PART 2 - Students with Disabilities in the College Environment

DAC Academic Senate Policies


Senate Policy Statement on Taping Classroom Lectures

On April 13, 1987, the Academic Senate approved a policy statement consistent with State statutes and regulations allowing students with physical limitations and learning disabilities to record lectures in the classroom.


Senate Policy on Course Substitution/Waiver

On June 13, 1994, the Academic Senate approved a policy and procedure consistent with State statutes and regulations allowing course substitutions/waivers for students with disabilities under specific conditions


De Anza College intends all of its graduates to master the competencies required by Title V of the California Education Code and to complete the courses required for graduation. The college recognizes that most disabilities that preclude a student from completing a course can be overcome by altering the method of course delivery and providing a combination of appropriate accommodations. Therefore, for most students with documented disabilities, the first level of accommodation will involve an attempt to complete the course with extra help or altered means of delivery.

For some students with a disability, accommodations and alterations of course delivery will not be enough to enable the student to complete the course. If a student with a disability has discovered that the first level of accommodation is insufficient to enable him/her to complete the course, or if a student's disability is of such magnitude that any attempt at completing the course would be futile, that student may submit a petition for course substitution or, as a last resort, course waiver. The decision to make a course substitution or waiver will be made on a case-by-case basis by a DSPS counselor and the instructor who teaches the course to be substituted, in conjunction with the Department Head and the Division Dean.

Any course substitution or waiver granted by De Anza College is for the purpose of De Anza College's requirements only, and may not be recognized by a subsequent educational institution and/or licensing board.


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