When Accommodations Are Not Provided
Jefferson Community and Technical College provides reasonable accommodations unless they consist of one of the following five categories.
Retroactive Accommodation Request
Students with disabilities are responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner. Jefferson Community and Technical College is not required to provide retroactive accommodations.
Students approved for accommodations will not be permitted to seek retroactive use of accommodations at the time eligibility for accommodations is established. Accommodations begin when the faculty member receives the accommodation letter and accommodations must be implemented immediately upon receipt.
Students who decide to not use their accommodations are not permitted to ask faculty to provide them retroactively. Instructors are not required by law to provide retroactive accommodations to any student at any time.
If a request for an accommodation falls under the definition of personal service, the college denies the request as unreasonable. Personal services are those that a person with a disability must use regardless of attendance at the college. In addition, personal services are those for which no correlation between the disability's functional limitation and program access can be established. The college, for instance, does not purchase wheelchairs or other assistive technologies used for mobility impairments.
Other examples of personal services may include:
- Walking a student to and from class
- Mental health counseling
If an accommodation reduces the academic standards of the college, its programs, departments, or its courses, the college denies the accommodation as unreasonable. Academic standards are essential for all students. It is unreasonable to alter these fundamental standards as an accommodation for a student with a disability.
The college denies the accommodation if it requires significant expenses or is impossible to administer. An undue financial burden applies to the college as a whole. Therefore, the president of the college, not a department, school, or college, can determine undue financial hardship.
An undue administrative burden occurs when the college does not have enough time to respond to the request, or when the administration of it would be impossible or infeasible. In every instance, the college reserves the right to offer another, equally effective accommodation.