Room 162, Claremont Main Campus
River Valley Community College is committed to assuring that otherwise-qualified students with disabilities are guaranteed equal access to all the educational benefits of the College. Students who self-disclose a disability during the admissions process are invited to meet with the Disabilities/Accessiblity Coordinator to discuss services available and accomodations.
- Students with valid, current documentation of a disability may be qualified for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Qualified students with disabilities may request appropriate classroom accommodations under Section 504.
- Appropriate classroom accommodations are granted by the College through the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator on a case-by-case basis and are designed to help students meet academic program requirements.
- Reasonable and appropriate classroom accommodations are recommended in an Individual Reasonable Accommodation Plan (IRAP) which the student presents to their course instructors. The Disabilities Coordinator then works closely with students and instructors in implementing the recommended accommodation plan.
- If the student and instructor are unable to agree on implementing the IRAP as written, the instructor will contact the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator and, in consultation with the Department Chair, make a determination of whether the recommended accommodation(s) will fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity.
- Students with Individual Reasonable Accommodation Plans must have them renewed or updated by the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator each semester.
- Students should review the procedure for seeking appropriate academic accommodations with the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator.
When a request is denied,
- The College will explain the reasons for the denial, in writing, to the student;
- The College will consider whether effective alternatives exist that would allow the individual with a disability to participate without lowering essential requirements or fundamentally altering the nature of the program; and
- If the request is denied because the College deems the documentation that the student provided is deficient, the College will explain why it is deficient so that the student can resolve any such deficiencies.
Staff or faculty shall be notified of approved adjustments/auxiliary aids and services in the following manner:
- Meet with your instructor(s) and present a copy of your accommodation plan to discuss how your needs will be met. The instructor will sign an acknowledgment form that you present and return it to the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator. Online faculty will receive documents via email.
The College, through all of its faculty and staff, is obligated to implement approved academic adjustments/auxiliary aids and services
- Students should report to and work with the Section 504/ Title II Coordinator about any concerns that may arise with regard to the provision of academic adjustments/auxiliary aids and services, such as whether a professor is not providing an agreed-upon accommodation, or an accommodation is not working;
- The Coordinator (or other staff so identified by the College) will work with the student and faculty to resolve such concerns, including ensuring that agreed-upon academic adjustments/auxiliary aids and services are provided;
- Pending the resolution of any such concerns, faculty and staff will continue to provide such approved adjustments/aids and services.
- Faculty and staff must report to, and work with, the Coordinator about any concerns that may arise with regard to the provision of academic adjustments/auxiliary aids and services. These inquiries should include clarifying any approved accommodations and how approved accommodations should be implemented, concerns about whether approved accommodations are a fundamental alteration of an essential requirement of the course, and concerns about whether approved accommodations are being provided.
Frequently asked questions
How can I arrange accommodations for admissions testing?
Discuss this with the Admissions Counselor who will refer you to the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator. Be prepared to have or obtain appropriate documentation to support your request.
To schedule Accuplacer placement testing at your preferred location, please call 603-542-7744 or 1-800-837-0658 and the following extensions:
Keene: x5703 or x5712
Accuplacer is designed to learn more about your skills in the areas of reading comprehension and language usage to plan your course selections. Accuplacer assessments are taken on our computers and are untimed. Results are confidential and available immediately upon completion.
How do I receive course accommodations?
Make an appointment with the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator.
Students must provide current documentation from an appropriate licensed professional. If you qualify for an accommodation plan, the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator will work with you to make sure that you obtain appropriate course accommodations. NOTE it is your responsibility to contact the Coordinator for an accommodation plan each term, it will not be provided automatically. If you have any questions about your eligibility, ask the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator.
What documentation must I provide if I have a learning disability?
Educational evaluation dated within the last three years containing:
- a measure of aptitude
- a measure of achievement
- any other relevant standardized measures of achievement
- actual test scores and interpretation of results
- clear, specific evidence and identification of the learning disability
What documentation must I provide if I have a physical, psychological or other disability?
Documentation must provide a clear statement of the disability, a summary of the assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, and a summary of evaluation results, especially those related to academic issues signed by a licensed professional.
Are specialized instructional aides or personal care services provided?
No. Students are responsible for arranging and providing these services when they are deemed appropriate. These include, but are not limited to, medical equipment, personal care attendants, specialized tutors or educational aides. The campus does not have a nursing office or medical facility.
Will requirements of a program or the content of a course be modified?
No. Students are required to meet the essential requirements of academic departments to enter a program and to remain in a program. All students must show mastery of course materials to earn college credit.
How will my instructors find out about my academic need related to my disability?
To receive services:
- Meet with the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator prior to the start of the term to review and update your plan
- Obtain a copy of your Individual Reasonable Accommodation Plan for each class you are enrolled in.
- Meet with your instructor(s) and present a copy of your accommodation plan to discuss how your needs will be met. The instructor will sign an acknowledgment form that you present and will return it to the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator. Online faculty will receive documents via email.
- Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 each semester
- If the student and instructor are unable to agree on implementing the IRAP as written, the instructor will contact the Disabilities/Accessibility Coordinator and, in consultation with the Vice President of Academic Affairs to make a determination of whether the recommended accommodation(s) will fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity.
- Note: A student has the right not to disclose a disability and may enroll without an accommodation plan.
Catherine Driesch, M.Ed.
542-7744 x. 5421