Community College of Rhode Island

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Rights and Responsibilities

Every student with a documented disability has the following rights:

  • Reasonable access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the College.
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Appropriate confidentiality pertaining to his/her disability.

Every student with a disability has the responsibility to:

  • Meet the College's qualifications and essential technical, academic, and institutional standards.
  • Identify in advance the need for accommodation.
  • Provide complete and appropriate documentation as described in the Documentation Guidelines section.
  • Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.

Appeal Procedures

Upon rare occasion, agreement about reasonable accommodation cannot be reached. In such cases, the following steps should be followed:

  • The student or College member should contact the DSS Coordinator on their campus. The DSS Coordinator will attempt to facilitate a mutually acceptable accommodation agreement.
  • If no acceptable agreement can be reached, the request for reconsideration will be forwarded to the Assistant Dean, College Support Programs for review and resolution.
  • If no acceptable agreement is reached at this level, the issue will be submitted to the Associate Dean, Office of Opportunity and Outreach and/or the Vice-President for Student Affairs.
  • The Associate Dean and/or Vice President will review the information received, request additional information if necessary, and make a final decision.
  • The Vice President will transmit a decision to the student, the College member and the Assistant Dean, College Support Programs.
  • Should the resolution prove unsatisfactory, the student or college member may contact the College’s ADA/504 Coordinator.
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Last Updated: 11/12/14