7.16 Accommodation Requests for Persons with Disabilities

I. Rule

Central Piedmont Community College will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals to participate in an academic activity safely and effectively as required by the regulations of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and, as amended in 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA)

II. Definitions

  1. Qualified Individual: an individual who meets the skill, experience, education, other academic-related requirements of a position or activity, and, who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the course of study. An individual who poses a significant health or safety risk to him/herself or others will not be "qualified" if reasonable modification to the College's policies, practices, or procedures will not eliminate that risk.
  2. Person with a Disability: an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record or history of a physical or mental impairment; or is regarded as having a substantially limiting physical or mental impairment. Current users of illegal drugs are excluded from the definition of disability.
  3. Reasonable Accommodation: A reasonable accommodation for students is any modification or adjustment to an academic program of study, course, or activity that provides an equal opportunity to participate in such academic program of study, course, or activity.

III. Regulation

It is the responsibility of the individual with a disability to request a reasonable accommodation. The College will consider the appropriate modification after receiving a formal request.

IV. Procedures

Individuals seeking reasonable accommodation should adhere to these provisions:

  1. Students requesting an accommodation must register with Disability Services. Students will receive a response to the request within ten business days following submission of official documentation, such as a comprehensive psychological, vocational rehabilitation evaluation, and school or medical documentation. A disability counselor will meet with the student to complete intake paperwork, discuss accommodations request(s), determine appropriate accommodation(s), and complete the student’s accommodation forms for all enrolled classes.
  2. Interpreter service for theater productions and events, sponsored by either internal or external clients, will be provided to ensure accessibility under the following criteria:
    1. When productions or events are scheduled for more than one showing or time, interpreter service will be provided for at least one of those showings or events. When there is only one showing or time for an event, an interpreter will be provided upon request as outlined in announcements for the showing or event.
    2. Public notice of these showings and events will include the particular showing or event for which interpreter service will be provided and marketed to the hearing-impaired community through announcements, brochures, etc.
    3. A predetermined number of tickets will be reserved for purchase for the showing or event at which interpreter service will be provided.
    4. The notice to the public of the date of the showing for which interpreter service will be provided will specify the length of time that these reserved tickets will be held. After this prescribed time period, the tickets may be sold to the general public.
    5. Interpreter service will not be provided if a reserved ticket is not purchased by a hearing-impaired individual within the prescribed time period.
  3. Individuals who believe they are not being offered reasonable accommodations are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the Executive Director of Institutional Equity.

Changes approved by Cabinet on April 29, 2013