Reasonable academic modification of requirements may be necessary to avoid discrimination based on disabilities. SCC will make reasonable modifications to its academic requirements, if necessary, to comply with legal requirements, ensuring that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating on the basis of a student’s known and adequately documented disability. The college is not obligated to grant a substitution/waiver when the institution can determine and demonstrate that the course is essential to the program(s)/degree(s) that student is pursuing, related to licensing requirements or fundamentally alter the nature of the services, programs or activities.
Academic units determine whether a course is fundamental to the program/degree. If approved, the student must re-submit the course substitution/waiver request if they change their degree program. The substitution/waiver does not automatically apply to courses requiring the substituted/waived course as a pre-requisite. In this particular instance, the student needs to secure permission from the department in which the substituted/waived course resides and the program department chair or Associate V. P. of Academic Affairs.
To request a substitution/waiver based on disability, a case must be open with Disability Support Services (DSS) (see requesting services) and have an accommodations plan. The student needs to complete the Petition for Academic Program Exceptions/Waivers form (located in Enrollment Services) and schedule an appointment with DSS. If the request is supported by documentation, DSS will provide details of the disability impact as available and forward (per student's written permission) this information to the Review Committee along with any other supporting documentation provided by the student such as:
The decision process is as follows:
The committee makes the final decision and should send a letter of finding to the student (copies to DSS and Enrollment Services). It should include:
All documentation used by the committee needs to be returned to DSS.
The student must be cognizant of the possibility that a transfer institution may not accept a course substitution/waiver.
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