Transitioning from High School to College​


It's a whole new world! Different laws apply.​

Students in colleges and universities are considered adults, with privacy and confidentiality protections. College staff cannot speak with parents and guardians about a student’s academic activities as was typical in grades K-12.
Eligibility for special education services in high schools is diagnosis driven. 
Eligibility for reasonable accommodations in post-secondary institutions (such as colleges/universities) is driven by severity of impact on a major life activity (i.e., “a mental or physical impairment that significantly limits a major life activity”).
College students must structure and plan their own study time; colleges do not arrange study periods or provide for time to do homework during classes.
Professors and classes may differ regarding attendance requirement, scheduling assignment due dates and exams. The student must study each professor’s syllabus for each class.

Post-Secondary students have a responsibility to:
  • Self identify or disclose their disability to the Disability Resource Center for disability services.
  • Provide verifying documentation to the DRC.
  • Take specific action to request desired accommodations for their disabilities. 
  • Obtain assessment and test results and provide them to the DRC.
  • Act as independent adults
  • Arrange their own weekly schedules
  • Contact their instructors to activate and adopt accommodations for each class.
  • Arrange for and obtain their own personal attendants, tutoring and individually fitted or designed assistive technologies.

Post-Secondary institutions (such as RCC) responsibilities include:
  • ​Informing students of the Disability Resource Center's location and procedures for requesting accommodations
  • Accepting and evaluating verification documentation. Sometimes colleges also provide assessment. 
  • Informing students of their rights and responsibilities
  • Protecting a student's right to privacy and confidentiality

Post-Secondary institutions (such as RCC) are not required to:

  • Reduce or waive any of the essential requirements of a course or program
  • Conduct testing and assessment of learning, psychological or medical disabilities
  • Provide personal attendants
  • Provide personal or private tutors (but tutoring services normally available to persons without disabilities must be accessible to persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for those services)
  • Prepare “Individual Education Plans” (IEPs)​


















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