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River Parishes Community College

Academics

Academics at River Parishes Community College

River Parishes Community College, Academic Affairs, includes all technical and transfer credit programs, library services, and college-wide institutional effectiveness. Academic Affairs supports the mission of RPCC through providing leadership, quality service, and instruction that leads to technical certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees for transfer or the workforce.

  1. Academic Calendars
  2. Catalogs
  3. Online Bookstore
  4. Transfer Resources
  5. Proctored Exams
  6. Transfer and Articulation
  7. RPCC Canvas

Frequently Asked Questions

What are accommodations?

Accommodations are modifications designed to limit the impact of a person’s disability on their academic success. They are determined on an individual basis for each student by examining the specific disability, the documentation provided, and the expressed needs of the student. As a result, students with the same disability may actually require different accommodations.

How do I register for services?

Students who wish to register for services must provide Student Services with appropriate disability documentation (see Handbook for guidelines) and a documentation cover sheet, which is available on the RPCC website. Student Services will review your documentation to determine if you are eligible for services. If accommodations are warranted, you will receive an email inviting you to schedule a registration appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator.

Students typically complete the registration process during individualized meetings with the Disability Services Coordinator. Federal law prohibits the sharing of a student’s information with any third party, including parents/guardians, without written consent. As a student support resource on campus, our goal is to empower students with the information and tools to advocate for their success as RPCC students. For more information, please refer to the section of the handbook that discusses confidentiality.

After I complete my registration appointment, is there anything else I need to do in order to start using my accommodations?

Yes, there are several additional steps that you must complete. While all of the steps will be thoroughly reviewed with you during your registration appointment, a brief description of the remaining steps are as follows:

1. Complete Disability Support Services Application. This step must be completed prior to the start of each semester.
2. In 3 to 5 business days after submitting application, your letter will be emailed to you.
3. Deliver a letter to each instructor, obtain signature and return letter to Disability Services Coordinator.
4. Schedule meeting with each instructor to discuss implementation of your accommodations in each of your courses.

Can my IEP serve as documentation?

IEPs do NOT apply in college. While an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan can provide valuable information, it will not serve as documentation of a disability. Evaluation by a qualified professional with expertise in the area of your disability is required. You will need to provide appropriate medical or psychological documentation completed by a qualified professional. (See handbook for guidelines.)

Who is responsible for obtaining my documentation?

You are responsible for obtaining the required documentation and bringing it Student Services. You are also responsible for all costs related to obtaining the documentation.

When does your office need my documentation?

As soon as possible! In general, we recommend that you submit your documentation at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester if you are requesting accommodations that may take more time to arrange (e. g., communication facilitator, books on tape). If requested accommodations do not require the hiring of a service provider with the purchase of materials, then two weeks is usually sufficient notice.

Should I bring a parent with me when I register for services?

Students typically complete the registration process during individualized meetings with the Disability Services Coordinator. Federal law prohibits the sharing of a student’s information with any third party, including parents/guardians, without written consent. As a student support resource on campus, our goal is to empower students with the information and tools to advocate for their success as RPCC students. For more information, please refer to the section of the handbook that discusses confidentiality.

After I complete my registration appointment, is there anything else I need to do in order to start using my accommodations?

Yes, there are several additional steps that you must complete. While all of the steps will be thoroughly reviewed with you during your registration appointment, a brief description of the remaining steps are as follows:

  1. Complete Disability Support Services Application. This step must be completed prior to the start of each semester.
  2. In 3 to 5 business days after submitting application, your letter will be emailed to you.
  3. Deliver a letter to each instructor, obtain signature and return letter to Disability Services Coordinator.
  4. Schedule meeting with each instructor to discuss implementation of your accommodations in each of your courses.