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Student Rights & Responsibilities

Student Rights

  • My participation in Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) shall be entirely voluntary

  • Receiving support services or instruction authorized through DSP&S shall not preclude me from participating in any other course, program, or activity offered by the college

  • All records maintained by the DSPS office pertaining to students with disabilities shall remain confidentiaI

  • I have the right to appeal an accommodation with Sandi Burnett, ADA Compliance Officer at or 310-434-4442

Student Responsibilities

  •  Provide documentation of a verified disability

  • Meet with a DSPS counselor or LD specialist to request services and accommodations every term

  • Update the student educational contract annually

  • Utilize DPSP services in a responsible manner and adhere to the policies and procedures for continuation of services (i.e. sign language interpreting/captioning, note taking, test accommodations)

  • Comply with the SMC Student Conduct Code and all other applicable laws and regulations related to student conduct, as detailed in the college catalogue

  • Make measurable progress toward the goals established in my Student Educational Contract or meet academic standards established by the college

  • Notify the appropriate DSPS staff member of any changes in service plan. Changes may include but not limited to absence from class, change of time and meeting of class, or when class is cancelled

  • Accommodations are not retroactive and are determined on a case by case basis

  • When appropriate, student is responsible for contacting all instructors, in a timely manner, to discuss agreed-upon adjustments

  • Inform DSPS counselor or Learning Specialist if an agreed-upon adjustment does not work in a timely manner





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