Disability Resource Center

On-Campus Concurrent Enrollment Guidelines for Students with Disabilities

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for counselors, instructors, special education professionals, students and parents.

High Schools serving students with disabilities who have special need are subject to provisions of IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.  Colleges serving students with disabilities are subject to provisions of ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act.  These are two different laws with different purposes and different eligibility requirements. 

Concurrent enrollment for high school students provides challenges, since students can be dual enrolled in high school and college, they fall under both IDEA and ADA. Although all of us in education work to support students, we must still work within our respective legal framework.  The following guidelines should help to clarify our roles and responsibilities.

High School responsibilities under IDEA

As per the State Office of RISK Management and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Denver, High Schools/School Districts (HS/Districts) are responsible for services provided to students with disabilities under IDEA through SOP, IEP or 504 Plans.  This applies to all students who are concurrently enrolled with SLCC.  This applies to all courses affected by such a plan. The specific location of the classroom, or whether an instructor works for the School District or the College, does not abridge this responsibility.

The determination of eligibility for and the provision of such services are within the jurisdiction of the HS/District as they interpret and abide by IDEA and school district policies.Concurrently enrolled students with disabilities who are NOT under an SOP, IEP or 504 plans, who request disability services, will be referred to their HS/District offices. The College understands that there may be problems with high schools providing accommodations on SLCC campuses and that other logistical issues may arise.  The SLCC DRC will provide assistance and will interface with college instructors as needed to insure that services are put in place.

HS counselors involved with these services should contact the Disability Resource Center before the start of classes.  A copy of the IEP/504 Plan which outlines accommodations and services should be provided to the DRC so that we can notify instructors – through our established notification process. If testing accommodations and note taking services are needed, these will be arranged by the DRC on behalf of the student.

Some services, although allowed under IDEA, are not required under ADA. These include tutoring, instructor interventions, personal assistants and transportation.   Such services, authorized for HS concurrent enrollments students attending classes on SLCC campuses, must be arranged by the high schools, since the DRC does not provide such services. The DRC should be notified so we can assist with coordination of these services and notify instructors.

College responsibilities under ADA

College policy requires that all authorization of accommodations for students with disabilities come from the Disability Resource Center.  Faculty is not allowed to provide services at the request of students, parents, counselors or others without a written directive from the DRC. This is accomplished through a letter of authorization from the DRC. This applies to all courses on all campuses, regardless of delivery method, such as, through distance education or over the Web.  We will accept the determination of services made by the HS/District offices, but notification of instructors must come through the DRC and will require prior receipt of the IEP/504 Plans.  These can be faxed, emailed or hand delivered by the students.

  • Concurrently enrolled students with disabilities who contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance will be referred to their HS/District office which will determine the services that students require.
  • Concurrently enrolled students who chose not to apply for services through their HS/District office may request ADA services through the DRC.  Services under ADA require a different standard of eligibility.  Documentation of disabilities must be current and must be signed by a licensed PhD psychologist or medical doctor (MD). 

Students will need to provide such documentation which must be reviewed and approved by the DRC before any services can be provided.  In many cases IDEA documentation does not meet this requirement and students will need additional documentation to qualify. SLCC does not provide diagnostic services.  It may therefore take time to obtain such documentation and it is (again) recommended that they seek services from their HS/District. 

The DRC is committed to work with high schools to clarify and service delivery, when possible and appropriate. We are also available to meet with parents and HS counselors when requested. Please contact the following individuals if we can be of assistance or answer questions.

Candida Darling, Director, Disability Resource Center, 957-4659 candida.darling@slcc.edu
Jake Seamons, Outreach Coordinator, 957-3258 jake.seamons@slcc.edu