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Students Rights and Responsibilities (DRC)

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) recognizes and maintains all academic standards that are essential to provide quality academic programs while respecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Registration in the DRC by individuals with disabilities is voluntary. Not all students with disabilities require academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids/accommodations.

Students with a documented disability have the following rights:

  • Equal access to programs, facilities, services and courses available through Central New Mexico Community College.
  • Academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e. accommodations [34 CFR § 104.44a].
  • Security and confidentiality of all information pertaining to the student and his or her disability with the student’s choice of whom to disclose his or her disability, except as required by law.

Students with a disability have the rights and responsibilities to:

  • Meet with a counselor at the DRC to discuss accommodations and other issues relevant to their disability and attendance at CNM.
    • Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, the health status changes, functional limitations and the need for required academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e. accommodations.
    • Follow specific procedures for effecting academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e. accommodations.
    • Advocate for needs, seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary to be an effective self-advocates.

While working with students to determine required academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e. accommodations, the counselor assists the students to become informed of their rights and responsibilities and DRC procedures:

  • The Student Accommodation statement is valid for one year but can be updated at any time if accommodation needs change.
  • The registered student has the responsibility to give their Student Accommodation Statements to their instructors at the beginning of each class or upon receipt of the statement.
  • Students will discuss their academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e.: accommodations with their instructors.
  • When applicable, students will meet with their DRC counselor and instructor to discuss academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e. accommodations for practicum, student training, or any field work.
  • Students are responsible for arranging extended time testing with the DRC per instructions on the Extended Time Testing form.
  • Students will meet with their DRC counselor at least once each semester to review and update the Student Accommodation Statement, counseling and discussion of any disability related issues.
  • When applicable, students will contact their DRC counselor to request extended time testing, note taker services, sign language interpreters services, captioning, books in alternative format, adaptive technology on campus (examples: Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, screen reader), adaptive furniture in classrooms, adaptive listening devices, and equipment loans.
  • Comply with the Student Code of Conduct adopted by CNM, http://www.cnm.edu/depts/dean-of-students/student-code-of-conduct

The DRC has the responsibility to administer, maintain, and supervise support services for students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws. When appropriate, DRC provides services such as, extended time testing, note taker services, sign language interpreter services, captioning, books in alternative format, adaptive technology on campus (examples: Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, screen reader), adaptive furniture, adaptive listening devices, and equipment loans. Faculty and the DRC work cooperatively to make accommodations to academic and testing formats.

The DRC has the responsibility to:

  • Identify through the interactive partnership between the student and the DRC counselor necessary academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e. accommodations.
  • Ensure that faculty provide approved academic adjustments and auxiliary aids.
  • Accept documentation of a disability from a qualified professional.
  • Maintain confidentiality about students’ disability information.

The DRC is not responsible for:

  • Providing formal assessments to determine disability.
  • Reducing or altering essential requirements of a course or program or department’s academic standards.
  • Providing personal attendants, personal assistive devices, or service animals.
  • Sending Student Accommodation Statements to instructors

Failure to comply with rights and responsibilities may result in delayed support services.

Student Complaint process is available on-line at http://www.cnm.edu/depts/academicaffairs/academic-policy/#disa_disc_comp_proc

Rev. 2014.01.27