EICC Educational Accommodations Policy

Policy Statement


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges endorses the principle of equal educational opportunities for all people, regardless of disability, in the educational programs or activities it operatesEmpowerment of the student, versus dependence on the system shall be the philosophy governing decisions andservices.

EICC is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities are not denied access to, the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity because of the absence of auxiliary aids or services.  The evaluation of student performance, including course examinations and other measures of student achievement, will be provided with appropriate accommodations to ensure the evaluation represents the student’s achievement in the course, rather than reflecting the impact of the student’s disability.  Documentation of the eligibility for accommodation is required and will be maintained in confidential files. The Disability Service Provider on each campus is qualified and authorized to determine accommodations. Referrals to Adult Service Agencies may be utilized to assist students in acquiring additional services.

The District Educational Accommodations Policy is as follows:

 

  1. Documentation of Disability:

    Documentation must verify that the individual is a person with a disability as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and 2010.  Eastern Iowa Community College District requires that students with disabilities who request accommodations provide adequate documentation from an appropriately credentialed professional. Credentialed professionals may include, but are not limited to, physicians, psychologists, audiologists, or other licensed authorities as determined by the type of disability.

    Documentation must establish the need for an accommodation in order for the individual to have full access to educational opportunities.

    Documentation must be current. Currency is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current impact of the disability on the student, and the student’s request for accommodations.

    EICC and its designated Disability Service Providers on each campus are responsible for the implementation of the accommodation policy in cooperation with faculty and staff.
  1. Confidentiality

    Disability documentation and information is considered confidential (as per Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title I of the ADA).  This information will be held in the office of the Disability Service Provider on each campus.  It is to be kept in secure files with limited access and is to be shared on a need-to-know basis.
  1. Accommodations

    It is the responsibility of the individual with a disability to initiate contact with the Disability Service Provider to request academic accommodations.

    Classroom/testing accommodations or other necessary arrangements are determined by the Disability Service Providers on each campus.  A written set of accommodations is developed for each individual who meets the definition of an “individual with a disability” and is “otherwise qualified.”  Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are formulated on ow the disability impacts access to educational services and activities. Reasonable accommodations may vary from student to student based on the needs of the particular individual requesting an accommodation.
  1. Course Substitution

    Course substitution may be considered an accommodation based on the nature and severity of the disability, but only when making the substitution would not substantially change an essential element of the curriculum. To be eligible to apply under this policy, the student must meet the requisite academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the program major.
  1. “Full-time status” designation for reduced load

    Full-time status may be designated to a student with a documented disability who is carrying a reduced load for the purpose of health insurance, academic honors, and scholarship awards.  Full-time designation under these circumstances does not impact Federal Financial Aid guidelines. Student requests for full-time status designation are to be submitted to the Disability Service Provider who will make recommendations to the Dean of Student Development after careful review of the documentation.
  1. Appeal

    Any individual (student/staff/faculty) may question an accommodation or the response/lack of response to a disability related request through the Disability Service Providers through an informal appeal process.

    If the question is not resolved through the informal process, the individual may formally appeal in writing, within two weeks, to the Dean of Students Development (for student appeals) or the Dean of Academic Affairs (for staff and faculty appeals) for resolution.
  1. Technology

    EICC is committed to providing access to technology and technology-based educational opportunities for students with disabilities.