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Student Responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the same responsibilities as any other students to meet and maintain LSCPA’s academic and technical standards.  They have the responsibility to advocate for their individual needs and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary to be effective self-advocates.  Students should have knowledge about their disability, their strengths and weaknesses, and how their disability impacts and functionally limits their activities.

Students are responsible for notifying the ODS Coordinator of their disability, the need for accommodations, and for obtaining and providing documentation of their disability from a qualified, licensed professional.  Students are responsible for paying for the cost of their assessments/evaluations/medical tests.

Accommodations are provided on a semester-by-semester basis.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the accommodations memos from the ODS Coordinator each semester they attend courses at LSCPA. 

The student is responsible for delivering the accommodations memos provided by the ODS Coordinator, to each instructor.  Students are encouraged to meet with their instructors to discuss the assigned accommodations and answer questions the instructors may have.  Students are also encouraged to meet with their instructors during the instructor’s office hours as listed on the course’s syllabus to protect their confidentiality.  The student must give the accommodations memo to all his/her instructors, every semester so the instructors will know what to provide for you.  If the instructor does not receive a memo, then the instructor will not provide the accommodations.

The student is responsible for contacting individual faculty members to obtain lists and information about course materials to request materials in an alternative format from the ODS.  Please keep in mind, some materials may take up to three (3) or more weeks to arrive once they are ordered, so it is important to plan ahead and request those materials early for them to arrive before the first class day each semester.

The primary responsibility for accommodations belongs to the student and a student’s grades reflect the quality of their work.  Staff, services, accommodations, and equipment are here to ensure access for the opportunity of achieving the student’s educational goals, but the student is responsible for his/her success or failure in reaching those goals.

All students with or without disabilities are required to follow the Code of Conduct as explained in the LSCPA Student Handbook.  Classroom disruptions or disruptions of the learning environment, that place an undue burden on the faculty or staff at LSCPA, or that distract the other students in the specific course(s) from hearing and focusing on the lecture, participating in class or concentrating when completing in-class assignments or tests may result in the intervention of security personnel, a review of the student’s records by LSCPA administration and staff, and his/her subsequent withdrawal from the college.

In summary, students with disabilities are responsible for

  • notifying the ODS Coordinator of their disability and the need for accommodations
  • obtaining and providing documentation of their disability from a qualified, licensed professional 
  • paying the cost of their assessments/evaluations/ medical tests
  • delivering accommodations memos provided by the ODS Coordinator to each instructor each semester during instructor’s office hours
  • obtaining information about course materials from faculty and requesting the materials in an alternative format from ODS
  • retrieve, care for, and promptly return any AT equipment, and
  • timely notifying ODS of any changes warranting different or additional accommodations and submitting documentation supporting the need.

The ODS Coordinator is available for consultation if any questions or problems arise.