Florida Southern College welcomes all students seeking to further their education. Accordingly, Florida Southern College prohibits discrimination against any qualified student with a disability.
The college engages in an interactive process with the student and, as appropriate, with professionals documenting the disability and the student’s family. If you have a disability and would like to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, written relevant documentation from a licensed physician, psychologist, or other qualified professional is ideal. A high school plan such as an IEP or 504 Plan may or may not be fully sufficient documentation, but can be helpful.
- Identify themselves, provide documentation and request reasonable accommodations in a timely manner.
- Once approved for accommodations, communicate with faculty about how the accommodations will be implemented in the classroom.
- Submit Consent Form to the Coordinator of Student Disability Services for every semester you request academic accommodations
- Communicate with the Coordinator of Student Disability Services in a timely manner should any issues with accommodations arise.
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Documentation regarding disability is confidential and will only be shared with the Coordinator of Student Disability Services and the Associate Vice President for Student Support. Only accommodation information will be shared with relevant faculty and staff through written consent of the student. Specific diagnosis information is confidential between the student and the Office of Student Support. In rare circumstances, documentation may be shared with other relevant college officials. Disability information is not part of student academic records.
Documentation must be relevant — that is, reflect the current status of the student and her/his disability needs. Ideally, documentation will describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability and how accommodations can improve student access to their full college experience. Requests for disability accommodations must be made each semester, and students must meet with their instructors to determine how the requested accommodations will be made in each class.
Although numerous accommodations may be offered — extended time on tests, access to classmates’ notes, and preferential seating to name only a few — students with documented disabilities are encouraged to utilize academic resources generally available to FSC students, including peer tutoring, study skills resources, and support assistance from their faculty advisor, instructors, and members of the Student Solutions Center. The Coordinator of Student Disability Services, Jennifer Del Valle, is available to guide students to needed resources.
Florida Southern College has an attendance requirement and a requirement that students participate in Engaged Learning activities in the classroom. Once accommodations are approved, how they will be implemented in each class is determined in an interactive process between the professor and the student. Each faculty member has attendance and Engaged Learning requirements in the course syllabus and the student and faculty member should review these together and determine the degree of flexibility that can reasonably be offered in each class.
Here is more information on what constitutes a disability and how to seek accommodations. Additionally, although FSC works with each student using information available, here is a description of what “ideal documentation” might include.
Further documentation may be needed if you are requesting a service or assistance animal as a reasonable accommodation. Please see our Service and Assistance Animal Policy for information.