Student Rights & Responsibilities

Academic adjustments may include:

  • physical accessibility arrangements;
  • sign language interpretation for deaf students;
  • assistive technology access;
  • audio-taped lectures; Note: Digital recorders are considered personal devices;
  • peer note-takers/readers/scribes; Note: These services may be provided through the use of technology;
  • alternatives to print materials, e.g. text books in digital format; Note: Reformatted text books are not audio books. Text-reading software, which is free on most computer operating systems, is required to reformat the printed text to speech;
  • reduced course load/full time status;
  • course substitutions, if appropriate;
  • testing accommodations, such as extra test time, a reduced distraction testing environment, alternative formats for exams and learning materials.

Academic adjustments DO NOT include:

  • personal assistants, individual personal tutors or personal assistive technology,
  • academic adjustments that are unduly expensive, substantially disruptive, pose a hazard to others or would fundamentally alter the nature of a program, or
  • waivers or modifications to the Code of Conduct.

Columbia-Greene Community College is not required to provide requested or preferred academic adjustments. In our quest to create an equitable environment which leads to successful learning, OAS is committed to the consideration of reasonable, appropriate, and effective adjustments.

All academic adjustment requests are reviewed on a case-by-case, course-by-course basis in consideration of each student’s academic needs and the fundamental learning objectives of each course. Academic adjustment requests are approved or denied based on what is reasonable for both.

To receive services, students are required to identify themselves to the Office of Accessibility Services in a timely manner and explain the barriers and/or provide documentation which describes the barriers imposed by the disability to the OAS.

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