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Recruitment, Admissions and Registration
Qualified persons may not, on the basis of disability, be denied admission to, enrollment in, or participation in college programs or activities. The number or proportion of persons admitted will not be limited on the basis of disability. 
Financial Aid
The college shall not provide less financial assistance to any student based on his or her disabilities, limit his or her eligibility for assistance, or otherwise discriminate against him or her. Based on requests and supporting information provided by students to financial aid programs, financial aid awards will recognize the particular needs of students with disabilities, including the possible need for reducing credit loads. Accommodations will be made within the limits prescribed by state and federal regulations.

Students should discuss their requests to reduce course loads with the Center for Disability Services (CDS) office.
Advising, Counseling and Placement Services
Academic and career advising and placement services shall be available in accessible settings without discrimination on the basis of disability. Students have access to CDS counselors (S114) or the general education counselors (Counseling and Career Development Center in the College Center). Qualified students with disabilities shall not be counseled or advised toward more restrictive career objectives than nondisabled students with similar interests and abilities. This does not preclude providing factual information about licensing and certification requirements which may present obstacles to persons with disabilities in their pursuit of particular careers.
Student Employment
Postsecondary programs which employ students may not discriminate on the basis of disability.
The CDS maintains strict confidentiality of student records and information. Students' instructors will be informed of students' needs for accommodations only after students have signed a release of information form. Students' academic programs will be discussed with no one outside of the center without written permission. Information regarding disability will be safeguarded in other college areas (i.e., Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office) under the same strict guidelines.
Academic Adjustments
Academic requirements will be modified, as necessary, to ensure that they do not discriminate against qualified applicants or currently enrolled students with disabilities. At student's request, the CDS staff may recommend academic adjustments in compliance with state and federal mandates. Academic requirements that are essential to programs of instruction are not considered discriminatory.

These modifications shall not affect the substance of the educational program or compromise educational standards. Modifications may include substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degrees, or the adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.

These steps will be followed in requesting a course substitution:
  1. Contact the CDS office as to the needed substitution.

  2. The CDS will contact the academic department affected to determine whether or not the class is essential to the program and whether a substitution or modification can be made.

Loan of Adaptive Equipment
The CDS office lends or has available for use adaptive equipment and devices to qualified students free of charge. Equipment is loaned out on a daily, weekly, or semester basis depending on need and demand for equipment by other students. Students are held responsible for equipment they borrow.

Students must initially request to borrow equipment through a CDS staff person, who confirms the reasonableness of the request based on student's disabilities. Students must sign an equipment release agreement. Students will be instructed in the use and care of the equipment by a staff person.

If students fail to return equipment by the end of the semester, they may not be allowed to register for the next semester.

Full-Time Student Status
In some cases, students' disabilities may prevent them from carrying a 12-credit course load. Decisions on full-time student status are made on a case-by-case basis by the Center for Disability Services staff.
Questioning an Accommodation or Auxiliary Aid
Faculty members should be cognizant of the rights of students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Faculty members questioning the appropriateness of an accommodation or auxiliary aid should direct their inquiry to the CDS director. The CDS staff will work with faculty members and students to reach an appropriate accommodation that gives students equal access to the program and satisfies the concerns of faculty members.

Grievance Procedures
Students have the right to express concern if they believe they have been discriminated against because of their disability. The college has a student complaint and hearing process in place for discrimination grievances (See the Moraine Valley Community College catalog).

Students should first express their concerns to their instructor. If this does not resolve the concern, students should then see the director of the Center for Disability Services. The director will investigate the concern and communicate a decision to the student within 40 college days. If students are not satisfied with the director�s decision, they may continue their appeal as is outlined in the college catalog.
Increasing Disability Awareness
The CDS office provides current information to faculty, staff and students regarding disabilities and the available programs and services relating to them.
Carl Perkins Services
Students enrolled in career programs at Moraine Valley may be eligible for additional educational support services provided by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act. Students in other career or technical programs may also be eligible for services.

Under the act, opportunities are provided for students to overcome barriers (i.e., academic disadvantages, economic disadvantages, being a non-traditional student, limited English, disabilities) and successfully integrate their strengths within society. Support services that students may be entitled to are: tutoring, interpreters, adapted equipment, note-takers, and educational and career counseling.

Assistance with special needs includes help to enter a vocational education program; assessment of special needs; supplementary services including curriculum and equipment modification, supportive personnel and instructional devices; counseling and career development; and services designed to facilitate transition from school to postsecondary employment and career opportunities.

Notification of Return
Students with disabilities who have not registered for classes for a semester or more need to contact the Center for Disability Services upon their return to Moraine Valley because they will have been removed from active status and their instructors will not be notified of services.
Student records are kept on file in the CDS office for a maximum of five years. After five years student records are destroyed. Students who have not been registered for five years will need to go through the admission process again.

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