Welcome Student Veterans!

We are honored to have you on campus and look forward to your continued success here.  For some returning veterans, going back to school can present unique challenges.  If that is true for you, remember that you do not have to face these challenges on your own. We are here to strategize with you. Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your classes, assignments, or your college experience with us. Thank you for your service.

 

FAQ’s FROM OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE VETERANS:


Do I have to register with DRD to get academic supports and accommodations at SRJC?

No. While most students choose to utilize the services of the Disability Resources Department, students have the option of requesting their supports through the District 504 Coordinator (Vice President of Human Resources).


Can I request supports/services via email or online?

Yes. There are a variety of reasons that requesting services via e-mail or online makes sense, and DRD offers these options to accommodate students’ various needs. In addition, once connected to a DRD Specialist, students can interact with their Specialist through e-mail, Skype and/or phone. In person appointments are also available.


Can I continue to get counseling through the SRJC Office of Veteran Affairs?

Yes. Student-veterans are encouraged to get their educational plans and academic counseling through the SRJC Office of Veteran Affairs to ensure their specialized needs are met. DRD does have academic counselors available by appointment at the Veteran’s Office.


Will the supports and services I use be notated on my transcripts or anywhere?

No. Use of DRD services and academic accommodations are not reflected on the student’s transcript.


How confidential is the information I share about my service-related disability?

The Disability Resources Department adheres to FERPA guidelines. The process related to requesting and receiving services remains confidential. Authorized accommodation for courses do not include the nature of the service-related disability.


I have a service animal. What do I need to do in order to bring the animal to campus?

Students wishing to be accompanied to class by a service animal on a regular basis as an accommodation are requested to meet with a Disability Resources Department staff member. Students will be provided with information regarding the use of a service animal in class and may share this with their instructors.


The following are examples of common challenges faced by returning veterans, some academic accommodations that may be provided, and additional resources available.

 

                       Challenges

Academic Accommodations & Resources

 

I have trouble with attention/focus in class.

 

I miss content when taking notes in class.

 

I occasionally need to step away from class.

 

 

 

  • Use of a recorder in class
  • Volunteer note taker
  • Instructor provided content

 

  • Use of Sonocent or other apps

 

  • Instruction in use of technology

 

  • Equipment loans

 

I prefer to sit near the door or at the back of class

 

  • Authorization of preferred seating in the classroom

Sometimes I am sensitive to topics, sounds, etc. that occur in class.

 

 

  • Ability to leave class to manage symptoms
  • Use of hat/visor/sunglasses
  • Use of headphones or earbuds
  • Taking exams in a reduced distraction environment

 

Classroom furniture may not always work best for my needs.

 

  • Use of accessible equipment in class

I have trouble hearing the content in class.

 

 

  • Authorization of preferred seating in the classroom
  • Use of an Assistive Listening Device
  • Use of recorder, note-taker, or notetaking software
  • Instruction in use of technology

 

I sometimes have difficulty working in groups or on group projects

 

 

  • Ability to work with instructor to facilitate group interaction
  • Ability to request alternate assignments

I have difficulty recalling content in a testing setting.

 

I often run out of time during tests.

 

  • Extended testing time
  • Distraction-reduced environment for testing
  • Use of instructor-approved prompt sheets

 

 

I have a difficult time remembering what I read.

 

  • Use of alternate media
  • Use of access technology
  • Training in use of technology

 

I get overwhelmed by all the choices and decisions at college.

  • 1:1 academic advising in a confidential setting
  • Electronic access to my education plan and next steps.