All MnSCU campuses have developed policies and procedures for providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Contact the Academic Support Center for information.

Reasonable Accommodation Examples:

Captioning of videos and film

State Policy: All films and videos acquired after 12/30/94 must have either open or closed captioning. Any films and videos purchased on or before 12/30/94 that are not captioned may be used, but will be captioned on request or as a requested reasonable accommodation.

Exceptions: Captioning may not be required when material will not be used for ongoing training and material will be shown to a specific known audience which does not require captioning for equal access.

TTY/TDD Notification

State Policy: TTY numbers shall be included on all written material whenever a telephone number is listed. If the department or area does not receive frequent calls from persons using a TTY, the number for Minnesota Relay, 711 may be listed.

Meeting/Program/Event Accessibility

State Policy: All departments shall ensure that facilities used for meetings, training, and public events are physically accessible.

Notification: All departments shall inform potential participants in the above activities of the availability of accommodations by including the following statement on bulletins, flyers, brochures, letters, PSAs, or any other material used to inform participants of the event:

This information will be made available in a alternative format, such as braille, large print, or cassette tape upon request

Written Communications

State Policy: All departments that develop, use and/or purchase written materials for distribution to the public will ensure that each document contains a statement indicating that alternative formats will be provided upon request.

Sign Language Interpreting

Definition: Interpreters are professionals who facilitate communication between hearing individuals and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The role of the interpreter is similar to that of a foreign language translator: to bridge the communication gap between two parties.

Usage: Sign language interpreters will be provided to deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students who request and demonstrate a need for interpreter services. Requests for interpreter services shall be made at least 4 weeks in advance of enrollment. All new D/HH students must meet with the State Consortium Counselor before accessing interpreter services. College staff will facilitate a meeting with the D/HH student and the State Consortium Counselor. Contact the Academic Support Center at (507) 389-7339. The Academic Support Center will attempt to schedule an interpreter when less notice is provided, but reserves the right to reschedule meetings or delay services if this is not possible.

Notice of Absence: Students are responsible for notifying the Academic Support Center as soon as possible when the student will be absent from a class or meeting. If a student is absent for three class periods and/or meetings in a semester without notifying the Academic Support Center, interpreting services may be discontinued. The student must meet with Marilyn Weber to appeal suspension of services.

Requesting an Interpreter: Deaf or hard of hearing students often request interpreters from the Academic Support Center when they register for classes. In the unlikely event that a student shows up for the first day of class without an interpreter, the student should be referred to the Academic Support Center where she or he can complete a Support Service Plan. The Academic Support Center Supervisor will then schedule an interpreter. Faculty and staff may request an interpreter for office hours, meetings, and other College-related events by contacting Marilyn Weber.

Access for students with disabilities

South Central College will provide equal access to qualified students with disabilities in all programs, services and activities. Access means that a qualified individual with a disability will not be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities; nor will the student be subject to discrimination. All reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided for students who have a qualified disability based on recent psychological or medical evaluation. The student is required to give 48 hours advanced notice of the need for such accommodations.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations will NOT be provided:

  • for personal devices or services, even though the individual may be a qualified individual with a disability
  • if the accommodation would result in fundamentally altering the nature of the program
    • when the academic requirements are essential to a program of study
    • to meet licensing prerequisites
  • if the accommodation would cause undue financial or administrative burden

South Central College provides the following services and activities:

  • Counseling and informational services that may include support group, individual counseling, career counseling and assessment, and referral services
  • Academic accommodations that may include assistance devices, early registration, early syllabus availability, taped textbooks, notetaking assistance, testing modifications and physical access accommodations
  • Coordination services that may include advocacy assistance, liaison with faculty and staff, liaison with community agencies, intervention procedures, and grievance procedures