All documentation provided to the Office for Students with Disabilities regarding a student's disability will be handled in a discrete and confidential manner. No information, except as provided by law, will be released to anyone, including parents, without the student's expressed written consent.
Rights and Responsibilities
Students with Disabilities have the right to:
Access courses, programs, services and facilities offered through the College;
An opportunity to learn, to receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
Appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disabilities;
Academic information, reasonably available in accessible formats.
Students with Disabilities have the responsibility to:
Meet qualifications and maintain institutional standards for courses, programs, services and facilities;
Identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary;
Demonstrate and/or document (from an appropriate professional) how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services and facilities;
Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
Lake Sumter State College has the right to:
- Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, services, facilities for students, and to evaluate and determine reasonable accommodations on this basis;
request and receive, through the Office for Students with Disabilities, current and appropriate documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;
select among similarly effective accommodations, adjustments, and/ or auxiliary aids and services;
refuse an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid or service that creates an undue burden for the College, or imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the College.
Lake Sumter State College has the responsibility to:
provide academic information to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request, unless to do so would constitute an undue burden for the College;
ensure that courses, programs, services, and facilities for students, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in integrated and appropriate settings;
evaluate students and applications on their abilities and not their disabilities;
provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services and facilities;
maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication.
Lake Sumter State College strives to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging action prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If a student disagrees with a decision made about his or her accommodations, or feels that he or she has been denied access to the College's programs or activities because of a disability, he or she should express concern to the Assistant Director/OSD.