Roxbury Community College is committed to creating an educational environment that promotes academic excellence and personal exploration for all students. This includes a commitment to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. Unlike in high school, students in the post-secondary education system must self-disclose their disability in order to receive accommodations. As such, SAS engages students in an interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations. Our goal is to help students with disabilities develop self-advocacy and resiliency skills in a collaborative environment so that they may achieve their vocational and curricular aspirations. We also provide educational opportunities for the community to promote access and inclusion on campus. Furthermore, it is our philosophy that disability is a form of diversity and it is our mission to ensure that we are providing equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities.
If you have questions, please contact Student Accessibility Services. All accommodations are individualized, flexible, and determined based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment.
Unlike in K-12, a students' history of accommodations is discussed during the intake process and is considered when applying accommodations to the academic environment at RCC. However, any accommodations or modifications from an IEP or 504 plan are not guaranteed to be provided in the postsecondary level as access and educational laws change in this setting. If an accommodation request is determined to alter an essential component of a course or program, or alter a requirement and the fundamental nature of that requirement, it will not be provided. Furthermore, accommodations a student received at one postsecondary institution may not be provided at another, as each institution establishes their own academic requirements and essential components.
All students are required to provide medical or other appropriate diagnostic evaluation of the functional limitations of their disability.
The following essential elements for qualifying documentation have been adapted from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and are standards that must be met.
Students are required to formally disclose to SAS the condition in which they are requesting accommodations and are guided through the formal process. Accommodations are processed and approved by SAS.
At the Start of Each Semester, Students with Disabilities Should:
For incoming students, students should set up a meeting with Student Accessibility
Services before they take their placement exams.
Contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services:
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at RCC is a resource for students with varying disabilities and differences who are seeking support with accessing their academics, resources and opportunities. Some of our students include learners on the autism spectrum, those with dyslexia or dyscalculia, people living with mental health conditions, individuals who are blind or Deaf and students living with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, IBS or cancer. SAS also works with RCC faculty and staff to support them in their work and with ensuring our community is inclusive.