Academic accommodations are modifications or adjustments that provide equal access and opportunity so students can participate in RCC courses, facilities, services, and activities.
Academic accommodations are determined individually, based on student documentation. Academic accommodations do not substantially alter curriculum or change key elements or functions of a course or college programs. Students with accommodations are required to complete the same course work as other students.
Adaptive technology is loaned per term, placed in classrooms, or available by appointment in the Adaptive Lab on an as-needed basis for qualifying students. Examples of adaptive/assistive technologies include:
- Adaptive chairs and tables
- Assistive listening devices
- Digital voice recorders
- Echo Smartpens
- Computer software i.e., JAWS, Dragon, and Kurzweil
Note Taking Services
If you are eligible for note taking services, please discuss with your specialist the best method that will work for you. Options for note-taking services include: student/volunteer note takers, use of digital recorders and/or smartpens.
Note taking accommodations requests should be submitted a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the term. To be processed, your note taking accommodation must be selected each term for each class that you require notes.
Note takers are students who are recruited from your classroom either via recruitment e-mails sent by our office staff, instructors who read the request for note takers at the beginning of class, or your own personal recruitment. If you do not have a note taker set up by the end of the second week of class, please contact Disability Services.
Digital Recorders & Smartpens
If you are eligible for this accommodation, a digital recorder or smartpen can be checked out from the college library with a printout of your Letter of Introduction verifying this accommodation.
Electronic Textbooks (ebooks)
Students with verified print disabilities may be eligible for electronic textbooks (eBooks). This means that you may be eligible to receive your textbooks as a PDF file. A PDF file can be enlarged for ease of reading on the screen of a computer/laptop and used with a text reader which will read the book in an electronic voice.
All eBook requests should be made at the same time you register for classes via myRogue. To ensure that you receive your eBooks in a timely manner, requests should be submitted four (4) weeks prior to the start of term. You are still required to purchase your textbooks and may be asked to show proof of purchase to the Disability Services staff.
At times a PDF file for a book may not be available through our resources and the book must be scanned. In this case, students are responsible for providing the book for scanning. The binding of the book will be cut off and the book will be scanned, spiral bound, and then returned to you. Disability Services will not be held responsible for any damage that occurs during the scanning process. If a book is not provided for scanning when requested, an eBook will not be provided.
Disability Services provides accommodations for class exams for students who have been approved for this accommodation.
Class exams are proctored and may include accommodations such as:
- Reader and/or Scribe
- Word Processor or Computer Access
- Extended time (time-and-a-half, double-time)
- Distraction Reduced Testing Location
- A raised or lowered workspace
- Special Equipment
Using Your Testing Accommodations
- Check with your instructor at the beginning of each term to see if your Letter of Introduction (LOI) was received and discuss your testing needs.
- If you need to schedule a private testing room with Disability Services, you will need to do the following:
- Schedule testing time and date with Disability Service at least two (2) days in advance, five (5) days for final exams. You are encouraged to schedule all testing appointments for a course at the beginning of each term once a class syllabus has been acquired.
- Check with your instructor before your scheduled test date that the test will be delivered on time to the Testing Center for pick-up by our office.
- You are responsible for scheduling appointments in a timely manner for every test.
Deaf and Hard-of Hearing Services
If you are eligible for deaf and hard-of-hearing services, ASL interpreting, Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and Typewell are available to assist you in both credit and non-credit college courses and related activities such as conferences and meetings with other college staff.
Accommodations for registered classes should be submitted a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to the term. Priority registration is available through the Disability Services office, check with your specialist for more information.