Granite State College will provide qualified individuals with disabilities the same educational opportunities available to persons without disabilities. When an individual's documented disability creates a barrier to educational opportunities, the College will attempt reasonable accommodations to remove the barrier. Conditions such as physical limitation, illness, or learning disability do not prevent an individual from being a productive student. The College, however, does not have supplementary services or programs for special audiences.
Services are provided to individuals with disabilities in order to:
- help overcome obstacles
- create self-advocacy
- provide opportunities for academic success
- foster/encourage self-esteem
- increase self reliance
- encourage independence
- encourage participation in educational opportunities
If a student needs assistance, it is important that he/she make contact early to ensure that requests can be reviewed prior to the start of each term. To apply for accommodations, contact an Academic Coach or the Director of Student Affairs/Student Disability Services in the Administrative Offices in Concord.
Accommodations for Disabilities:
- Decide if support is needed. Talk with an academic coach to determine if your work at GSC may require requesting support services.
- Apply for services. In anticipation of requesting any accommodations, complete and submit an "Application for Support Services" (below).
- Request documentation. Documentation of the disability will be required. Complete the "Release of Medical Information" form (included in the "Application for Support Services") and send it to your medical and/or testing provider along with "Guidelines for Documenting Disability." (All necessary forms are included with the application). Please note: Evaluations and testing must be current meaning within the past three years.
- Review of documentation. Complete an "Authorization to Review Documentation" form (included in the "Application for Support Services") and send it to the Director of Student Affairs/Student Disability Services. All materials will be reviewed and summary materials will be prepared which suggest accommodations. These will be sent to the student for endorsement.
- Plan ahead. Determine your academic plan with an academic coach. Four to six weeks prior to each term, begin the process of reviewing the outcomes of the course(s) to be taken. Decide whether to request specific accommodations.
- Meet with faculty. A student may meet with the faculty member before the class begins. Contact the faculty member and work together to identify reasonable accommodations and resources based on those approved by the College.