Disability Services

Ensuring Access to Educational Programming and Activities

Rainy River Community College provides services to people with disabilities, ensuring equal access to the College and our programs. We also assist faculty and staff in understanding and arranging for academic accommodations when needed.

The Disability Services Office is dedicated to providing access to our diverse student body. We recognize disability as a social identity that is a vital element of our campus community. Furthermore, we are committed to providing equal access and opportunity to all qualified students with disabilities.

The Disability Services Office supports students with documented disabilities by insuring that they:

  • Have equal access to educational programs and college courses
  • Can obtain materials and publications in alternate formats
  • Can utilize academic support and other services
  • Can fully participate in college sponsored events and activities

Arrangements for classroom accommodations are made with the Disabilities Services Coordinator each semester. To be successful in college and in life, you need to learn to discuss your disability needs and become your own best advocate.

Applying for Accommodations

Below are steps students must follow to apply for services:

1. Provide updated documentation of disability that has been completed by a medical professional (EX: medical doctor, licensed mental health counselor or licensed physiologist)

Documentation of Disability Guidelines. The following factors should be included in a student’s documentation of disability form:

    • The credentials of the evaluator
    • A diagnostic statement identifying the disability
    • A description of the current functional limitations
    • A description of the expected progression or stability of the disability
    • Suggestions for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services.
    • Be signed and dated by a medical professional

Important Note: Rainy River Community College does not accept a high school IEP or 504 Plan as appropriate documentation of disability, but will accept the Evaluation Summary Report that is associated with the IEP, as long as it meets the documentation of disability guidelines.

2. Schedule an appointment with Amy Amundsen, Disability Services Coordinator to discuss needs and develop a reasonable accommodation plan if qualifying for services.

Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are not a special privilege; they are a right under the law.

Since every student’s situation is unique, specific accommodations for their disability is discussed during a confidential intake meeting with the Disability Services Coordinator. We will obtain the student’s permission before entering into discussions with parents, advocates, transition coordinators, rehabilitation services counselors, or other professionals. Most accommodations can be coordinated and provided in a confidential manner.

Students often request these services:

    • Testing accommodations
    • Note-taking services / recording of a lecture
    • Materials in alternative formats
    • Assistive technology
    • Specific seating

Continuing to Receive Accommodations. Students who are already registered with the Disability Services Office must follow the following steps in order to continue to receive accommodations:

  • Check in with the Disability Services Office at the beginning of each semester to update their letter of accommodation.
  • Students are responsible for providing a copy of their letter of accommodation to their instructors, if they would like to utilize accommodations for that course.

Process for Transfer Students. If students are transferring from another college it is important to note that accommodations do not automatically transfer from school to school. In order to get set up with our Disability Services Office and accommodations as soon as possible, please follow the steps listed in Applying for Accommodations, above.

Rainy River Community College is a two-year community college with open access to enrollment. Offerings include occupational and general education areas of study that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Key instructional programs include the Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in the following areas:

  • Accounting | Bookkeeping
  • Coaching
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Health Science
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Nursing Assistant | Home Health Aide
  • Truck Driving - CDL

Rainy River Community College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. In addition, discrimination based on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law or familial status is prohibited.

Harassment of an individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission has no place in a learning or work environment and is prohibited. Sexual violence has no place in a learning or work environment. Further, Rainy River Community College shall work to eliminate violence in all its forms. Physical contact by designated system, college, and university staff members may be appropriate if necessary to avoid physical harm to persons or property.

Lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation. In order to eliminate barriers we take appropriate measures to assess each student's ability to participate and benefit through placement testing and counseling. Based on the assessment and counseling, students are then provided with campus services or a referral to community services to be better prepared for successful participation.


If you experience or witness harassment or discrimination, please report it to:

Complaints of acts of discrimination or harassment by employees:
Affirmative Action Officer
Carmen Bradach, Chief Human Resources Officer
C.Bradach@mesabirange.edu
218.749.7743

Complaints of acts of discrimination or harassment by students:
Scott Riley, Financial Aid and Facilities Director
scott.riley@rainyriver.edu
218.285.2205
Student Services, SS122
or
Tammy Wood, Executive Assistant
tammy.wood@rainyriver.edu
218.285.2204
Student Services, SS111

Mel Millerbernd, Title IX Coordinator
mel.millerbernd@rainyriver.edu
218.285.2240
Student Center, SC112

If you require an accommodation for a disability, please contact:
Amy Amundsen
amy.amundsen@rainyriver.edu
218.285.2226
Student Services, SS136

This information is available in an alternative format. Call 218.285.2226 or TTY/Minnesota Relay at 1.800.627.3529


Minnesota State Policy 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education

NHED Affirmative Action Plans and Complaint Form

NHED Inclusion and Equity Plan

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

"No otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall solely by reason of his/her 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."

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

In July of 1990, the United States Congress passes ADA (P.L. 101-136), which gives civil rights protections to people with disabilities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

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