Disability Services - Your First Term
- Meet with coordinator to discuss needs, concerns, accommodations
- Fill out registration card
- Sign a release of information or provide documentation
Each Term Thereafter:
- Request tables, chairs, note takers, and other accommodations
- Request Letters of Introduction. Instructors are given an opportunity to discuss accommodations with the coordinator.
- Fill out testing room requests 5 days in advance of each exam
The law in a nutshell
Federal law mandates that public colleges and universities may not discriminate on the basis of disability and that they must provide students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and facilities, both physical and electronic. It requires that public post secondary institutions provide reasonable accommodation to insure equal access for all students, while maintaining the same standards and requirements. For more information about Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, research Disability Law on the Internet, contact the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, or contact the DS office on campus. Procedure for filing a formal grievance is published in the U.C.C. catalog, the yearly class schedule, as well as on the college website.
Click this link for disability discrimination regulations
A Note to Students:
The idea of accommodations is to get what you need so that you have the same opportunity as anyone else to succeed or fail. Other students (and faculty) may say, "It's just not fair!" (How come she gets to sit in a padded chair, or, "Why does he get extra time for exams?) The answer is that you need them, while others don't. This is why documentation is so important, especially for the more "invisible" disabilities. It is almost always advisable to hand carry your letters of introduction to your instructor as early in the term as possible, so that it won't be a big surprise when midterm exam time rolls around!
For Distance Learning Students:
You may request that your Letters of Introduction be sent electronically to your instructors in online or telecourses that are offered by and originate at UCC. The letter lists yuor applicable requested accommodations, and notifies the instructor that you will be contacting him/her within the next few days to discuss your needs.
It is not always convenient for students to come to the campus. In most cases, contact with the DS office may be handled via email or by telephone.
Contact Disability Services Department
Persons having questions about or requests for accommodations should contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator at Umpqua Community College Counseling Office, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg, Oregon 97470. Contact should be made 48-72 hours in advance of the event.
Click this link to view sample Letter of Introduction.
For more information, contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator:
Danielle Haskett Phone (541)440-7655 Fax (541)440-4612 or Oregon Relay (800)735-1232.