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  • Students are required to purchase each book and provide proof of purchase to the SA Office prior to receiving materials.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to request alternate formats within a timely fashion as alternate formats can take several weeks to process.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to provide the name of the textbook, the author, the year and edition, ISBN number and what chapters are needed.
  • Many books can be accessed in etext format from the publisher or online libraries of digital books for people with print disabilities.
  • In the event a book cannot be obtained in etext format from the publisher or online libraries, the SA office may make other arrangements to provide the student with an accessible format of the text.
  • Additional information regarding the accessibility of digital information can be found in BSC’s Digital Accessibility policy.
Note Taking Assistance
  • Note taking assistance is an accommodation that is available for students on an individualized basis.
  • Students requesting note taking assistance must meet with SA staff and provide appropriate documentation to be considered for this accommodation.
  • Note taking assistance is intended to provide access to the lecture and is not considered a substitute for full participation in the course.
  • Access to PowerPoints prior to class
    • Students may request access to the instructor's PowerPoints if the instructor is using PowerPoint but not posting them to BlackBoard prior to class.
  • Ability to record online lectures
    • For classes that are provided online but not already recorded, a student may request permission from the instructor to record the lecture.
  • Ability to audio record lectures
    • As part of an accommodation plan, a student may use a personal device to record lectures and discussions.
  • Access to Instructor's Notes
    • As part of a discussion with the instructor, you may ask if the instructor is able to share their notes from the lectures.
  • Peer notetaker
    • If available, a classmate may be recruited to provide class notes content. Notes are provided as a supplement to the classroom experience; they are not intended to replace regular classroom attendance or participation.
Extended Testing Time
  • Extended time on tests is allowed for those students whose documentation verifies that this is a reasonable and necessary accommodation.
  • Students need to request this accommodation through the SA Office.
  • Typically, 1.5 to double the regular amount of time is granted for the extension.
  • The instructor can allow extended time in the classroom or the student can have tests proctored in the Testing Center.
  • Appointments to test in the Testing Center must be scheduled in advance.
Distraction-Reduced Testing Environment
  • A distraction reduced testing room can be requested by students whose documentation verifies that this is a reasonable and necessary accommodation.
  • Students need to request this accommodation through the SA office.
  • The instructor can arrange for a private/quiet room in a designated area or the student can schedule the test through BSC’s Testing Center.
Sign Language Interpreter
  • Sign Language Interpreting and Real Time Captioning will be provided, for those students whose documentation verifies that this is a reasonable and necessary accommodation.
  • Students need to request this accommodation through the SA Office and should allow a minimum of 60 days for arrangements to be made and the accommodation to begin.
Service Animals
To qualify for having a service animal on campus, a student must:
  • Have a disability as defined by the ADA; and
  • Be accompanied by a dog that is trained to do specific tasks or work for the student with a disability.
BSC employees may ask:
  • Is the animal required because of a disability?
  • What tasks/work is the animal trained to perform?
*Having a service animal does not obligate the student to register with Student Accessibility.

*Students applying for campus housing are strongly encouraged to notify the Student and Residence Life office of their plans to bring a service animal to campus.

Please see BSC’s Animals on Campus policy for more information.
Emotional Support Animals
  • “Emotional Support Animals” are prescribed to mitigate the impact of a disability by providing emotional support, comfort, calmness, stability, socialization and/or other types of assistance.
  • BSC can and does require relevant disability documentation to evaluate the potential need for an emotional support animal, while considering the reasonableness of the requested accommodation.
  • Students with disabilities requesting to have an emotional support animal in BSC residence facilities are required to begin the eligibility process by completing and submitting the Request for Disability Related Accommodations (Residence Life) forms which can be requested through the Student and Residence Life office.
  • Please see BSC’s Animals on Campus policy for more information.
Flexible Attendance
  • Some students with disabilities have medically-related conditions of an episodic nature that may make it difficult for them to fulfill the typical attendance requirements.
  • The SA Office will evaluate the request and the documentation provided to determine whether the student has provided justifiable disability-based reasons for requesting consideration in attendance requirements.
  • All requests for flexible attendance will be evaluated carefully, with consideration given to the information offered by faculty regarding course requirements.
  • This accommodation is meant to allow a little flexibility; however, if absences are excessive or if the student fails to keep up with the course work, the student will be encouraged to discuss other options with faculty such as dropping the course or arranging for an Incomplete.
Course Substitution
  • Students with disabilities are not excused from degree requirements. However, in some limited circumstances, substitution of a course requirement may be determined to be a reasonable and appropriate accommodation for a student with a properly documented disability.
  • An accommodation is not reasonable if it will substantially alter an essential element of the student’s program of study.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss any course substitution requests with the Student Accessibility office prior to entering into a program of study.
  • Additional information can be found in BSC’s Course Substitution policy.
Reduced Course Load

A student with a disability may request to maintain “full-time status” while carrying less than a full-time course load. The designation of “full-time status” makes students eligible for certain benefits or activities such as on-campus housing, participation in an athletic program offered at BSC or any other BSC sponsored activity that requires full-time status. By determining that a student is to be considered “full-time” with less than the typical full-time load, the student is provided access to the same range of benefits and programs available to all students.

Students with financial aid should contact BSC’s Office of Financial Aid before making any changes to their course load.

Personal Attendants
  • Personal care assistants will be allowed entrance into the classroom.
  • Any otherwise qualified student who requires attendant care services is expected to make arrangements for his/her own attendant care service.
  • BSC does not assume coordination or financial responsibilities for attendant care services.
Other Accommodations
  • The accommodations listed are not intended to be an all-inclusive list but are examples of some accommodations that are commonly requested.
  • Accommodations vary for each student and are based on each student’s disability.
  • Other accommodations may be discussed and arranged on a case-by-case basis.