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Brief Overview

Pitt Community College is committed to ensuring access to the academic experience for students with disabilities. With reasonable accommodations facilitated by the Office of Disability Services, students have equal opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from all Pitt Community College has to offer. 

To create an environment which is truly accessible and inclusive of all persons requires participation of everyone. The Office of Disability Services serves as a resource and a catalyst for change by providing information and assistance to faculty and staff.

All students, faculty, staff, and the public are encouraged to contact us for more information. We are located in Room 150 of the Everett Building (CWE). Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Defining a Disability

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 define a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or restricts a person from performing major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, or caring for one's self. An impairment or diagnosis does not necessarily constitute a disability. It must substantially limit these activities. 

Eligibility 

An eligible student is one who otherwise meets the academic and technical standards necessary for admission into a program or participation in a course. 

Accommodations 

The Office of Disability Services works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to identify appropriate academic accommodations, auxiliary aids and services that do not fundamentally change the nature of the course or academic program. Accommodations for private use or services of a personal nature, such as transportation or personal care attendants, are not available. 

Temporary Disability 

Students with a temporary disability or injury are not considered disabled by the law. However, they may need services or accommodations to access their courses. These students should contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible to discuss their options. 

Confidentiality 

The Office of Disability Services is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student is kept confidential as required or permitted by law. All information filed with our office is shared only with those who have a legitimate need to know. 

Grievances

The Student Grievance Procedure provides a system to handle student complaints against faculty or staff (support and administrative) concerning allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair grading and other alleged violations of student rights.  The Student Grievance Procedure/Due Process in accordance with the Written Student Complaints Policy is in the Pitt Community College General Catalog under Student Development Services, subheading Disciplinary Action.