Accommodation Services

Accommodation Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the Accommodations Office is to ensure that GCCC is an accessible and inclusive environment that not only encompasses academic success in students with various types of documented disabilities, but also personal empowerment.

Legal Guidelines

The Accommodations Office operates under the following regulations:

No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, 1973

No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity.

Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990

The Accommodations Coordinator is responsible for coordinating services for GCCC students who have a documented disability. Services are provided to enrolled students on an individual basis and with respect to confidentiality. The Accommodations Office encourages independence and self-advocacy among the students this program assists.

Accommodations Handbook

Eligibility Requirements

Disabilities qualifying for services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical Disability
  • Health or Medical Disability
  • Hearing Disability
  • Visual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Mental/Emotional Disability
  • Speech Disability

The Accommodations Office is part of the Counseling and Advising Center located in the Student and Community Service Center (SCSC). The Coordinator's phone number is 620-276-9638. For TDD communications, individuals should use the Kansas Relay Service at 1-800-766-3777. E-mail address:

How to Access Accommodations

  1. Students with disabilities should contact the Accommodations Coordinator to schedule an intake interview. During this meeting, discussion will focus on how the disability affects the student and what accommodations will be needed. Early contact is encouraged as it can take weeks (or months in the case of recorded textbooks and Assistive Technology) for accommodations to be arranged.

  2. Students will be required to furnish appropriate documentation of their disability. The documentation must follow the guidelines as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Handbook, available from the Coordinator of Disability Services. Documentation must state current        functioning and include justification for the requested academic accommodation. The documentation needs to be sent directly to the Accommodations Coordinator, GCCC, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, Kansas 67846.

  3. The Accommodations Coordinator will determine if the documentation is adequate to both establish the existence of a qualifying disability and to support the requested accommodations.

  4. Students must request accommodations each semester and requests should be made as far in advance as possible. Students should make the request prior to the start date of the scheduled class for each semester.

  5. Students must notify the Accommodations Coordinator of any schedule changes.
Student Intake Form
Confidentiality Agreement
Informed Consent
Rights and Responsibilities
Accommodation Testing Form
HS to College Handout
Explanation of Documentation Needed

Student Code Of Conduct

All GCCC students must adhere to the "Standards of Conduct for Students" as published in the GCCC Catalog and/or Student Handbook.


Tutoring is not a required accommodation under either the ADA or section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. GCCC, however, offers many tutoring programs to its students. Students with disabilities are guaranteed equal access to all GCCC tutoring programs for which they are eligible.

Services Provided

Types of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing Accommodations

     Flexibility in class attendance

     Flexibility in assignment due date

     Sign language interpreting and captioning services

     Note taking

    Other accommodations are available on individual needs and a case-by-case basis

Other Accommodations

Students requesting additional services should contact the Accommodations Coordinator for Garden City Community College. Additional services will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Factors affecting the additional services will be dependent upon disability, documented need, and the compliance requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.

Equal Opportunity

Garden City Community College does not discriminate against applicants, employees or students on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit reasons, or handicap, nor will sexual harassment be tolerated in its employment practices and/or educational programs or activities. Those concerned about the above should contact the Director of Human Resources at Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9638.

ADA/Equal Access

Garden City Community College is complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is committed to equal and reasonable access to facilities and programs for all employees, students and visitors. Those with ADA concerns, or who need special accommodations, should contact Kari Adams, Accommodations Coordinator, Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9638.


Accommodation's Contacts

Accommodations Coordinator
Kari Adams
Vice President for Student Services
Colin Lamb
Executive Director of Student Services
Tammy Tabor