require colleges to provide personal attendants, individual personal tutors or personal assistive technology.

Students suspecting/reporting a disability or learning/attention difficulties but have no prior record or assessment of such are given referrals for comprehensive and diagnostic testing in the community. Any testing/assessment costs are the student’s responsibility.

For further information, contact the Support Services Coordinator.

Approved by: Leadership Council
Effective Date: 1/29/07
Last Date Revised: 1/29/07