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Student Rights, Responsibilities, & Appeals

Last updated on Aug 10, 2023

Responsibilities of Students

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  • Engage in the interactive process. Students should share information about barriers or issues with their accommodations in an email or during a scheduled meeting.
  • Provide appropriate documentation of your disability in a timely manner. Ensure that your documentation meets CCA's documentation guidelines
  • You are responsible for your own success in higher education and to meet the academic and institutional standards required of all students
  • For new students, meet with Disability Services to request your accommodations and for returning students use the Semester Accommodations Opt-In/Opt-Out Form
  • Please notify your instructors and Disability Services immediately if you encounter barriers or are experiencing difficulty in your classes
  • If you have delayed notification for the need for services, instructors are neither required to offer make-up exams nor obligated to provide retroactive accommodations

What Are Your Rights?

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  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities at CCA
  • Fair and equitable process
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations
  • Information regarding a student's disability is considered confidential and only exchanged on a need-to-know basis

Inquiries & Appeals

If you believe that Disability Services has not identified or provided reasonable accommodations, you may seek a review of these actions by filling out a CCA Cares form.

Inquiries and appeals beyond the institutional level may be directed to the following:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco CA 94105
Phone: 415.486.5555
Fax: 415.486.5570
TDD: 877.521.2172

ADA Technical Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Justice
Phone: 800.514.0301
TTY: 800.514.0383

Other Resources

Wondering if you might have a disability? Do you suspect you have a learning disability and want an assessment of your learning style? Want to know more about dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), or nonverbal learning disorder (NLD)? Schedule a time to speak with a disability staff member at who will be able to refer you to local resources.

Answers to your questions may be found at the following websites: