Accessibility Policies
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Accessibility Policies

Policies and Procedures

All Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses have developed policies and procedures for providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.

Access for students with disabilities

Saint Paul College will provide equal access to qualified students with disabilities in all programs, services and activities. Access means that a qualified individual with a disability will not be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities; nor will the student be subject to discrimination. All reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided for students who have a qualified disability based on recent psychological or medical evaluation. The student is required to give 48 hours advanced notice of the need for such accommodations.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations will NOT be provided:

  • for personal devices or services, even though the individual may be a qualified individual with a disability
  • if the accommodation would result in fundamentally altering the nature of the program
    • when the academic requirements are essential to a program of study
    • to meet licensing prerequisites
  • if the accommodation would cause undue financial or administrative burden

Sign Language Interpreting Services Policies

Definition of Sign Language Interpreter
Sign Language interpreters are professionals who facilitate communication between hearing individuals and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The role of the interpreter is similar to that of a foreign language translator: to bridge the communication gap between two parties.

Request Sign Language Interpreting Services 2-weeks prior to class start
Students requiring sign language interpretation should request services in advance of class. The Office of Disability Services requests 2 week’s notice for interpretation of a class and five business days to arrange interpretation for a meeting. The Office of Disability Services will attempt to schedule an interpreter when less notice is provided, but reserves the right to reschedule meetings or delay services if this is not possible.

Notice of Absence
Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible when the student will be absent from a class or meeting. If a student is absent for three class periods and/or meetings in a semester without notifying the Office of Disability Services, interpreting services may be discontinued. The student must meet with the Office of Disability Services to appeal suspension of services.

Refer Students to the Office of Disability Services to Request Interpreting Services
In the unlikely event that a student shows up for the first day of class without an interpreter, the student should be referred to the Office of Disability Services where they can request interpreting services. Deaf or hard of hearing students often request interpreters from the Office of Disability Services when they register for classes. The Lead Interpreter will then schedule an interpreter. Faculty and staff may request an interpreter for office hours, meetings, and other College-related events by contacting the Office of Disability Services.

Captioning of videos and film

State Policy: All films and videos acquired after 12/30/94 must have either open or closed captioning. Any films and videos purchased on or before 12/30/94 that are not captioned may be used, but will be captioned on request or as a requested reasonable accommodation.

Exceptions: Captioning may not be required when material will not be used for ongoing training and material will be shown to a specific known audience which does not require captioning for equal access.

TTY/TDD Notification

State Policy: TTY numbers shall be included on all written material whenever a telephone number is listed. If the department or area does not receive frequent calls from persons using a TTY, the number for Minnesota Relay, 711 may be listed.

Meeting/Program/Event Accessibility

State Policy: All departments shall ensure that facilities used for meetings, training, and public events are physically accessible.

Notification: All departments shall inform potential participants in the above activities of the availability of accommodations by including the following statement on bulletins, flyers, brochures, letters, PSA's, or any other material used to inform participants of the event:

This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by contacting Caidin Riley, Director of Disability Services at 651.846.1547 or email Caidin Riley. For TTY Communication, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1.800.627.3529.

Written Communications

State Policy: All departments that develop, use and/or purchase written materials for distribution to the public will ensure that each document contains a statement indicating that alternative formats will be provided upon request.

Written Notification: The following statement must be included on all new materials and must be added to existing materials when they are reprinted. Preprinted materials in use prior to preprinting shall have a label attached that contains the following:

This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by contacting Caidin Riley, Director of Disability Services at 651.846.1547 or email Caidin Riley. For TTY Communication, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1.800.627.3529.