|Students who are not yet admitted, still in high school, or have questions before
formally connecting with our office can schedule an appointment at which they can
learn more about ACCESS’ process, explore accommodations in higher education, and
Disability-related documentation needs.
|Students with temporary injuries (such as a broken limb, concussion, or surgery recovery)
can receive services through ACCESS on a temporary basis. Coordinators will discuss
any documentation needs. In some situations, provisional accommodations may be appropriate
and are typically approved for 1 semester, and may later be approved on a permanent
basis as necessary.
Online Reading Resources
|Students interested in exploring text-to-speech for online class materials may want
to try Natural Reader and those who are blind or low-vision interested in exploring
screen-reading software may want to try NVDA.
|For the hearing impaired, use Michigan Relay at 800.649.3777
|Students enrolled in online courses who are unable to come to campus may confidentially
exchange information with the ACCESS Office through an OCC email account or by phone.
Students who enroll in online courses are responsible for obtaining technology that will allow them to access the online learning management system and resources.
D2L, the online learning management system used by OCC, has a number of built-in accommodations
for timed tests, assignments, and online forums.
Contact the ACCESS office for information about electronic and audio versions of textbooks
and supplementary materials.
Students with disabilities enrolled in online courses interested in online ACCESS
tutoring should contact the ACCESS Office.
Student Rights & Responsibilities - Classroom Accommodations
The College provides reasonable academic accommodations for students who have followed
the procedure for disclosing and appropriately documenting their disability, in compliance
with State and Federal regulations.
In order to receive classroom accommodations at Oakland Community College, students
- Provide current documentation that cites an active diagnosis and functional limitations
for classroom and academic work.
- Request accommodations through ACCESS each semester after registering for classes.
Disability accommodations are not retroactive. They are provided from the date they
are approved and communicated by ACCESS to faculty through the Notification of Accommodations
- Alert the ACCESS Office if a schedule change occurs after enacting that semester’s
- Fulfill the objectives and requirements for each class, including attendance, notetaking
(if possible), abiding by due dates and adhering to the OCC Student Code of Conduct.
- Discuss approved accommodation arrangements with instructors. Schedule testing accommodation
appointments with ACCESS at least two (2) business days in advance of each exam. If
using a reader or scribe, schedule testing appointments at least one (1) week before
- Inform the ACCESS Office if approved accommodations are not being met in the classroom.
While we can strategize with all potentially-eligible students for academic success
and provide internal and external referrals as appropriate, Limited English Proficiency
does not constitute a disability.
OCC does not provide personal assistants.
The Americans with Disabilities Act supports that all students meet the technical
standards, or functional requirements, of their academic program. Therefore, lab
parameters that constitute essential components of the program of study, and lab parameters
concerning safety, will be upheld.
How to Select an OCC ACCESS Office
|Oakland Community College has an ACCESS office on each of our five campuses. Your
accommodations account will be based at just one of the campuses in order to provide
continuity of care and additional security of your disability services files. You
can take classes at any of the campuses, and your chosen ACCESS office will manage
your accommodations for classes throughout the college.
Some students base their choice on the location of the campus and will choose the
ACCESS office closest to where they live or work. Others might base it at where they
expect to take the majority of their classes.
Some of OCC’s academic programs, upon officially entering the program, will require
that you base your account at a particular campus; for example, students who are admitted
to the Nursing program will have their file administered at the Highland Lakes ACCESS
office. You can start your ACCESS file at any campus you choose, and later, when
you officially enter a program, your account can be transferred.
If you are already working with an ACCESS office, continue to work with that office.
Accessibility Related Policies