Disability Support Services (DSS) at NPRC
NPRC strives to create an accessible learning experience for all students. Disability Support Services (DSS) are available to any student enrolled at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College who is seeking accommodations for equitable educational access. While we are here to support students, we also empower them to be strong self-advocates. DSS provides students with support on a case-by-case basis in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
How to Access Services
Students seeking accommodations do so by filling out the Accommodations Request Form. Once this form is received, a meeting will be scheduled with the student by a DSS staff member. It is at this meeting, which may be in-person or via phone or video conference, that the student will discuss with the staff member the disability(ies) for which they are requesting accommodations and the specific accommodations they would like to receive. Disability Support Services staff will be happy to talk with any student wishing to explore collegiately appropriate accommodations. Should the staff member discover that ADA documentation be needed to evaluate the accommodation request, the student will be provided with the appropriate forms at this meeting.
Students will receive a letter outlining the decisions regarding the accommodations request form. This letter will be sent to the student’s NPRC email as an attachment. If support services are awarded, students will be provided a letter to present to faculty and staff with a summary of the approved accommodations. It is the student’s right and responsibility to disclose to their instructors if they desire to use the approved accommodations.
Accommodations included within the letter from DSS are valid for one calendar year from the date in which the accommodations are granted. Student disability-related information will be disclosed to any outside organizations only with the student’s written permission. All disability documentation will be retained for a minimum of six years after students leave the College.
- Jennifer Cummings-Tutmaher
- Director of Enrollment and Student Success