Student Disability ServicesThree Rivers College Student Policy 2115 provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students with a disability according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act to ensure that there will be no discrimination on the basis of a disability. Accommodations are adjustments made for students with disabilities to allow the same educational experiences as their peers. The purpose of an accommodation is to attempt to level the educational learning field for students with disabilities.
"No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such a disability, be excluded from the participation in, or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of any public entity, or be subject to discrimination by any such entity."
- Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990 (Section 202)
Services are based on student need. Examples include:
- Entry advising
- Enrollment assistance
- Alternate media (books on tape, e-text, etc)
- Assistive software and technology such as voice recognition software, text magnifier, computers, scanners, assistive listening equipment, etc.
- Priority registration
- Resource referral
- Note takers
- Alternate testing format
To Request Services
Download the Request for Disability Accommodations packet (PDF). This packet contains a welcome letter describing services, FAQ and documentation guidelines, and the request for Disability Accommodations application. Once all forms have been completed and documentation gathered, make an appointment with the Student Services Specialist/Coordinator of Disability Services (573-840-9608 x3738) located on the lower level of the Westover Administration Building. Please plan ahead as some accommodations can take up to six weeks to process.
For New Students:
All new students should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) early in the process, especially if you have questions about what documentation is required for eligibility purposes. Early planning helps to ensure accommodations are in place when classes begin. Academic accommodations are modifications to academic requirements or procedures that are necessary to ensure that qualified students with disabilities receive equal access to education. These modifications should not alter the academic integrity of the course.
Each person is unique in his/her needs, and therefore, services will depend on what each person needs in order to equally participate in the classroom setting. You will need to self-identify to the Office of Disability Services by completing an ODS Accommodation Request Form. The request form for disability services provides ODS staff with preliminary information regarding your disability and requested services. Written documentation which supports your disability will need to be provided in addition to the ODS Accommodation Request Form.
For Returning Students:
Once accepted as a qualified person with a disability, you will not need to reapply for services. Students are required to request the academic accommodations they would like to utilize each semester. To request current semester accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services prior to the beginning of the semester, and we will discuss your course schedule and needed accommodations. Students should periodically review their accommodations to make sure that they still meet their academic needs.
If you would like to discuss revisions to your current accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services. You will need to provide additional supporting documentation if there is a change in your diagnosis.