District and College Policies
Requesting and Receiving Accommodations(s) Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
The Board of Trustees upholds that, for persons with disabilities, improving the access to educational employment opportunities must be a priority. The Board of Trustees directs the administration to take the necessary actions to implement the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District shall not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability with regard to employment or with regard to the provision of District programs, service and activities.
A person who is otherwise qualified may request accommodation related to his/her disability, provided that the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the District. The procedures for requesting an accommodation are maintained in the President's Office and the office of the ADA Coordinator at each campus and in the District Office.
Board Policy 4670
Academic Senate Policies
Senate Policy Statement on Taping Classroom Lectures
Pursuant to a review of both the intent and letter of Title V regulations, it is the position of the De Anza College Faculty Academic Senate that the determination of the allowability of taping classroom lectures must remain with the individual classroom instructor on a lecture-by-lecture basis. The sole exception to this is the right to tape granted to physically limited and learning disabled students by State of California statute. It is suggested that each instructor include his or her general policy on each Course Information Sheet. The De Anza Student Body has taken a position pursuing the notion that all students should have the right to tape and does not find the con statements compelling.
Approved by the De Anza College Faculty Academic Senate on April 13, 1987.
Senate Policy on Course Substitution
De Anza College intends all of its graduates to master the competencies required by Title V of the California Education Code and to complete the courses required for graduation. The college recognizes that most disabilities that preclude a student from completing a course can be overcome by altering the method of course delivery and providing a combination of appropriate accommodations. Therefore, for most students with documented disabilities, the first level of accommodation will involve an attempt to complete the course with extra help or altered means of delivery.
For some students with a disability, accommodations and alterations of course delivery will not be enough to enable the student to complete the course. If a student with a disability has discovered that the first level of accommodation is insufficient to enable him/her to complete the course, or if a student's disability is of such magnitude that any attempt at completing the course would be futile, that student may submit a petition for course substitution or, as a last resort, course waiver. The decision to make a course substitution or waiver will be made on a case-by-case basis by a DSPS counselor and the instructor who teaches the course to be substituted, in conjunction with the Department Head and the Division Dean.
Any course substitution or waiver granted by De Anza College is for the purpose of De Anza College's requirements only, and may not be recognized by a subsequent educational institution and/or licensing board.
Conditions of Course Substitution/Waiver Petition
The following conditions must exist before an application to the Academic Council for a substitution or waiver can be made:
The student with a documented disability seeking accommodations in completing a course or in meeting a proficiency requirement shall request assistance from the appropriate DSPS specialist.
The DSPS specialist will assess and document the extent of the disability and its educational limitations, and shall recommend appropriate accommodation or alternative versions of the course in question. The case will be brought before a subcommittee of the Academic Senate if the specialist concludes that the severity of the disability warrants course substitution or waiver (or if the student believes his/her situation warrants this, but the specialist does not).
The Academic Council shall act and may request that one or more of the following act as consultants:
The Academic Council shall hear cases if the student has made a good faith effort to complete the course and has made use of all accommodations recommended. Or, the student, the DSPS specialist, and, if available, the instructor of the last course attempted, agree that even beginning the course with accommodation is futile due to the severity of the disability.
In making any decision, the Academic Council must make the following determinations:
The Academic Council's decision will be determined by a simple majority vote. The decision will be forwarded to the student within two weeks of receiving the original written petition.
If the student is dissatisfied with the Academic Council's decision, he/she may appeal in the following order:
As each of the above groups receives a written notice of appeal, it should respond in a timely manner. The appeal should be addressed at the next meeting of their respective groups or as promptly as possible.
DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS & SERVICES Division
Building: Learning Center West LCW 13
Contact: Marilyn Booye