Perimeter College Disability Services’ Policies
Georgia State University meets the requirements of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disability Services serves as a full-time advocate for students with disabilities, as well as a resource for faculty, staff and administration.
ADA Grievance Procedure
The following are the steps a student should take to resolve a complaint about accommodations provided by Georgia State University:
- Students must attempt to resolve conflicts by contacting the Disability Services coordinator on the campus where they have applied for services.
- If the results of this process are unsatisfactory to the student, he or she must contact the associate director of Disability Services in person or by mail on the Clarkston campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021, or by phone at 678-891-3385. The associate director will investigate the complaint and make reasonable efforts to resolve the matter. The investigation shall be informal, but thorough, affording all persons an opportunity to submit evidence or other relevant information.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the associate director of Disability Services, he or she can contact the director of Disability Services in person or by mail at Student Center East, Suite 205, 55 Gilmer Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, or by phone at 404-413-1560. The director shall provide a written or verbal final response to the student.
Use of this grievance procedure does not limit a student’s pursuit of other remedies, including the right to pursue a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
All students attending colleges and universities are considered adults, with privacy and confidentiality protections. Georgia State University faculty and staff cannot talk with parents and guardians about a student’s academic activities without explicit permission from the student. FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Disability Services must follow the FERPA guidelines.
Policy of Nondiscrimination
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives individuals with disabilities civil rights protection that is similar to that provided to all individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin and religion. The act guarantees equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.
In addition, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation act states: “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely on the basis of his/her handicap, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance”.
Disability Services Test Policies
The student is responsible for scheduling exams in which he or she wishes to use the testing space at Disability Services. A Test Accommodations Form is required. The following guidelines are a minimum standard to obtain services through Disability Services.
Procedures for Scheduling Tests:
- Faculty must have reasonable notice of at least five business days to ensure testing space.
- For day classes during regular office hours, students need to schedule the exam no later than five business days before the exam to receive accommodations.
- For evening classes (after office hours), exams will be proctored during office hours as arranged. If requesting Disability Services to proctor tests after office hours, requests must be no later than five business days in advance.
- It is students’ responsibility to notify Disability Services if tests are canceled, if dates change or if Disability Services is no longer needed for a particular test.
- If a student does not show up for a scheduled exam, he or she must make arrangements with the instructor for a make-up test before being allowed to reschedule the test with Disability Services.
- Only materials indicated on the Test Accommodation Form will be allowed in the testing room. No electronic devices will be allowed in the testing room.
- Before beginning the exam, advise Disability Services staff of any need for breaks. Prepare ahead for snacks or medications.
- Students must remain in the designated testing room. In case of emergency, the incomplete exam must be returned to Disability Services staff. If a student leaves the room without informing the staff, the exam will be returned to the instructor.
- Arriving late will not extend the scheduled ending time for the test.
- Students arriving more than 30 minutes late for a scheduled exam will not be permitted to take the exam. The student will have to make arrangements with the instructor for taking the exam.
- All students are held accountable under the Georgia State University Policy on Academic Honesty. If a student is observed violating this policy, the test will retrieved, and the incident will be reported to the instructor.