Accommodations & Accessibility
The College provides access to reasonable accommodations for each qualified student with a disability through individualized services, specialized equipment, and a supportive environment. An accommodative specialist acts as a liaison between you and Jefferson staff/faculty as you pursue your educational goals. At the same time, the College also hopes to foster your self-reliance and independence.
A disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as "any mental or physical condition that substantially limits an individual's ability to perform one or more major life activities."
You must initiate a request for eligibility review by contacting the accommodative and accessibility services office and following the stated College policies and procedures when requesting access to reasonable accommodations. It is strongly recommended that you contact us well in advance of classes. Accommodations for placement testing cannot be provided until eligibility has been determined.
Disability services are provided through the first floor of the Collaborative Learning Center at Jefferson. The office provides the academic support and assistance that students need to achieve success in college and beyond.
Students with disabilities are ensured that written records will be kept confidential and made available only to the Disability Specialist. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protect the confidentiality of student medical and disability records. Once submitted, disability-related information becomes the property of Jefferson Community College and is kept in separate files with access limited to the Disability Specialist. FERPA protects a student's record from being shared (without the student's permission) with faculty, administrators, other students, the press, or anyone without a legitimate (educational) reason for seeing the record. If consent is given by the student, only the diagnosis will be shared, not the documentation.
In order for parents or legal guardians to speak with the College staff regarding any information on the student (grades, services, attendance, etc.); the student must complete a release of information form.
Disability records do not follow the student upon transfer to another college or university and are not shared with employers. Students may request access to their documentation on file by notifying the first floor Collaborative Learning Center office in writing using the Request for Release of Documentation. Copies of documentation will be available within 2 business days of receipt of the request.
Learning skills specialist & testing coordinator
Student Success Services
Deans Collaborative Learning Center
Building 15, first floor
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Summer: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Voter registration forms are available from Deans Collaborative Learning Center, building 15, and at the New York State Board of Elections website: http://www.elections.ny.gov/NVRA.html.
Jefferson complies fully with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which states, "No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."