Current Accessibility Services Students

FAQ

  • The only thing students are required to share with faculty is their Accommodation Plan. Students are not required to share the nature of their disability with their faculty members. If a faculty member requests documentation of your disability or asks you share the nature of your disability, you are within your rights to refuse them and direct them to the Accessibility Services Coordinator.
  • If you are comfortable sharing the nature of your disability, you are more than welcome to do so, but you should never give your disability documentation to your instructors at any time due to the sensitive nature of the documentation.
  • If a faculty member asks for that sort of information, we highly encourage you to report this to the Accessibility Services Coordinator (avery.cook@sctcc.edu or Office: 1-454). The coordinator will meet with the instructor and reassure them that if a student has an accommodation plan that have been thoroughly assessed and approved for services.

To change or update your Accommodation Plan, please set up a Check in Meeting with the Accessibility Services Coordinator by using this scheduling link.

In this meeting, explain to the coordinator the changes you would like to make and how those changes would benefit your academic journey. The coordinator will support you in finding accommodations to support the changes you are looking for and support you in implementing them.

  • To implement your accommodations, you must email your accommodations plan (found in the Web-Portal) to your faculty. Please CC Accessibility Services on that email. Once your instructor has received the email, your accommodations will be in place for that class.
  • Accessibility Services highly recommends meeting with your faculty and working together to figure out the best methods for implementing your accommodations alongside their semester lesson plans. You are not required to share your disability with your faculty.
  • If you have accommodations that require Accessibility Services (for example: testing accommodations, interpreting accommodations, universal furniture accommodations, etc.) please contact the Accommodations Specialist (acc@sctcc.edu) or drop by the office (Room 1-452) to get support and next steps.

Simply email your faculty members a copy of your accommodation plan and CC Accessibility Services in that email. Once your instructor has received the email, your accommodations will be in place for that class.

Accommodations labeled “Consideration for…” are accommodations that are appropriate from a disability perspective but may not be justifiable from a course learning perspective depending on the situation that it is being requested. These accommodations are meant to be evaluated by the instructor on a case-by-case basis and not as an overall waive of class policy or procedure for the semester.

Instructors may not deny a “Consideration for…” accommodation for the entire semester but may deny a student’s request to utilize that accommodation on a case-by-case basis after discussing the specific situation with Accessibility Services. Instructors do not need to go through Accessibility Services to approve a “Consideration for…” accommodation. 

For example:

  • If you provide an instructor an accommodation plan that reads “Consideration for Reasonable Extension on Assignments”, they should not respond with “No, unfortunately I do not take late work”.
  • However, if you provided an instructor with that same plan and then requested an extension on a specific assignment, the instructor must consider your request and determine if it is reasonable. If they determine it is – they will approve your extension. If they believe it isn’t – then the Instructor and the Accessibility Coordinator would work together to determine the reasonability of the extension request and make a collaborative decision.

Situation Example: Using the same example as above, let’s say that due to your chronic migraines you were unable to complete a discussion post that was assigned yesterday and due today. Seeing as you only had a 24-hour turn around for the assignment and your disability impacted your ability to complete the assignment, that would most likely be approved for a reasonable extension.

However, if you had 4 weeks to complete the assignment, but had one of your chronic migraines the day before the assignment was due, that would most likely not be approved for a reasonable extension as you had plenty of time before hand to turn in the assigment before your migraine occurred.

Students with “Consideration for…” accommodations are expected to connect to the instructor, either directly or through Accessibility Services, each time they would like to request use of that accommodation. Please note even if you have been previously denied an extension, you are still allowed to ask for other extensions per your accommodation plan. Instructors must consider each request you submit to them.

If you feel that you have been unreasonably denied your accommodation, please email the Accessibility Services Coordinator, Avery, at avery.cook@sctcc.edu.

  • It is the policy of Accessibility Services for students to email their accommodation plans to their faculty members and CC-ing Accessibility Services in those emails. Since accommodations cannot be retroactively applied, sending your accommodations in an email format provide a date and time that the plan was sent to instructors. This allows us to be sure that accommodations are being implemented accurately as well as promote transparency and student self-advocacy in the accommodations process.
  • Please note, if you chose not to receive accommodations in a certain class, you need not send them your accommodation plan.

Confidentiality

  • The Web-Portal is a centralized location for all your forms and resources that support your accommodation plan. You will need access to your StarID and password to utilize the Web-Portal. To access the Web-Portal, follow these steps:

Resources for Current Accessibility Services Students

If you are finding some trouble utilizing your accommodations, please schedule an Accommodation Support Meeting by going to our Bookings page here. This meeting would be a short (30 min or less) meeting with Dean Wulfekuhle, our Accommodations Specialist, to get support with or answer questions regarding one of the following:

  • Testing Scheduling
  • Volunteer NoteTaker Requests
  • Kurzweil
  • Alternative Format Testing
  • Alternative Format Textbooks
  • Assistive Technology (e.g., Smart Pens)

This meeting can be held either in person or online via Zoom. Any SCTCC student currently registered with Accessibility Services may use this service.

If you are wanting to check in with Accessibility Services, schedule a Check-In Meeting by going to our Bookings page here. This meeting would be a short (30 min or less) check in with Avery Cook, the Accessibility Services Coordinator.

Check-in meetings can cover a range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Updating your accommodation plan
  • On-campus accessibility concerns
  • Instructor accessibility concerns
  • Resource referrals
  • Questions about Accessibility Services
  • Time management skills coaching
  • Organizational skills coaching
  • And more!

This meeting can be held either in person or online via Zoom. Any SCTCC student currently registered with Accessibility Services may use this service.

*Third party links are not monitored by SCTCC. If a link is broken, redirects you, or is no longer what is listed here, please contact Accessibility Services to get the link updated or removed. Thanks!

*Third party links are not monitored by SCTCC. If a link is broken, redirects you, or is no longer what is listed here, please contact Accessibility Services to get the link updated or removed. Thanks!


If you are a current student and are looking to connect with Accessibility Services, please follow this link to schedule a meeting. For questions or concerns regarding accessing your accommodations, please schedule an Accommodations Support Meeting with Dean. For any other questions or concerns, please schedule a Check In Meeting with Avery.

Accessibility Services Web Portal

Contact Us
 

Avery Cook
Accessibility Services Coordinator

320-308-5064 or 1-800-222-1009 - TTY users dial MN Relay at 711
Fax:  320-308-5981 Attn: Accessibility Services
Email | avery.cook@sctcc.edu

 

Dean Wulfekuhle
Accommodations Specialist,
Accessibility Services 
Office: 1-452
320-308-5757 | acc@sctcc.edu

 

Anne Rhodes, N.I.C., Interpreter Coordinator
Office: 1-454
320-308-5046 | arhodes@sctcc.edu