Frequently Asked Questions
What do we mean by accommodations?
Academic Accommodations refers to an intervention that helps a student with a disability receive the most benefit from course delivery and demonstrate required performance standards. Accommodation may occur in the academic environment or in a field placement setting. Accommodations must be reasonable, which means that no one suffers unduly – not the student, not the instructor, not the College.
The purpose of accommodations is to “level the playing field” between students with disabilities and students who do not have disabilities. The purpose is not to provide an unfair advantage or to compromise learning outcomes. Accommodations should not be confused with modification which change or alter learning outcomes. RRC does not provide modifications to courses or programs.
I am a current RRC student and think I may have a disability but I’m not sure. What should I do?
If you think you may have a disability make an appointment to see a counsellor by stopping by our office or booking an appointment online. We will do our best to help you figure out what you need to do next. After learning more about your challenges, and if it’s in your best interests, your counsellor may refer you for an assessment.
How do I know if my documentation is what RRC needs?
RRC has a Disability Documentation Guide that clearly outlines what we require to help you develop the best accommodation plan. Please bring your documentation to your first appointment with your counsellor. If you documentation but it does not meet our requirements, you may still be eligible receive some accommodation while you update your information.
Why is documentation required?
Many disabilities are “invisible.” Accessibility Services requires documentation of your disability so that we can determine the effects of your disability on your academic performance and decide on appropriate academic accommodations. If you provide Accessibility Services with a copy of your documentation verifying your disability, you will not be required to provide documentation to anyone else at Red River College.
Also, with documentation, students with disabilities can often be eligible for financial assistance for equipment or services related to their disability. All of these financial assistance programs require documented proof of a disability before they will consider your application for financial aid.
Do individuals with disabilities receive special consideration for admission?
No. Individuals with disabilities must meet the same admissions requirements as non-disabled students. Individuals, however, may receive accommodations for admissions testing when appropriate. If you would like to request accommodations for an admissions test, make an appointment with a counsellor by booking online.
Does Accessibility Services play a role in deciding if a person is accepted into a program?
No. Enrolment Services at RRC determines if a person is eligible to enter a program based on the admission requirements of that program.
Will instructors be flexible in their testing procedures and assignments if a student has a disability?
Testing and assignments are accommodated according to the student’s documented disability-related needs. Limited flexibility may be possible depending on individual circumstances. It is important to note that students with disabilities are required to meet the same essential learning outcomes as students who do not have disabilities. Accommodations may be granted to provide equal opportunity to meet these same essential learning outcomes.
Are the services I receive free of charge?
Red River College has the expectation that all students with disabilities, in collaboration with their counsellor, explore funding to support the costs of academic accommodations and disability services. However, we will not refuse service to anyone on the basis of funding being denied.
Is all information that is disclosed to Accessibility Services treated as confidential?
Accessibility Services treats all student information as confidential. We require written permission from students before speaking with anyone regarding their disability or any other personal information.