Student Accommodations

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HUB Office 811
Phone: 906.217.4017
Fax: 906.217.1611


Differences Between High School & College

Just because you have a specific disability does not automatically make you eligible for a specific accommodation. Also, there are differences between secondary (high school) and post secondary (college) disability services.

High School


IDEA provides opportunities to succeed in school. ADA and Sections 504 & 508 provide access to school.
Education is a Right and must be accessible to you. Education is not a Right. College is voluntary and has costs.
Core modifications of classes required.  Modifications cannot fundamentally alter the nature of a program.
School must identify disability. Student must self-identify to Office of Accessibility (OOA).
Documentation is I.E.P. school provides evaluation at no cost to student. Student provides documentation that meets school's standards. If evaluation is necessary, it's at the student's expense.
School develops I.E.P. Student identifies needs and requests accommodations. No I.E.P.'s or 504 Plan exist at the college level.
Student is assisted by parents and teachers. Student must seek assistance from OOA
School arranges accommodations. Student self-advocates and must arrange for accommodations.
Parent has access to student records. Parent has no access to student records or information without student's written consent.
Parent advocates for student. Student must self-advocate.
Grades may reflect effort, attendance or modified curriculum. There is no "A for effort."
Teachers remind students of assignments and due dates. Professors expect students to read the course syllabus. They may not remind students of upcoming events.

Necessary Documentation Information

At the college level it is each student’s responsibility to self-identify their need for their particular accommodation. This is done by first completing the required online form (myBay), and after that a discussion takes place with the Director. The process is addressed on an individual, case-by-case basis, according to a student’s specific recommended accommodations. Requests should be followed up by valid, reasonable documentation to activate this no cost service. Documentation can be from MI Rehab Services, Vet Voc Rehab, MI Commission for the Blind, Psychological Evaluation, a student’s history, or a letter from a medical doctor.
The College will give primary consideration to the accommodation requested by the student with a disability. The determination of whether a modification will fundamentally alter an academic requirement will be made in accordance with the process outlined in Bay College Board Policy 1061.2 (Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation). Also, in the event a proposed modification is determined to fundamentally alter an academic requirement, the College will consider alternative modifications in accordance with Bay College Board Policy 1061.2 (Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation).

Typical Services Offered

  • Extended time for tests and quizzes
  • Access to distraction reduced environment
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Reading Assistant software
  • The use of a digital audio recorder for academic needs
‚ÄčThe above list contains examples of possible academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services, and is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services will be based upon on a student's individual needs.
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