AR 5140 Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)

References:
Title 5 Sections 56000 et. seq. And 56027;
Americans with Disabilities Act;
Sections 504 and 508 Rehabilitation Act

The District maintains a plan for the provision of programs and services for students with disabilities which is designed to assure equal access to District courses, programs and activities.

Access

The Chief Director of Business Services or designee maintains a plan and procedures to assure equal access to facilities and equipment at all campus locations.

The Chief Director of Information Technology or designee maintains a plan and procedures to assure equal access to electronic and information technology, instructional programs, and information at all campus locations.

The Vice-Presidents of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs or designee(s) maintains a plan and procedures to assure equal access to instructional programs, student activities, and educational support services at all campus locations.

Students who request accommodations or services on the basis of a disability will be required to submit documentation of the disability to a certificated staff in the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) Department. The certificated staff will review the documentation and current functional limitations through an interactive process with the student. The certificated staff will determine and document whether or not the request is reasonable and assure timely delivery of reasonable accommodations, if applicable. If the disability and current functional limitations are verified, the student will be eligible to participate in the DSPS Program.

Due Process

The District policy statement covering nondiscrimination on the basis of a disability will be disseminated to students through the schedule of classes, catalog, publications, and the District website.

The Title IX/ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator or designee will maintain a Student Rights and Grievance procedure for students enrolled in a District program who wish to file a grievance to resolve allegations of discrimination based on a disability.  This procedure will be disseminated to students through the schedule of classes, catalog, publications, and the District website.

The ADA/504 Compliance Officer maintains a plan for impartially responding to the student grievance procedure that outlines the District’s obligation to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.

Standards

The DSPS Director or designee maintains a plan and procedures that address standards for delivery of programs and services for students with disabilities.

Service Provision

The DSPS Director or designee maintains a DSPS plan and procedures which include, but are not limited to:

  • Mission, philosophy, and purpose
  • Long-range goals, short-term objectives
  • Action plan, program, evaluation
  • Definition of disability, limitation, and eligibility
  • Verification of disability
  • Availability of support services and instruction
  • Suspension of services
  • Requests for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and services
  • Requests for course substitutions and waivers
  • Staffing
  • Procedure for timely response to accommodation requests involving academic adjustments which, at a minimum, provides for an individualized review of each such request, and permits interim decisions on such requests pending final resolution by the appropriate administrator or designee
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) is developed by a DSPS certificated staff in consultation with the student
  • Advisory committee

Student Rights

The DSPS Director or designee maintains a plan and procedures for informing students of their rights as a student with a disability.

The DSPS Director maintains a plan and procedures for maintaining disability-related student records.

Funding

The Chief Director of Business Services maintains a plan and procedures for appropriately funding accommodations, programs and services for students with disabilities.