Students needing assistance with activities of daily living need to locate, hire, train and pay a personal attendant. This type of assistance is not provided by the college. Students should not request such services from individuals on campus as this could pose a liability risk which the college cannot assume.
SCC is not responsible for locating or coordinating personal attendant arrangements. The college recognizes that in some instances, personal attendants are necessary in the classroom (per documentation and approved by the Disability Support Services (DSS) manager. Personal attendants are expected to follow all college policies, etc. Failure to do so could lead to a conduct report being filed and investigated by the administration. Personal attendants are not considered to be students. Their sole purpose is to be a caregiver to the student. They are expected to remain outside the classroom unless approved by DSS to be in the classroom. Personal attendants are not to act on behalf of the student with faculty/staff. Attendants’ participation in class is limited to assisting the student’s personal needs. If the student requires out-of-class testing, the student must follow the procedure outlined for taking tests with DSS. An attendant can be present outside the testing room (if documentation supports this request) during a test, but the DSS proctor must administer the exam.
If a student needs to have a personal attendant to remain in the classroom during class time, the student must follow procedures for requesting accommodations. Additional seating may need to be arranged and the instructor needs to be made aware of the situation as soon as possible.
Attendance requirements are determined by the department/divisions or individual faculty members. Accessibility Services does not determine course attendance policies. If a student anticipates attendance problems due to a disability, the student must follow procedures for requesting accommodations. This situation should be discussed with DSS prior to the start of the semester since accommodations are NOT retroactive. Documentation provided must address why the student may need to miss classes and to what extent. It is understood that this cannot be predicted with exact precision but rather with a general assessment based on the past impact of the disability.
DSS can determine if a disability exists, could impact attendance and the appropriateness of the request will be considered for each class. The student will be notified if it is determined that the information provided does not constitute a need for attendance flexibility. If there appears to be a justifiable accommodation request, a form can then be sent to the instructor(s) asking for the instructor(s) to determine if attendance flexibility for their particular course can be approved. The form will include pertinent information for faculty to consider in making this determination. If instructors deny the flexibility, they need to indicate the reasoning behind the denial. If faculty agree to flexibility, each instructor must determine the specifics and subsequent impact upon make-up work/exams/quizzes and assignment due dates. Faculty is not required to lower standards for accommodation purposes. The following should be carefully evaluated concerning the request for extension/leniency in attendance requirements:
Once the form is completed by the instructor and returned, DSS will review with the student. Thus, the student will be cognizant of the expectations of the individual instructor per course or the reason for denial and be given the opportunity to discuss other accommodation options. By utilizing this process, students do not have to negotiate an accommodation and faculty is given pertinent information for making a reasoned decision. Faculty should contact DSS as soon as possible if they believe there may be a risk of academic integrity of the curriculum or learning objectives. Students must realize that there are limits to flexibility. Exceeding the approved flexibility established by the instructor could negatively impact the final grade. In some instances, the student may need to consider withdrawal from the class. Students are responsible for contacting faculty as soon as possible of a disability-related absence and their anticipated return. Students are responsible for any missed material/assignment submissions.
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 that may be needed by visitors, students and employees. Service animals are protected by the law.
A service animal is defined per DOJ – https://www.ada.gov/service_ animals_2010.htm as a dog that is trained to work or perform specific tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Other animals are not considered service animals for the purpose of this definition. The tasks performed must be related to the disability. The service animal should be under the handler’s control at all times via a leash/harness or verbal/hand commands. The service animal should be in good health and meet the state and local ordinances for vaccinations. The handler is responsible for cleaning up all animal waste. The college staff is not responsible for any aspect of caring for a service animal.
A Missouri statute at http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C200-299/2090000200 provides the following:
Service dog is being or has been specially trained to do work or perform tasks which benefit a particular person with a disability. Service dogs include guide dog, hearing dog, medical alert or respond dog and mobility dog.
College staff may ask an individual to remove a service animal from the campus if: the handler is unable to effectively control the animal or the service animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others, is disruptive to the academic environment or fundamentally alters the course/program.
College staff can make the following inquiries only: Is the animal required due to a disability? What task has the animal been trained to perform?
Individuals are encouraged but not required to contact Disability Support Services (DSS) if bringing a service animal to campus.
Accessible parking is handled through the Department of Public Safety (DPS)—636 922- 8545. Only those vehicles with state issued disabled plates or hang tags can park in ADA designated parking spaces.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are the college’s first responders. DPS is responsible for medical emergencies, evacuations and any emergency responses. Students may contact DPS to notify the department of any potential medical issues (636 922-8545).
Students who think that their disability will preclude them from taking the assessment under standard conditions should contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) manager. Refer to the Assessment Center's information on the college website. DSS 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 DSS assistants' work schedules.
Students and faculty should plan ahead regarding accommodations. DSS is available to assist in determining the college’s responsibility regarding reasonable accommodations. It is recommended that the student discuss the situation with the site coordinator and DSS prior to the start of the semester. As with all accommodation requests, eight weeks advance notice is recommended.
636-922-8627 or 636-922-8581
Send required documentation to:
Disability Support Services
Student Center, 133C
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
Cottleville, MO 63376