SPC Accessibility Services provides accommodations that ensure equal access for all students
SPC's Accessibility Services office provides or facilitates SPC students with:
- Academic adjustments such as early registration and exam accommodations
- Aids and services including adaptive technologies, note-takers and interpreters
Students requesting a No Mask/No Face Covering Accommodation must register with Accessibility Services through the Accessibility Information Management (AIM) system.
Students are required to provide a letter from their medical provider on letterhead, medical script or formal documents request. The document must include the specified medical diagnosis and the recommendation from the medical provider. Approval may take up to two weeks 14 working days for final documented approval. Once the documentation is received a meeting with the student, Accessibility Services Coordinator and faculty will be scheduled to determine the best line of protection and access to college services which may include a face shield, access to Live On-Line SPC courses and events, virtual appointments and other adjustments that would best allow for enhanced social distancing. If a no facemask, no face shield, a face shield, or no face coverings accommodation is approved the students name will be shared with the Accessibility Services Team, Campus Leadership, Security, the Dean and Faculty. Students will be required to carry a photo ID to prove they are the student awarded the accommodation.
REGISTER FOR SERVICES
- If you need help completing the online college application or have questions about applying to or attending SPC, please contact an Accessibility Services coordinator.
- If you need assistance with Sign Language Interpreting or Captioning, complete this request for a Sign Language Interpreter.
- If you use a service animal, please visit our Service Animals FAQ.
- To request Accessibility Services, see a campus Accessibility Services coordinator and bring your documentation. If you do not have documentation, the Accessibility Services coordinator can let you know what you need to qualify for accommodations. Schedule your appointment as early as possible so that accommodations can be made in a timely manner. All information will be kept confidential.
Who is eligible?
As a student at SPC with a documented disability, you may be eligible to receive services. If you think you have a disability but have not had it documented, your campus Accessibility Coordinator will explain how to get proper testing or assessment. To be documented, you must have a recent report from a licensed physician or psychologist or an IEP or SOP from your high school.
What Services are Available?
Appropriate, reasonable accommodations are offered based on documented needs. Accommodations might include:
- Adaptive technology
- Early registration
- Note takers
- Sign language interpreters
- Real-time captioning
- Testing arrangements
- Classroom modifications
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Students who use these services tend to have:
- Higher GPAs
- Fewer withdrawals from courses
- Better graduation rates
Under Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, SPC seeks to ensure that admission, academic programs, support services, student activities and campus facilities are accessible to and usable by all students who attend the college. Students with disabilities who desire accommodations need to provide appropriate documentation of a disability and request services from Accessibility Services through one of the Accessibility Coordinators.
St. Petersburg College recognizes the importance of equal access to learning opportunities for all students. Accessibility Services (AS) is the campus office that works with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations. Students registered with AS, who are requesting accommodations, are encouraged to contact their instructor by the first week of the semester. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. learning disability, ADD/ADHD, psychiatric, medical/orthopedic, vision, and/or hearing), are invited to contact the Accessibility Coordinator (AC) that serves your campus for a confidential discussion.
Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Statement
The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College affirms its equal opportunity policy in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Educational Equity Act and all other relevant state and federal laws, rules and regulations. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or against any qualified individual with disabilities in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this Rule, the college will not tolerate such conduct. Should you experience such behavior, please contact Pamela Smith, the director of EA/EO/Title IX Coordinator at 727-341-3261; by mail at P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489; or by email at email@example.com. View Equity Report.