Academic Adjustment Policy for Students with DisabilitiesIt is Marin Community College District policy to provide equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities in accordance with the state and federal law and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title 5 of the California Administrative Code. Pursuant to Title 5, the District has developed the Disabled Students Program and Services department to assist students with disabilities in securing appropriate instruction, academic adjustments and auxiliary aids.
The Disabled Students Program will work in collaboration with a student to determine what academic adjustments are needed through an individualized interactive process that may include various assessments. The DSPS department primarily serves the student population but will also serve as a resource for faculty members who become responsible for providing academic access to students with disabilities. The goal of the Disabled Students Program is to promote independence, inclusion, and self-advocacy, and provide supportive services for students with disabilities.
The Marin Community College District provides a process for students with disabilities that request academic adjustments. DSPS is the designated campus office that works with students to confirm they have a documented disability that impacts their ability to access educational programs. DSPS will determine the appropriateness of a requested academic adjustment on an individualized basis, as well as exploring alternate and additional services. Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to contact the Disabled Students Program to investigate possible resources, establish the need for specific services and make arrangements to obtain particular academic adjustments.
To ensure equity of access for students with disabilities, the most appropriate, least restrictive and reasonable academic adjustment and auxiliary aids shall be provided. For each individual student the academic adjustment shall address those functional limitations of the disability that adversely affect equal educational opportunity. The academic adjustments shall be delivered in a timely manner, effectively support the student's access, and be open for review. These academic adjustments shall not fundamentally alter the content or requirements of the class.