Faculty and Staff Information
While working at Tunxis Community College you may encounter students with various types of disabilities. Students with learning, health, sensory, physical, psychological, or temporary disabilities are eligible to receive services through Disabilities Services (DS). Students who require disability-related academic adjustments should be working with DS to receive appropriate academic adjustments. Some students may not be aware of our office and should be referred if they approach you for academic adjustments.
How do students receive academic adjustments from Disabilities Services?
In order for students to receive adjustments, they must provide documentation of their disability from a qualified health care professional to the DS office. They then must meet with a Learning Disability Specialist to establish appropriate academic adjustments. Once the appropriate adjustments have been determined, the students should give instructors a Learning Profile letter that details the approved adjustments. This letter explains the types of adjustments deemed appropriate for that student.
What types of adjustments does DS Provide?
Examples of academic adjustments that may be provided to students include but are not limited to extended time on exams, books in alternate format, large print or electronic format of in-class handouts, copies of notes, permission to audio record lectures, Sign language interpreters, and accessible furniture. Students are requested to begin the process of requesting academic adjustments well before the semester starts as some adjustments are more time consuming than others (e.g. requesting alternative format of texts).
Test Proctoring Guidelines
When a student has been approved for an academic adjustment such as allowances for extended testing time, a written “Learning Profile” is developed with the Learning Disabilities Specialist. This profile is then available to the student to present to each of his/her instructors. If you have a student that has been granted extended testing time, please read the Test Proctoring Guidelines to familiarize yourself with the process and responsibilities involved.
Students are responsible for communicating this information to their instructors/professors and for discussing academic adjustment arrangements. However, the Learning Disabilities Specialist can assist students through this process and communicate with faculty per student request and with written permission. Learning Profiles are available on a semester-basis and are updated each semester per student request.
Several staff members in the Academic Support Center provide one-on-one learning strategy sessions in areas such as notetaking, reducing test anxiety, math skills, memory skills, and reading and writing at the college level. Students may request an appointment with a learning strategy specialist by contacting the Academic Support Center.
Please feel free to contact the Disabilities Services office at 860.255.3570 extension 3578 or 3575 if you have any questions or concerns regarding academic adjustments for students with disabilities.
This handbook explains how students with disabilities can request academic adjustments and access support services at Tunxis Community College. It serves as a guide to help students understand the guidelines as well as the steps for obtaining reasonable academic adjustments and access to learning in a post-secondary setting.
A Blog for Students with Disabilities at Tunxis Community College
For more information, contact the Academic Support Center at 860.255.3570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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