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Academic Success Resources

Students with Disabilities

  • Early Registration

    Students with a disability may qualify for early registration based on the criteria listed below: 

    • The student has a documented disability that requires room changes and/or physical accommodations.
    • The student will be using tape recorded and/or other materials that will require extra time to prepare.
    • The student will be using a sign language interpreter.

    All students registering early will receive appropriate appointment times and dates from the registrar.

    If this does not occur, pelase inform the Disability Specialist immediately so that a new registration appointment may be scheduled.

    Foreign Language Substitution

    Students whose disabilities have a documented, significant effect on learning a foreign language may request approval for an alternative option that satisfies the foreign language requirement. Substitution of history and culture classes for the usual language sequence is the most common alternate approved.

    Students whose disabilities have a documented, significant effect on learning a foreign language may request approval for an alternative option that satisfies the foreign language requirement. Substitution of history and culture classes for the usual language sequence is the most common alternate approved.

    • The Disabilities Specialist will send a letter to the student's academic advisor, explaining the language Substitution accommodation.
    • The student must meet with his/her academic advisor and complete a "Petition for Exception to Policy" form in reference to the substitution.
    • The Disability Specialist will send out quarterly a copy of the list of approved courses for substitution. The student with their advisor will select appropriate courses.

    Reduced Course Load with Full Time Equivalency

    Students who have a documented need can arrange to take fewer than 12 credits per quarter (normally considered a part-time credit load), while maintaining their full-time status for financial aid purposes (FTE).

    • After the accommodation is established, the Disabilities Specialist will notify the Financial Aid and Registrar's Offices of the need and specify the length of time of the reduction.
    • The student needs to understand that the amount of some kinds of financial aid varies in proportion to the credit load of the student. Therefore, since 10 credit hours is considered to be 3/4 of a full load (or 1/4 less than a full load), some portions of the aid package may be reduced by 1/4. For details on the specific financial aid effects of reducing course load, the student needs to consult with a financial aid counselor. The Disabilities Specialist can assist the student with that meeting.