Typical Accommodations

What's Available at the College?

It is the college's responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations so that students with a disability have the opportunity to participate in all classes, activities and services open to the campus community. In order for this to occur, students must register with the disability services counselor, request special services in a timely manner, and provide acceptable documentation of their disability. Services and accommodations will be determined on an individual basis by the disability services counselor, based on all available information. The following are examples of the services, accommodations, and modifications that are most commonly provided.


An interpreter/signer will be provided as needed, and with no cost to the student, for all classes and related college activities. Students must request this service prior to the start of each semester and sign the Agreement for Interpreting Services. Note that students sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) must request an interpreter through their VESID counselor.

Note Takers

Each professor will appoint a classmate to take notes. Typically, special carbonized notepaper will be used although notes can also be copied in the departmental office.

Tape-Recorded Classes

Students may be allowed to tape record their classes, including both lectures and discussions. Students are responsible for supplying their own tape recorder and tapes. Note that recordings are strictly for the purpose of reviewing course material and should therefore be erased or destroyed at the end of the semester.

Use of a Calculator

The use of a calculator may be permitted for all math classes, with the exception of certain topics in MAT001 (Developmental Mathematics Skills) where the emphasis is computational in nature.

Use of a Scribe

A scribe (i.e., writer) may be provided for in-class writing assignments and exams.


Students may be provided with special seating arrangements, such as seating in the front of the room or a special chair.

Special Testing Conditions

Special testing conditions may be provided as follows:

  • extended time – typically in the amount of time and a half
  • readers/writers – students may be provided with someone to read or write an exam for them
  • alternate testing location – students may be allowed to take their exams in a separate location, such as a special testing center or the instructor's office
  • spell checker – students may be allowed to use a word processor or spell checker for essay exams. Alternately, the instructor may be advised to omit spelling from the grading process