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Modesto Junior College

New Student Orientation

DSPS "New Student Orientation" is an admission requirement for all new students formally admitted to the Disability Services Program. Starting fall 2009, after having received a letter of acceptance to the Disability Services Program, new students will be required to complete this activity.

Begin Disabilities Services' New Student Orientation now:

1. Getting Started

  • You have been admitted into the DSP&S program. What do you do next?
  • What is a counselor / specialist?
  • How do I obtain alternate media services?
  • Where do I take exams?
  • What do my accommodations mean?
  • What should I expect of DSP&S?

2. Where do I go First?

  • Your first stop along your path to achieve your educational dreams is the Student Services Building (corner of College and Coldwell), Room 112.
  • Here, you will turn in your DSPS application and schedule an appointment to see a Counselor or Specialist.

3. Counselor? Specialist?

  • What is the difference? A counselor will complete an SEC (Student Education Contract) with you, review your functional abilities / disability and assign accommodations specific to your individual needs. A specialist may be required to determine a learning disability or initiate specialized services, such as interpreting for the Deaf.

4. Student Education Contract

  • See DSPS office for a copy of the contract.

5. How Do I Obtain Alternate Media Services?

  • First, complete an SEC with your counselor or specialist and receive your purple alternate media services request form (if eligible).
  • It is the students’ responsibility to request alternative media formats in a timely manner (typical requests take one to two weeks to process).
  • Next, take the form and SEC to the Alternate Media Department – located on the East Campus, in the Student Services Building, Room 114.
  • Purchasing your course materials is required before materials in alternate format can be released to you.
  • A receipt is required as proof of purchase for materials.
  • Books can be rented from the Pirates Bookstore or checked out from the MJC Library and CalWORKs.

6. Responsibilities and Expectations

  • The Disability Services Center attempts to meet all reasonable requests for services. To ensure prompt, efficient, quality services, it is essential that you follow the procedures described in this orientation. Please refer to your copy and become familiar with your responsibilities in arranging services.
  • The policies in this orientation have been established so that you will know exactly how to request the services that you need.

7. Responsibilities and Expectations per Office of Civil Rights…

  • In providing an academic adjustment, your postsecondary school is not required to lower or effect substantial modifications to essential requirements. For example, although your school may be required to provide extended testing time, it is not required to change the substantive content of the test.
  • In addition, your postsecondary school does not have to make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program or activity that would result in undue financial or administrative burdens.
  • Finally, your postsecondary school does not have to provide personal attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature, such as tutoring and typing.

8. Responsibilities and Expectations - MJC Standards of Conduct

The following conduct shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not limited to, the removal, suspension, or expulsion of a student:

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person
  • Possession, sale or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object including, but not limited to any facsimile thereof
  • Unlawful possession, use, sale, offer to sell, or furnishing or being under the influence of any controlled substance
  • Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion
  • Causing or attempting to cause damage to district property or to private property on campus
  • Committing sexual harassment as defined by law or by district policies and procedures
  • Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability or sex (i.e. gender), sexual orientation or any other status protected by law
  • Please see Standards of Conduct page for more detailed list.

Misconduct Penalties:

  • Reprimand -Verbal or written notification that continued inappropriate conduct will result in formal disciplinary action.
  • Instructor Removal -Instructor may remove a student from his/her class for the day of the misconduct and the next class meeting.
  • Disciplinary Probation -Formal disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • a. Removal from any Associated Student’s organization office held
    • b. Revocation of the privilege of participating in College and/or student-sponsored activities.
  • * Disciplinary Suspension -Formal disciplinary action denying campus privileges for a specified period of time. A suspended student may not be on any portion of the campus. There shall be two classes of suspensions:
    • a. The first, “summary suspension,” serves as a penalty against the student as a result of the failure of his/her conduct to meet standards expected by the College.
    • b. The second, “disciplinary suspension,” serves as a penalty against the student as a result of the failure of his/her conduct to meet standards expected by the College.* Expulsion -Formal action taken by the Yosemite Community College District terminating a student’s privilege to attend the Colleges of the District, for disciplinary reasons.

