Who is Eligible for Accommodations?

Students must show evidence of their status as a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and its Amendment Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and its revision of 1974.

Under those laws, a person has a disability if he or she has “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, learning, working, or taking care of oneself), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.”

Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are best determined through an interactive process that most often includes the student with the Student Success staff. Faculty or staff members will be asked to join in the discussion as the situation warrants but are encouraged to ask any questions or request assistance at any time.

How does a student request Accommodations?

There are academic resources available to all TSBC students. However, students who request accommodation on the basis of a diagnosed disability must notify the Academic Deans office in writing. The student will be given an appointment to meets a member of the Student Success team on an individual basis in order to plan the appropriate accommodations.

Students are expected to make accommodation requests in a timely fashion. This process includes but is not limited to the following steps:

1. Contact the Academic Deans Office.
The initial request for accommodations is made to the Academic Deans Office.

2. Meet with Student Success to discuss determination of the status of the student as a person with a disability.
If the student is a person with a disability, the Student Success team, the student, and other involved parties will determine the necessary accommodations. Usually, the student receives a letter verifying the student's disability status and needed accommodations. At this point, the student is responsible for presenting the written request for accommodations to the Academic Dean.  However, the student may request an initial introduction to the Student Success team for collaboration regarding accommodations.

3. Discuss details of the accommodations with faculty and staff members as appropriate.
It is the student's responsibility to follow-up to arrange specific accommodations.  For testing accommodations, students must make arrangements in a timely fashion.

For additional support and/or clarification, please contact the Academic Dean.