Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Student FAQs

    Q1. How do I receive accommodations for my classes at CPCC?

    A. Students must self-identify and provide the appropriate documentation to Disability Services to be eligible for accommodations and services. Learn more about the procedure for requesting accommodations at CPCC.

    Q2. What should be included in my documentation of my disability?

    A. Documentation must be provided to support that a student has a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Documentation should also include how the disability impacts the student in an academic setting. The documentation provided must be current, comprehensive, and state how the student’s disability is currently affecting them.  Important information about the disability that should be documented includes: diagnosis, nature of the disability, level of severity, and functional limitations.

    Who decides what academic accommodations are appropriate for a student and how is that decision made?

    A. As a team, all of the Disability Counselors review a student’s disability documentation and accommodation request. The team will make a collective decision regarding approved accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

    Q4.  What are some of the academic accommodations that a student with a disability can receive?

    A. Academic accommodations a student can receive are based upon their disability and the impact it has on the student in an educational setting.  Some examples of common academic accommodations are extended time for testing, low distraction setting for testing, notetaking, sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices and books in alternative format.

    Q5. I received accommodations at another college. How can I get the same accommodations at CPCC?

    A. Every college makes their own decision regarding accommodations and has their own process for accommodation requests. It is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations at each institution they attend. Learn more about the accommodations process.

    Q6.  Will disclosing my disability become part of my permanent records/transcript?

    A. All documentation submitted to Disability Services is kept confidential and separate from a student’s academic record. Disability information is not included on the student’s transcript.

    Q7.  Are there any scholarships for students with disabilities?

    A. Yes, for information on scholarships visit Student Resources.

    Q8.  I am having academic difficulties and I am not sure if I have a disability.  Will CPCC evaluate me?

    A. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain documentation of their disability and be evaluated, if necessary.  The college is not responsible for evaluating students or paying for evaluations. CPCC does not have staff who can evaluate students.  Disability Services can help with providing community referrals if a student needs more information about where to obtain an evaluation. Contact Disability Services if you need referral information.

    Have more questions? Contact Disability Services.

  • Faculty and Staff FAQs

    This information for faculty and staff has moved to the internal website. Please visit the FAQ in its new location. You will be prompted to log in with your username and password.

    Questions? Contact the Help Desk at x5000.

  • General FAQs

    Q1.  What is Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

    A. Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law that makes it illegal for programs that receive federal funds to discriminate against people with disabilities. Most colleges and universities receive federal money; therefore they are covered by this law. Section 504 requires schools to make their classes, programs, and activities accessible to students with disabilities.

    Q2.  What does “disability” mean under Section 504?

    A. Under Section 504, a disability is a mental or physical impairment that seriously limits a “major life activity.” Major life activities include taking care of one self, working with your hands, walking, seeing, and hearing. They also include speaking, breathing, and learning.