9. Where Do I Take Exams?

  • Un-accommodated exams may be taken in the classroom. Accommodated exams must be taken in the DSP&S testing room – located on the East Campus in the Journalism Bldg, Room 155 or, located on the West Campus in Yosemite Hall, Room 145A. Note: The campus where your class is located determines where the test is taken.
  • Remember, to receive testing accommodations, the test must be taken at DSP&S!
  • Please note that a request for a test MUST be received by Carol or Maria (on the East Campus) or Kim (on the West Campus) at least four (4) business days before the test to ensure testing accommodations are provided!! Weekends do not count!!

10. Types of Accommodations You May Be Eligible for…

  • Distraction Reduced. Testing takes place in a quiet setting with minimal distraction. Noise reducing headphones are also available.
  • T ½ = Time and a half. IF the class receives 1 hour, you receive 1 ½ hours to take your exam.
  • DT = Double time. IF the class receives 1 hour, you receive two hours to take your exam.
  • Scribe / Note taker. A person is provided to write your responses.
  • NCR Paper –A student in class takes your notes for you.
  • Magnifying machine –used for low vision students to enlarge materials.
  • Word Processing –Assistance is provided to type course related papers.
  • Sign Language Interpreter -An interpreter is provided for students who use sign language.
  • Captionist -A captionist provides written transcription for students who are hearing impaired.
  • Reader –A reader reads course material for the student.
  • Note taker -Attends your non-lecture classes with you and provides note taking assistance.
  • Electronic Speller –a handheld, electronic dictionary to assist in finding the spelling/definition of words.
  • Math Aide –A math aide is either a multiplication table or a calculator which may be allowed by math instructors for exams at Math 90 and above.The decision to allow a math aide and type of calculator is up to the instructor, not the student. Note, the calculator may be restricted to non-programmable or non-graphing calculators.
  • Braille –Course materials are provided in Braille format.
  • E-Text –Course materials are provided in audio format (book on tape).
  • Enlarged print –Course materials are enlarged.
  • Priority Registration –Students in the DSP&S program are awarded the opportunity to enroll in classes before they are open to community enrollment. Note: You must have two DSP&S counselor or specialist contacts and two additional service contacts per year to maintain this privilege.

11. Some Adaptive Classes Available to You are:

{IIS classes are not available now but we hope to have them available again soon}

  • IIS 13 –Improving Learning Potential. This class is designed for students in the DSP&S program who wish to improve their learning and / or memory.
  • IIS 16 -Incorporates the use of technology based software and hardware to overcome learning disability, mobility impairment, or visual impairment.
  • IIS 20 –Math Strategies for Disabled Students. Specialized instruction will occur in formulating efficient personal, test-taking and study strategies specifically related to learning math.
  • Adaptive PE means that an instructor works closely with you to design a safe exercise program that recognizes your disability and specialized needs. Adaptive PE classes include:
    • PEA 104 –Adapted Strength Development
    • PEA 106 –Functional Water Exercise
    • PEA 116 –Adapted Run/Walk
    • PEA 119 –Adapted Sports
    • PEA 800 –Adaptive Exercise for Mature Adults

12. Resource Center
What is the purpose of the Resource Center? Who staffs it? Of what value is it to students? Is it always open or is it used for test center overflow?

  • The resource lab is valuable to you because it is designed to accommodate your specific needs.
  • It is usually open and staffed by DSPS personnel and student workers.
  • During heavy testing periods, such as mid-terms and finals, the resource lab is used for testing.

13. The locations and hours of the resource lab are as follows:

  • The East Campus Resource Lab is located in the Student Services Building, Room 113. It is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The West Campus Resource Lab is located in Yosemite Hall, Room 145A . It is open Monday/Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

14. Questions?
Answers provided by facilitator.

Disability Services & Programs for Students (DSPS)


(209) 575-6225
(209) 575-6852


East Campus
Student Services
Room 112

West Campus
Yosemite Hall
Room 115