Student Rights and Responsibilities

Eligibility for Services
Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities
Rights and Responsibilities of Tulsa Community College


Students enrolled in post-secondary education are required to self-identify if they would like to request services on the basis of disability. Tulsa Community College attempts to provide every opportunity for a student with a disability to self-identify. There are several opportunities for students to learn about Disability Resources such as in information located in TCC’s catalog and website under “Student Services," during new student orientation sessions and classes, faculty members are encouraged to provide students the opportunity to self-identify by including a statement on their syllabus regarding accommodations for students with disabilities, and prospective students are always encouraged to contact Disability Resources directly, as soon as possible, to request information on resources or accommodations.

Eligibility for Accommodations

Students who would like to request disability-related academic support resources or accommodations are required to submit appropriate documentation and to schedule an appointment for an initial intake procedure with the Education Access Center professional staff.   EAC staff will review the documentation and the student should contact the appropriate EAC Office to determine eligibility to receive support services and schedule an intake. Students can expect to receive an initial response within 10 College business days of Disability Resources’ receipt of the documentation.

As part of the intake procedure, an EAC academic counselor  or specialist will require appropriate documentation of disability. Eligibility will be determined on the basis of the presence of a disability and a need for academic support services and accommodations to support an equal educational opportunity. Information from the disability documentation, the student’s stated experience with academic support services that have been effective in past academic settings and the EAC professional staff member's professional judgment will be drawn upon in making the eligibility determination.

The first prong of the federal definition of disability includes two elements: 1) a physical or mental impairment which 2) substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the person in question. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, breathing, seeing, hearing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning and working. Therefore, disability has both medical and functional elements, and both of these elements must be explicitly documented for Disability Resources’ purposes. Students are required to provide documentation of disability prior to the provision of receiving academic support accommodations. Accommodations cannot be retroactive and begin only after documentation is received and a reasonable time for accommodation development has been allowed.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

  • Meet all College qualifications, including the essential technical, academic and institutional standards.

  • Provide appropriate documentation of disability as outlined in the Guidelines of this publication.

  • Contact and meet with an Education Access Center professional staff in a timely manner when seeking accommodations.

  • Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations.

  • Seek information, counsel and assistance, as necessary.

  • File a written appeal of any decision regarding reasonable accommodation with the Disability Resources in accordance with prevailing College student discrimination grievance procedures.

Rights and Responsibilities of Tulsa Community College

  • Provide a campus in which cultural, educational and extracurricular activities are physically and programmatically accessible.

  • Create policies that encourage the inclusion of persons with disabilities in education and employment.

  • Provide a process so students with disabilities may address their grievances with the institution and the offices that provide services.

  • Make available and accessible information regarding policies and procedures to individuals with disabilities.

  • Provide reasonable accommodations upon request in a timely manner once appropriate documentation of disability has been received.

  • Keep all records and communications confidential except where permitted or required by law.

  • Maintain all College standards.

  • Select among equally effective and appropriate accommodations for students attending a post-secondary institution.