Center for Disability
Services Student Handbook
Application - Center for Disability
The following procedures will apply for
consideration of requests for auxiliary aids, accommodations, or other special
services. Students should complete the steps below in advance of the anticipated
need for services: before May 1 for the fall semester, before Oct. 1 for the
spring semester, and before March 1 for the summer session.
Processing times vary and are
sometimes lengthy depending upon the number of applicants. It is necessary to
give the CDS the time and information needed to determine your eligibility and
accommodations. If a request is submitted after the deadline, the Center for
Disability Services will make every effort to accommodate the request but cannot
guarantee that such a request can be met. Late requests may result in delay of
an accommodation for the current semester.
The procedures for application
to the Center for Disability Services are as follows:
- Registration with Center for Disability
Services: Students will make an appointment with a counselor in the Center
for Disability Services and provide documentation of their disability and need
for accommodations (see Documentation page 4). This information will be kept
confidential and only information necessary for the provision of appropriate
support services will be released with students' written permission. This
information must be provided a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 school days
prior to the anticipated date of need.
- Intake: Students will complete the Moraine
Valley Community College Center for Disability Services' intake form and two
releases of information forms must be signed. These forms must be completed and
returned to the CDS office before services can be provided. (Note: Release Form
must be signed by parent if student is under 18).
- Professional Staffing: The professional
staff consists of the educational case manager, Center for Disability Services
director and instructional coordinator.
Students' documentation, school reports, appropriate medical information, and
other pertinent data are analyzed. Students' eligibility, needed services and
auxiliary aids are then determined by the
staff. It is in the students' best interest to make sure that this information
is sent to and received by the CDS. If
documentation is not complete or does not support requested accommodations,
students will be directed to acquire
additional documentation. Additional documentation is acquired at students'
- The COMPASS Placement Test (Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and
Support System): Consists
of untimed tests in basic writing, reading, and numerical skills, plus
additional tests in either elementary or advanced
algebra depending on students' high school mathematics background. Student can
bring their own calculator from
home for the math section. This test is required of all full-time students.
Part-time students registering for less than 12
credit hours are required to complete the appropriate placement tests in
reading, writing, and mathematics prior to
registering for English composition courses and/or any mathematics course, or
they must complete the reading and
writing tests after attempting 11 credit hours. The students may use their ACT
scores in lieu of a COMPASS test if they
scored a 20 or above in each category. Each category (Rdg., Com., Math) will be
The CDS strongly recommends that students take the COMPASS test before
registering for classes. Its purpose is to
identify students' strengths and needs in order to determine if developmental
coursework is necessary in one or
more areas. Students will not do well in college if their reading, writing, and
math skills are not at a college
level. Students who need assistance with COMPASS testing need to make an
appointment through the CDS office.
- Faculty Notification: The faculty memo of recommended services/accommodations
will be distributed to students at
the beginning of each semester. The student will hand deliver their memo to each
instructor they want notified and
discuss their accommodations/needs. The memo is valid for one semester.