Students receiving services through DSS must be enrolled at DVC and must have a chronic
disabling condition that has been verified by an appropriate professional. The students
disabling condition must limit one or more major life activities, and impose an "educational
limitation." An educational limitation is a disability related functional limitation
in the educational setting that occurs when the limitation prevents a student from
fully benefiting from classes, activities, or services offered by the college without
specific, additional support services or instruction. Examples are physical, communication
and psychological disabilities, acquired brain injury, developmentally delayed learning
and learning disability.
Students must possess the ability to respond appropriately to questions, follow directions,
and demonstrate the potential to benefit from special programs and services.
Students must demonstrate appropriate adaptive and/or self-help behavior. This includes
providing their own personal attendant care. DSS staff will not provide this service.
Students must demonstrate annual measurable academic progress. Failure to do so may
result in termination of services.
Students requesting services and/or academic accommodations offered at DVC are recommended
to arrange an appointment with a DSS counselor or learning disabilities specialist
and complete an application for services. DSS will then establish a Student Educational
Contract (SEC) and verify the disability by using one of the following means: 1) review
of documentation provided by appropriate agencies or certified or licensed professionals
outside of DSS; 2) assessment by appropriate DSS professional staff; or 3) observation
by DSS professional staff with review by DSS Program Manager. Once a student's disability
has been verified, the DSS professional will identify the educational limitations,
document them in the Student Educational Contract and review and update it annually.
Services may be denied if it is determined that a student does not meet one or more
of the above eligibility criteria.
Students seeking to appeal the denial of services should seek remedy through the Program
Manager of DSS. If, after consulting with the DSS Program Manager, students are still
not satisfied, they may appeal to the Dean of Student Services.