DSPS Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights

  • Participation in the Department of Supportive Programs and Services (DSPS) shall be entirely voluntary.
  • Receiving support services or instruction through DSPS shall not preclude a student from also participating in any other course, program or activity offered by the college or from receiving basic accommodations required by state and federal law.
  • All records maintained by DSPS personnel pertaining to a student’s disability(ies) shall be protected from disclosure and shall be subject to all other requirements pertaining to the handling of student records.
  • A student may file an appeal if the student feels he/she has been denied adequate or appropriate accommodations, or has been discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Student Responsibilities

  • Provide DSPS with the necessary information, documentation, and/or required forms (medical, educational, etc.) verifying the student’s disability(ies).
  • Meet with a certificated DSPS Specialist to complete an initial Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP). Students must also consult with DSPS staff each additional semester to ensure that accommodations and services are in place.
  • Use DSPS in a responsible manner and adhere to the policies and procedures for continuation of services.
  • Comply with the Student Code of Conduct adopted by the College.
  • Demonstrate measurable progress toward academic goals and meet the academic standards established by the college.
  • Notify DSPS of any changes in services or accommodations needed. Changes may include, but are not limited to: absence from a class in which services are provided; added, dropped, or canceled class; or change of day/time/location of class.
  • When appropriate, contact instructors, in a timely manner, to discuss or notify of agreed-upon adjustments, services, or accommodations provided within the student’s AAP.
  • Notify DSPS certificated staff if an accommodation or service is ineffective or unnecessary.