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PPM 85-600 Disability Policy on www.olc.edu
Last Update Jul 30 09:46:48 2009
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MARCH 2009
Student Support

85-600

BOT 04-30-09, 05-30-13


                                           Disability Policy

Oglala Lakota College recognizes physical and mental disabilities that include mobility, sensory, health, 
psychological, and learning disabilities, and provides reasonable accommodations and/or referrals once 
the disability is adequately documented.
While Oglala Lakota College’s legal obligations only extend to disabilities of a substantial and long-term 
nature, it is also the College’s practice to honor reasonable requests for accommodations and/or 
referrals for temporary disabilities such as a physical injury, illness, or complicated pregnancy*. In 
keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and with section 504, Oglala Lakota College can 
only provide accommodations and/or referrals to ensure students with disabilities equal access to 
education.
The college does not alter curriculum or provide services that would be construed as special education.  
Students with disabilities are not exempt from following OLC policies and procedures.
Procedures 
It is the responsibility of the student to make his or her disability and needs known in a timely fashion 
and to provide appropriate documentation and evaluations to support the accommodations the student 
requests. Documentation must come from an appropriate professional (such as a physician, 
psychologist, learning disability specialist, or audiologist),  and documentation must include information 
regarding the type of disability, functional limitations, and modes of treatment.  Individualized 
Education Plans (IEP) are not sufficient for documentation requirements. Once admitted the student 
must notify the Coordinator of Support Services by filling out an Application for Service.  If 
documentation is deemed inadequate, students may be asked to participate in additional evaluations 
prior to receiving requested accommodations.  Once the college has been notified and specific 
accommodations are requested and appropriately documented, the Coordinator of Support Services will 
work with the student to obtain the approved accommodations and/or referrals to ensure the student 
has the opportunity to equal access to education. Oglala Lakota College will provide all students with 
information regarding the disability policy and OLC's accommodation request procedures via the 
college’s website, student handbook, college catalog, and instructor’s syllabus. 
These accommodations and/or referrals may not affect the substance of the educational programs or 
compromise educational standards and will be provided by Oglala Lakota College to the best of the 
College’s ability based on the resources that it has. 
Accommodations include but are not limited to the following:
   Accessible classroom/location/furniture/dorms
   Advance notice of assignments
   Alternative ways of completing assignments (e.g., oral presentation versus written paper)
   Assistive computer technology
   Assistive listening devices
   Auxiliary aids and services (note takers, lab or library assistants, readers, interpreters)
   Captions for film and video material (if available)
   Document conversion (alternative print format: Braille, large print, tape, electronics, raised lettering)
   Early syllabus
   Financial aid accommodations
   Priority Registration
   Academic Advising
   Referral services to campus, community, and state agencies
   Learning disabilities consultation and strategy instruction
   Taped lectures
All disability-related documents are kept confidential and shared only with OLC personnel on a limited 
and need-to-know basis.
Accommodations based on a student’s disability can take some time to effect. Delay on the part of the 
student in seeking accommodations or in meeting required conditions may result in limitations on the 
ability of the College to provide reasonable accommodation.

*complications due to pregnancy may be a disability if the impairment is not a normal condition of 
pregnancy and a major life activity is affected. For example, a woman on bed rest under orders from her 
physician is disabled under the ADA. 

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