Personal care attendants may be necessary to permit participation in programs/courses. SCC is not responsible for locating or coordinating schedules or financial arrangements for personal attendants. The college recognizes that in some instances, personal attendants are necessary in the classroom (per documentation.) Students must be aware that the personal attendants are not considered "students." Their sole purpose is to be a care giver/service provider to the student.
Students utilizing an attendant must work closely with the Accessibility Services coordinator. Attendants' participation in class is limited to assisting the student's accessibility. If the student requires out-of-class testing, the student needs to follow the procedure for scheduling tests with Accessibility Services. An attendant can be present (if documentation supports this request) during a test but the Accessibility Services proctor must administer the exam.
While on campus, students needing assistance in getting to various buildings, toileting, dispensing of medications, etc., should have a personal attendant. Requesting such services from non-trained individuals on campus could pose a threat to those providing assistance and the individual with the disability. The college cannot assume the liability risk.
The student is responsible for notifying Accessibility Services of any personnel changes. Personal Care Attendants (PCA) are expected to follow all college policies, regulations, etc. PCA's are expected to remain in the hallway during class time unless Accessibility Services has approved in-class assistance. PCA's are not to act on behalf of the student with instructors/students/staff. If the PCA fails to abide by the agreed upon role, the college reserves the right to limit the PCA's presence on campus.
TIMELY NOTIFICATION TO ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES IS REQUESTED IF AN ATTENDANT WILL NEED TO ACCOMPANY A STUDENT IN CLASS. PRIOR NOTIFICATION WILL ENABLE ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES TO COMPLETE FACULTY NOTIFICATION FORMS AND FORWARD THEM TO INSTRUCTORS.
There is no college class attendance policy. Attendance requirements are determined by the department/divisions or individual faculty member. With appropriate documentation, the student may request that Accessibility Services complete an Attendance Issue Letter indicating that the student's disability may result in occasional absences. It is recommended that the student discuss this with Accessibility Services prior to the start of the semester. Services are NOT retroactive. The student is responsible for notifying the instructor of a disability related absence as soon as possible. Any medical documentation relating to the specific absence would be helpful. An instructor can request a meeting with the student and the Accessibility Services coordinator at any point if issues arise. Students may request a medical withdrawal at any time via the Student Registration and Financial Aid Appeals Committee (contact the Enrollment Services Department). The faculty will determine if absences have become excessive and may recommend that the student withdraw from the class. Attendance flexibility is solely a faculty/Academic and Student Affairs decision.
It is important for students to understand that if they misuse or abuse accommodations, the college will have to address this issue. An alternate accommodation may be substituted if a student cannot act responsibly.
Domestic animals are prohibited on college properties with the exception of service animals (per ADA AA) that may be needed by visitors, students and employees. Students who require the regular use of such animals are encouraged to contact the Accessibility Services Office.
A service animal is defined as a dog that is trained to work or perform specific tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The individual is responsible for ensuring that the animal is not disruptive to the campus or pose any risk to others while on campus.
A service animal may be excluded from the campus when the animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others, is disruptive to the academic environment or fundamentally alters the college's program(s). The individual is responsible for cleaning up after the animal, any property damage, sanitary disposal of animal wastes, and appropriate care and control of the animal at all times. The animal should be on a leash unless this impedes the provision of the accommodation.
Accessible parking is handled through the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Students may contact DPS at 636-922-8545. Accessible parking is available on each parking lot. Only those vehicles with state issued disabled plates or hang tags can park in ADA designated parking spaces.
Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are the college's first responders. DPS is responsible for emergency responses, medical alerts, evacuations, etc. Students anticipating that they will need assistance can contact the Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545 to notify the department of potential medical issues, etc.
Students who think that their disability will preclude them from taking the assessment under standard conditions should contact the Accessibility Services coordinator. Refer to the Assessment Center's information on the college website. Accessibility Services may administer the assessment with supporting disability documentation. Students need to request the individual assessment prior to taking the test in the Assessment Center. The test will be scheduled depending upon Accessibility Services assistants' work schedules.
Students and faculty should plan ahead regarding accommodations. Accessibility Services is available to assist in determining the college's responsibility regarding accommodations. It is recommended that the student discuss the situation with the site coordinator prior to the start of the semester. SCC staff may not disclose the student's disability without the student's written permission.