It is the intent of PDCCC to be in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA of 1990) and the Virginians with Disabilities Act of 1985 in providing reasonable accommodations for all of its students and employees. The student and employee are responsible for communicating any disability that may require College action of reasonable accommodation. PDCCC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations within its facilities for its students and employees who have made known their physical or mental disability. Reasonable accommodations shall include but are not necessarily limited to:
- making existing facilities used by students and employees accessible to, and usable by, an individual with a disability;
- acquiring or modifying equipment, desks and devices;
- adjusting or modifying examinations, training or academic materials.
- modifying academic or work schedules; and
- providing other reasonable assistance as required.
Paul D. Camp Community College is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and participation for persons with disabilities. It is the College’s policy that no qualiﬁed person be excluded from participation in any College program or activity, be denied the beneﬁts of any College program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any College program or employment, access to facilities, student programs, activities and services. Student Development Services administers services for students with disabilities and works with the College’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program, which has ofﬁces on the Hobbs Suffolk and Franklin Campuses. Students with disabilities requiring services must see the SSS program Director, SSS Counselor, or the College Counselor.
The SSS program Director, SSS Counselor and the College Counselor assess student requests for accommodations and coordinate the program within the College. It is very important that the student meet with the SSS Director, SSS Counselor, or the College Counselor prior to the start of each semester to ensure the appropriateness of classes and accurate processing of services. The provision of services to students with documented disabilities at Paul D. Camp Community College is based on the principle of non-discrimination and accommodation in academic programs set forth in the implementing regulations for The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Virginians with Disabilities Act of 1985. These services will be provided within the basic guidelines with the understanding that students with disabilities may require unique appropriate academic adjustments and must have their needs assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The provision of appropriate academic adjustments for students with documented disabilities need not guarantee opportunity for achievement. Paul D. Camp Community College is committed to providing students with documented disabilities the same opportunity to achieve academic success as it provides for all students.
Documentation provides veriﬁcation to validate a claim of a specific disability in order to provide appropriate, reasonable accommodations to student with disabilities who seek an accommodation. Colleges should require documentation from a qualified professional that includes a full clinical description, current functional limitations, and a prognosis to include any expected future decline in functional ability. This documentation should also include information about the methodology used to make a diagnosis, specific results of the assessments used, summary data, and specific assessment scores based on adult norms where having such additional information will assist colleges in engaging in a deliberative and collaborative decision-making process that considers each student’s unique situation and experience, but not where requesting such information becomes overly burdensome to a student. Such documentation includes: a full clinical description, current functional limitations, and a prognosis to include any expected future decline in functional ability. This documentation should also include information about the methodology used to make a diagnosis, specific results of the assessments used, summary data, and specific assessment scores based on adult norms where having such additional information will assist the college in engaging in a deliberative and collaborative decision-making process that considers the student’s unique situation and experience.
The College does not provide testing or documentation for any student. Documentation must be current, i.e., within the last three years. Following the submission of documentation, the SSS Director, SSS Counselor or the College Counselor will work with the student to identify reasonable accommodations.
The College cooperates with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services in providing education and training for persons with special handicaps.
If a student with a documented disability believes that he/she has not been provided with the services to which he/she is entitled, the student should request an appointment to meet with their Counselor. If the concern cannot be resolved at this level, the student should request an appointment to meet with the Vice-President of Academic and Student Development with input from the Vice President of Administration and Technology. If the concern cannot be resolved at this level, the student should request an appointment to meet with the College President; the decision of the President is final.