Accessing and Utilizing Disability Services

Students who have a disability and would like to request services and accommodations must register with Disability Services. They will be required to provide official documentation of their disability. Information provided by a student is voluntary and appropriate confidentiality is maintained. Students who have a documented disability (as protected by the Americans with Disability Act) or are pregnant or parenting (as protected under Title IX) and would like to discuss possible accommodations should contact the Disabilities Services Office. You may reach us by email at disabilityservices@forsythtech.edu or call Dr. Sarah Hawks at 336.734.7155, Erica McMahon at 336.734.7378, or Cherise Velez at 336.734.3867. Services are designed and developed on an individual-needs basis, and students may elect to use any or all of the services appropriate to their needs at no charge. We accept appointments Monday – Friday and walk ins on Tuesdays and Thursday while the college is open. Also, the college has a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD/TTY). The number is 336.723.3411.

Student Rights

  • Right to Confidentiality
  • Right to reasonable accommodations to ensure access to courses, programs, services, jobs, and activities offered by the college

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet the College’s qualifications and maintain essential instructional standards for programs, courses, services, and activities;
  • Self-identify disability status in a reasonable and timely manner
  • Register with Disability Services Office
  • Provide Documentation of your disability
  • Discuss implantation of accommodations with your instructors
  • Notify Disability Services Office of any changes/additions to your accommodations
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct
  • Direct any questions regarding the course material, syllabus, and classroom policies to your instructor
  • Direct any questions disability-related questions to Disabilities Services Office

Student Resources

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with Disability Services to provide approved accommodations, in a fair and timely manner, to students with disabilities
  • Do not provide accommodations without communication from Disability Services Office
  • While it is the primary responsibility of the student to initiate the discussion of the in-class accommodations needed; the outcome depends on the receptivity, flexibility, and understanding of the instructor
  • Place the Syllabus Statement, as listed below, on all course syllabi
  • Provide captioning for all videos
  • Ensure that course materials are accessible for all students
  • Instructors are offered the opportunity to use the Academic Testing Center to ensure that appropriate academic standards are maintained and not compromised for students who require special test administration. Instructors are not required to use the Academic Testing Center.

Faculty Resources

  • Syllabus Statement
    Requesting Accommodations for Disabilities

    • Forsyth Tech is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. In order to receive accommodations, you must register with the Disabilities Services Office (DSO) located in the Oak Grove Center Suite 2414. You can make an appointment by e-mailing us at Disability Services Email (opens in new window) disabilityservices@forsythtech.edu or by calling us at 336.34.7155 or 336.734.7378.
    • An interactive meeting should occur discussing accommodations needed to access the curriculum. You should register early to ensure your accommodations are in place the first day of classes.
    • Students who did not receive accommodations last semester their deadline to self-disclose and request accommodations is at the 60% point of the semester.
    • Any further request for accommodations will only occur only in special circumstances.
  • Captioned videos
    • All multimedia content including online video clips, narrated presentations, and DVDs used in class must be captioned or subtitled in advance of the class session in which they are used. Please contact Helen Dollyhite at hdollyhite@forsythtech.edu or 336.734.7058 for assistance with this.
  • Class materials in an accessible format.
    • Any information presented to the class, including the course syllabus, Power Point Presentations, and any handouts that are distributed (either in hardcopy or digitally) must be available in an accessible format.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do accommodations give students an unfair advantage?
No.  Reasonable accommodations are legally mandated and are intended to provide students with documented disabilities an opportunity to be evaluated based on ability, not disability.

Am I required to lower the standards of a required assignment because the student has a disability?
No. Standards should be the same for all students. Accommodations provide equal access to the educational process, not guaranteed success.

​I suspect a student has a disability. How can I suggest the student talk to DS?
Tell the student you have noticed they are struggling; then provide information about campus resources, listing Disability Services as one of several resources.

Can I ask students about their disabilities?
You can ask students about their needs related to learning and fulfilling the requirements of your course, but you should avoid asking specific questions about their disability. Please respect student privacy and do not share information about accommodations or a student’s disability without permission.

What if a student claims to have a physical or mental disability and request classroom and testing accommodations, but does not have an accommodations letter from the Office of Disability Services?
Refer the student to the Disabilities Services Office (DSO) located in the Oak Grove Center Suite 2414 where the individual will complete a request for accommodations, present documentation indicating the type of disability, severity, limitations, medications, and discuss possible accommodation needs.

What if a student is receiving accommodations and is not doing well in class?
Treat the student as you would any other student. Enter into interactive processes with the student to try to identify the problem and appropriate alternative format, support service and/or referral.

Can a student receive a failing grade in a college class in which they are receiving accommodations?
Yes.  Accommodations ensure “access” not “success”.

What if a student feels he or she has been discriminated against because of their disability?
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Try to resolve the complaint at the lowest level by meeting with the key people involved. You may contact the Director of Student Success Center for if further assistance is warranted.

What if a student with a disability is disruptive in class?
A student with a disability who is disruptive in class should be treated as an instructor would treat any student who is disruptive in class.  If an instructor feels that there is a disability-related reason for the student’s behavior, the instructor can discuss this with the student’s Disability Services Counselor to determine if there is a solution to the problem or strategies for addressing the behavior.

Can I provide accommodations for a student without utilizing the Office for Disability Services?
In order to ensure that accommodations are appropriately and effectively administered to students with disabilities, instructors are strongly discouraged from providing accommodations outside of the procedures outlined by Disability Services. By using the Disability Services Office, the instructor can be confident that the student qualifies for appropriate accommodations.

Disability Services Hours

Monday – Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Friday 8 am – 3 pm
Phone: 336.734.7155

Disability Services Office Guides