The Disability Services for Students (DSS) office is part of the Opportunity and Outreach Programs unit within the Division of Student Affairs. DSS Coordinators and support staff are available on each of CCRI’s four main campuses to meet with students and to help provide the necessary and reasonable accommodations that students need to be successful. In addition, the DSS office serves as an information resource to faculty, providing awareness and guidance for how to best ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities without compromising academic standards. The DSS office works to dispel negative and limiting stereotypes and promotes a campus environment that is sensitive, accepting and responsive to the needs and contributions of all CCRI students.
The Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at CCRI recognizes disability as a form of cultural diversity and works to foster an inclusive environment for all students in the higher education community through education, awareness, and accessibility.
The mission is accomplished by:
DSS staff and personnel strive to uphold and advance the aspirational goals outlined in the Association of Higher Education and Disability’s Code of Ethics. A DSS professional’s daily conduct and practice of disability service provision are guided by the following principles:
The DSS office at CCRI is committed to documenting and assessing the quality and cost effectiveness of its programs and services. DSS will maintain data on categories of disabilities represented by students, track the specific support services and types of accommodations offered on campus, and track student outcomes through annual follow-up surveys and exit questionnaires.
The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates disclosure of disability documentation and records maintained by the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office. Under this Federal act, prior written consent by the student is required before DSS may release disability documentation or records. DSS staff and personnel are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of disability documentation.
FERPA allows the release of records without consent to specific parties and under certain conditions, including compliance with a judicial order or in cases of health and safety emergencies. For more detailed information about FERPA, please refer to the following U.S. Department of Education's website at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.
In addition to the potential release of records under certain conditions as outlined in FERPA, the DSS office, with written student consent, may communicate with others at CCRI or in the community, in order to secure delivery of disability services and accommodations. These instances could include such things as:
The amount of information that may be released is determined case by case, in the context of the service being coordinated.
After five (5) years of no contact with a student, the Disability Services for Students office will shred all documentation.
A student may request a copy of his/her records, including copies of disability documentation, at any time. The request must be made in writing, with the preferred mode of receipt and applicable address specified in the request.