Disability Services

Student/Faculty Concerns

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The Student Disability Services (SDS) coordinator is available as a resource to assist students, faculty, and staff with informal problem solving or dispute resolutions.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to notify the SDS coordinator if there is a concern or grievance regarding the quality, absence of, or reliability of approved accommodations.
  • The SDS coordinator relies on the faculty to provide curriculum standards for guidance in determining when an accommodation is not deemed reasonable due to “fundamental alterations in course standards.”
  • Curriculum heads are encouraged to notify the SDS coordinator when concerns arise regarding recommended accommodations.
  • The SDS coordinator will work with the student and faculty/staff member to understand
    • their respective concerns,
    • explain pertinent aspects of the accommodation, and
    • will remain open to appropriate flexibility without compromising the rights or needs of students with disabilities.

Should a disability-related dispute not be resolvable in a timely manner, the following steps will take place:
  1. The concern will be reported, in writing, to 
    • the Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Services if it is academic in nature, or
    • the Dean of Students, if it is behavioral in nature.
  2. The Executive Vice President (or Dean of Students) will respond to the student within ten working days.
  3. A student who disagrees with the decision of the Executive Vice President (or Dean of Students) may appeal to the President who will put the matter before a Review Committee that is composed of
    • Executive Vice President,
    • Director of SSS,
    • Director of Academic Support, and
    • College Deans.
  4. This request must be submitted in writing to the President within three working days after receipt of the Executive Vice President’s (or Dean of Students') decision.
  5. The Review Committee will meet and respond within 10 working days of receipt of a request for review. 
  6. If this final attempt for resolution is unsuccessful, the student has the remaining option of filing a complaint under Section 504 (click here for link).

Tonya Bassé
Student Disability Services Coordinator
Balsam Center, Room 115
Phone: 828-339-4326
t_basse[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu