Section 504/ADA Process
American Disabilities Act and Section 504 Accommodations
Per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008, Western Dakota Technical College’s policy ensures no qualified person shall, solely because of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the college. WDTC works to ensure campus accessibility for persons with disabilities for admissions, educational opportunities, programs, activities, employment practices, and facilities use/maintenance. Please note that no accommodations will be made that result in a fundamental alteration of programs, place undue financial and administrative burdens upon the college, and lower academic and other essential standards.
As students transition to higher education, it is vital to know the rights and responsibilities related to their disability. The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education provides a Transition Guide for students entering post-secondary education and a Letter for Parents. High school students can also reach out to the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) for additional resources.
Students must contact the Disability Service Coordinator to request accommodations. This contact should be made as early in the semester as possible but can be made at any time. Please note, accommodations are never retroactive. Students' responsibility includes providing documentation to verify the disability and limitations. If documentation does not meet the standards, the student may be asked to provide additional documentation before receiving accommodations. If further testing is needed, the student will incur any costs associated with that testing.
The Disability Service Coordinator will work with students through the accommodation request process. This process follows these steps:
- Complete the Disability Services Request Form.
- Provide verification documentation.
- Meet with the Disability Service Coordinator to discuss individual needs.
- For approved accommodations, the student will sign accommodation paperwork that instructors also sign before accommodations are active.
Students are responsible for letting instructors know when they would like to use accommodations. Accommodations for tests must be requested before taking the exam. Ideally, this request will be at least one week in advance. Instructional/classroom accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
- Assistive technology
- All of WDTC has access to Kurzweil.
- All of WDTC has access to Microsoft Accessibility Tools through Office 365.
- Digital recorders are available through the WDTC Library.
- Digital textbooks
- Distraction-reduced testing environment
- The SSC has testing rooms equipped with HD Cameras for accommodated tests.
- Enlarged material
- Extended time on exams (up to time and a half)
- Preferential seating
- Readers for tests
Students are encouraged to self-advocate and work with the Disability Service Coordinator and their Student Success Coach to succeed. Students can receive accommodations to ensure equal access in higher education, but will not receive any modifications.
In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, WDT will not allow students to be under the influence while in classes or on campus. WDTC complies with this federal legislation required by law to receive federal funding that includes student financial aid. Federal legislation will take precedent over SDCL 34-20G regarding the use of medical marijuana.ADA Grievance Procedure