Covid-19 Campus Community Information and SCC Keep Learning Student Resources

SCC is committed to providing equal opportunities for qualified students with disabilities to participate in the courses, programs, and activities of our college. The Academic Support Center is the designated office at South Central College where students with qualifying disabilities can request reasonable accommodations for their courses. Disability Services is part of the Academic Support Center.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Disability Services staff will be available remotely. To receive an expedited response, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 507-389-7222.

Current Accommodations
Current students who have already established accommodations with our office can schedule an appointment using the options below.
Remote Disability Services Options

  • Phone Appointments:  On the day of your appointment, a Disability Services staff member will contact you at the phone number provided in the appointment registration process.  For privacy reasons, your call may come from a blocked or unknown number.
  • Video Meeting: This video option will allow the Disability Services staff to visually share information. Prior to your appointment, you will receive an email that will provide a link to your scheduled appointment. It is important that you have reliable internet service. This is a great option if you would prefer a visual experience. Instructions for Zoom access at SCC.

To schedule an appointment, call the Academic Support Center at 507-389-7222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or schedule online through


Frequently Asked Questions

I am a student with a documented disability. Will I still receive my same accommodations now that classes are online?

Yes, you are still entitled to full access for your online classes. The accommodations you used for face-to-face classes might look different or, in some cases, may no longer be necessary now that the class is online, but you should still expect full access. For example,

  • if you use extended test time, online test platforms will be set up to allow the same time extension;
  • if you use technology to read print, it should be compatible with materials posted for your classes; and
  • if you use interpreting or captioning, you should expect all audio and video material to be captioned. 

SCC Disability Services has emailed you information directly regarding your specific accommodations, so please be sure to check your SCC email regularly.  If you have concerns about access during this transition, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 507-389-7222. We are working with administrators, technology staff, and faculty to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible for you. 

Will I still be able to access the Academic Support Center for my testing accommodations?

Disability Services will not be proctoring exams at this time. For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, exams will be provided in the appropriate alternative instruction format for each class. However, Disability Staff are available to consult with instructors and students about best practices for test taking as it relates to each student’s accommodations.

How will peer note-taking be handled now that all classes are online? 

Depending on class design, you may discover that your need for peer notes has changed. For example, if instruction and videos are available for you to watch at your own pace and replay information as needed, then you may no longer have a need for peer notes. If instruction is provided in real-time without the option to re-watch, then peer notes may still be useful.

Will there be any changes to the Alternate Format Textbooks accommodation? 

All material posted online should be screen reader accessible for students who have the Alternate Format Textbook accommodations. If you need assistance with this, please contact Disability Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 507-389-7222. In addition to ReadSpeaker, which is available to all students in D2L, Kurzweil is offering free subscriptions for its text-to-speech reader. Vital Source and Red Shelf are offering free eBooks. 

What about accommodations not listed here? 

Disability Services will reach out to faculty and students regarding other accommodations. Feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 507-389-7222 with any questions or concerns. 

With the switch to all online classes, will there be any additional accommodations needed? 

Depending on class design, there may be accommodations that are no longer needed. There also may be new accommodations that need to be implemented. Instructors and students should contact Disability Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 507-389-7222 with any concerns about new barriers.

Requesting Accommodations for the First Time

To request accommodations for the first time, students must meet with Disability Services staff to discuss their accessibility concerns or barriers and provide appropriate documentation. Students can request a meeting with DS staff by submitting the DS Info Appointment Form or by calling 507-389-7222. If you need an accommodation during your meeting with us (ie: sign language interpreter, documents in braille or large print) please let us know when you schedule your appointment.

Documentation Guidelines

Documentation should be comprehensive, discuss the current impact of the disability, and be signed by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis. The nature of your disability will determine what documentation you will need to provide. DS staff will provide you with guidelines on documentation if you are unsure of what to provide.

Students with high school IEPs or 504 Plans are welcome to submit them for consideration. You will need to provide your most recent Evaluation Report along with your IEP or 504 Plan. DS staff will review the documentation to determine if there is enough information in it to determine disability status at the college level. Please note that your high school IEP or 504 Plan is written to meet requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA), which does not apply at the college level.

SCC will provide reasonable accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary services that are warranted and supported by the received documentation and structured student interview. Accommodations cannot fundamentally alter the educational program or academic requirements that are essential to a course or program

TRIO Eligibility

Students with disabilities meet one of the criteria to be eligible for TRIO. The mission of TRIO is to increase retention, graduation, and four-year institution transfer rates of program participants. All program activities are designed to help you continue your education and increase academic success. Learn more and apply by visiting the TRIO Web page.

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