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Disabled Student Programs and Services at Citrus College (DSPS)

Communication to Students During COVID-19

TO ALL DSPS STUDENTS: As the spread of COVID-19 continues to be a growing concern across the country, Citrus College is taking extra precautions to protect students, employees and the surrounding community. All classes moved to remote/online instruction, effective March 18, 2020, and are subject to reassessment based on circumstances as they develop. The Student Services division including the employees in disabled student programs and services (DSPS) are working remotely/off-campus in order to provide continued services to students. Updates provided below regarding the transition to remote services.

For New Students

All interested individuals are encouraged to apply to DSPS - Getting Started. It is recommended for high school students and recent high school graduates to also review the New Student Information.

For Continuing DSPS Students

Appointments for advisement, discussion of accommodations, update file/priority registration, or alternate media requests may be scheduled by contacting DSPS at (626) 914-8675. Your call will be forwarded to a staff member to answer the call. If unanswered, please leave a voice mail with your full name, student ID number and phone number. Our staff will return your call within 24 hours. Students may also contact the department at dsps@citruscollege.edu to schedule an appointment. Be sure to include your full name, ID number and Citrus College email.

Prepare yourself for remote/online appointments by completing the following steps:

  1. Set-up and check your Citrus College student email account
    A counselor will be sending students an invitation (with instructions) at the time of the scheduled appointment to conduct a web/video conference call via Zoom. Please review the student email accounts page for more information.

  2. Keep your cell phone close by at the time of your appointment
    If the counselor cannot reach you via Zoom, they will call you at the phone number listed on record. If you do not recognize the number and it is your scheduled appointment time, it is probably the counselor calling you. Two attempts to call you will be made.

  3. Review the New Student Information link if you are in high school or are a recent high school graduate.

Be Prepared! All course content will be delivered temporarily through remote instructional methods.

At a minimum:

  • Instructors may contact students via Citrus College email.
  • Instructors may also include announcements, messages, and post course content via Canvas.

It is very important to check your student email account frequently and to access your canvas to complete your coursework online.

Please refer to the Student Resources section below for links on how to access your email and Canvas account.

DSPS students requesting accommodations are responsible for providing their DSPS Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) to their instructors via email. The AAP outlines each student's approved accommodations. This form is emailed to the student after they meet with a DSPS counselor to review accommodations.

Please note: The AAP is sent to students electronically. Keep your AAP in a safe place as you may need it to request accommodations for subsequent terms.

  1. Update File/Priority Registration
    Continuing DSPS students may now make their appointment to update their file and receive priority registration for summer/fall 2021. In this appointment students obtain their Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) for the new 2021/2022 school year which covers summer term 2021 up through the end of spring semester 2022. The AAP is an important form for students to show their instructor(s) when requesting accommodations. Additionally, eligibility for priority registration will be determined in this same appointment. Please contact DSPS at (626) 914-8675 or email dsps@citruscollege.edu to schedule your "Update File/Priority Registration" appointment. View the summer/fall priority registration dates for deadlines.

  2. Adapted Testing
    In the event that instructors need to deliver exams online, students are responsible to contact the instructor via email to request extended time, along with presenting their Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP). Reasonable notice must be given to the instructor when making such request. Instructors have been provided information with how to make adjustments to the timer on Canvas.

  3. Reader/Scribe
    Reader for online exams can be accessed through screen reading programs. If you have reader as an accommodation, you may schedule an appointment with the alternate media specialist, Laks Floriano at lfloriano@citruscollege.edu, for training. Scribe services are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please schedule an appointment with a DSPS counselor to review your circumstances.

  4. Notetaking Assistance
    If you have an approved accommodation for note taking assistance, notify your instructor via email along with presenting your Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) to request access to any PowerPoint, lecture notes or recordings of lecture. If you have questions regarding ways of accessing notes, please schedule an appointment with a DSPS counselor.

  5. Interpreters
    The ASL interpreter specialist will be in contact with students who have an interpreter as an accommodation and their instructors to coordinate service delivery.

  6. Alternate Media and Assistive Technology
    The alternate media specialist has contacted all who have checked out a smart pen or audio recorder via their Citrus College email account. Check your email for updates. Students who need additional e-text or smart pen training, have an e-text or other alternate media request, or who have questions about online accessibility may schedule an appointment with Laks Floriano at lfloriano@citruscollege.edu.

Given these unprecedented circumstances, students are encouraged to make an appointment with a DSPS counselor if guidance regarding academic progress in current classes is needed. Students may also contact DSPS with questions regarding the provision of approved accommodations. The DSPS team is committed to working with our students to problem-solve through different accommodation situations during this challenging and uncertain time. We are learning from these situations to help us evaluate and possibly implement additional measures as they emerge.

DSPS Contact Information
dsps@citruscollege.edu
(626) 914-8675

If you prefer, feel free to contact your counselor directly with any questions. Counselors are available during regular business hours on the following days below. Please note, counselors respond to emails only during their scheduled work days.

We encourage everyone to stay informed by visiting the following links.

The latest information on COVID-19 and Citrus College

Setting up Citrus College Alerts

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the California Department of Public Health website.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At Citrus College, we are committed to providing students with disabilities an accessible educational environment that allows each student the opportunity to reach their academic goals and participate in a full range of campus programs and activities.

Once we receive verification of a student's disability, we provide support services to compensate for disability-related educational limitations. Such support services are essential components of the educational program as they help students with disabilities realize their educational potential in the mainstreamed academic programs.

​​​​​​Don't delay, book an appointment with a DSPS counselor. Please call our office at (626) 914-8675 to inquire about appointments for each​ semester.

​​Summer and Fall Priority Registration Information - click here.

Winter and Spring Priority Registration Information - click here.

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Office Location
Student Services Building, first floor
Phone ​(626) 914-8675
Fax ​(626) 857-4065

Office Hours
(including the High Tech Center)
Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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