Disabled Student Programs and Services
Rights and Responsibilities
- Equal access to programs, activities, services, and courses available at Citrus College
- Reasonable accommodations and services
- Information that is reasonably available in accessible formats
- Utilize appeal procedures for matters related to the determination or provision of accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids
- Appropriate confidentiality of information pertaining to disability issues. Students are not required to disclose the nature of their disability to their instructors. Citrus College uses the information requested on DSPS forms for the purpose of determining a student's eligibility to receive authorized accommodations. Personal information recorded on these forms will be kept confidential in order to protect against unauthorized disclosure. Portions of this information may be shared with the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges or other state or federal agencies; however, disclosure to these parties is made in strict accordance with applicable statutes regarding confidentiality, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1232(g)).
- Identify him/herself to the DSPS department within a reasonable time frame when academic adjustments, accommodations or auxiliary aids or services are needed
- Submit disability documentation in a timely manner
- Meet with a DSPS counselor as soon as possible, preferably prior to the first week of the semester or term to review requested accommodations. Students may request accommodations at any time during the semester; however, it is recommended that accommodations be set before the first day of the semester or term, particularly for accommodations requiring substantial coordination, such as interpreting services, real time captioning, alternative media, adaptive furniture, or scribe services. Failure to provide reasonable notice may jeopardize receiving auxiliary aids or services by the first day of classes.
- Follow the specific procedures for requesting and utilizing academic adjustments, necessary accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids
- Meet with instructors ideally at the beginning of the semester to show your DSPS Academic Accommodations Plan (AAP), discuss accommodations, and develop a working relationship that will facilitate learning
- Uphold and follow the college's code of student conduct. Violations of such rules are disciplinary actions which are to be administered by appropriate authorities. Citrus College has established due process. For more information, visit the Citrus College Student Conduct and Discipline website.
For Faculty and Staff
- Consult with DSPS to clarify student requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services
- Uphold all expectations for classroom behavior and academic performance equally for all students
- Consult with DSPS when faculty or staff have questions or concerns about the way in which the accommodation is to be provided
- Ensure all instructional materials are in an accessible format
- Provide accommodations in a fair and timely manner when the student has shown the instructor their official DSPS Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP)
- Maintain confidentiality when working with students with disabilities
- Promote equal educational opportunity to all students without regard to race, religion, gender, ability, or age
- Use only nondiscriminatory procedures to teach and evaluate the essential requirements of a course
- Determine the curricula of their courses and ensure that the proposed accommodations do not alter essential academic requirements
- Distinguish between content and activities that are essential to a course/program from those that are not essential and thus may be accommodated
- Cooperate with procedures established by DSPS or Testing Center, such as reviewing, signing, and returning forms for test accommodations, facilitating the use of notes assistance, or reserving adapted furniture for qualified students in the classroom, etc.
- Announce in class and on the syllabus that accommodations for disability-related needs are available on request.
Instructors may use the following statement on their course syllabi:
"Citrus College is committed to equal opportunities in education for all students. This includes students with documented disabilities. To qualify for support services, including reasonable accommodations, a student must self-identify and present disability verification from an appropriate, qualified professional to the office of Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS). Review the DSPS website, call DSPS at (626) 914-8675, or visit the DSPS office in SS133 for more information.
"If you are registered with DSPS and would like to utilize your accommodations in this course, please email me your Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP). You may also present a copy to me after class or during office hours. Students are encouraged to provide the AAP to the instructor as early as possible to ensure accommodations will be facilitated in a timely manner. Feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule a meeting to further discuss your educational needs and accommodations. Lastly, if you have any accessibility issues with course materials, please contact me or DSPS."
For the College
- The college is not required by law to provide aides, services, or devices for personal use of study, nor is it required to design special academic programs for students with disabilities.
- Neither the Americans with Disabilities Act, nor Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, requires the college to alter admissions or graduation requirements. Accommodations are determined individually based on the educational limitations provided in the disability verification documentation.
- Uphold the Student Code of Conduct for ALL students
- Not discriminate against an individual solely on the basis of disability
- Provide a student who has a verified disability, reasonable accommodations and/or auxiliary aids to afford the student equal opportunity and access to participate in the college's programs, activities, and services. Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) is the vehicle by which the institution provides accommodations to students although official participation is voluntary.