Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

The rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities are delineated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Community College of Baltimore County is committed to protecting and ensuring the rights of students with disabilities at the college.

Student Rights

  • The college will comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and ADA to provide equal access to its programs and services for students with disabilities.
  • No otherwise qualified person with a disability shall solely, because of the disability, be denied access to programs and services.
  • The disability support services office on each campus will work with each student to identify and provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations. 
  • Reasonable accommodations will be authorized for any student upon presentation of current documentation of disability consistent with guidelines. All records documenting students’ disabilities will be kept confidential. 
  • A professionally staffed disability support services office on each campus will be identified specifically to assist students with disabilities and will have copies of established procedures available for students.
  • Students with disabilities will be referred for additional services available on the campus. 
  • A grievance procedure is available to assist in resolving disputes arising in the process of determining eligibility and reasonable accommodations.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students who are requesting reasonable accommodations based on qualified disabilities must identify themselves as having a disability by making an appointment with a disability support services counselor on their campus to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  • It is the responsibility of each student to obtain and provide documentation to the disability support services counselor in accordance with CCBC guidelines.
  • The required documentation and request for accommodations must be made with sufficient time for the college to arrange accommodations. It may take at least two weeks for the college to implement accommodations
  • Students must obtain an accommodation letter from the disability support services counselor for each semester.
  • Students must present the accommodation letter issued by the disability support services counselor to instructors in a timely manner and work with each instructor to arrange the requested accommodations.
  • Students are responsible for obtaining written copies of established procedures and following them in order to access accommodations.
  • Students must report to the disability support services office, in a timely manner, any problems that arise with respect to the provision of reasonable accommodations.
  • Students must adhere to all college policies, including, but not limited to, the student code of conduct.