Disability Information Student Handbook

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Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
Academic and Classroom Accommodations & Services

Academic Adjustments And Course Substitution

Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same academic standards as other students. Accommodations and the extensive support services available to all students contribute to the success of students with disabilities in completing the expected requirements in courses and curriculum plans.

Occasionally, an otherwise qualified student with a disability may need to request a modification in a time line, course assignments or program requirements. This may happen in spite of having employed all appropriate accommodations and support services. Illustrative examples include:

  • flexibility in applying the absence policy in a course, or
  • completing a representative sample of problems in homework assignments.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be successful in all the courses required for a certificate, degree or transfer with the exception of one. If after all measures to accommodate have been utilized, the effect of the disability prevents the student from completing that one requirement, it may be feasible to consider a course substitution. The situation must be judged with great care so the recommendation does not jeopardize the integrity of the individual’s achievement or preparation. Any such substitution is applicable only to De Anza requirements and may not be accepted by transfer institutions.  The policy and process  is outlined on the Disability Programs and Services (DSPS) Division web site under Academic Senate Policies or request a copy from your counselor or advisor.

Maintaining academic standards and assuring equal opportunity are both essential objectives. Each situation is individually evaluated. The DSPS programs will work collaboratively with the student and the college to safeguard student access and curricular integrity.

Steps to Receive an Academic Adjustment or Substitution/Waiver:

  1. Consult with your counselor/advisor about possible problem-solving approaches.
  2. You may be asked to fill out an Accommodation Request Form, or other necessary paperwork.
  3. Follow the college procedure, as advised by your counselor/advisor.


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Last Updated: 10/13/10