Disability Services Policies

Georgia State University is open and accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students to accomplish their educational goals, as well as assuring equal opportunity to derive all of the benefits of campus life.

Georgia State University has devoted much energy to meeting the requirements of Section 504, Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendments, and to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Disability services (DS) serves as a full-time advocate for students with disabilities, as well as a resource for faculty, staff and administration.

ADA Grievance Procedure

Students who have a complaint about accommodations provided by Georgia State University must attempt to resolve conflicts by contacting the Coordinator of Disability Services on the Campus where they have applied for services.

If the results of this process are unsatisfactory to the student, he or she must contact the Associate Director of Disability Services located at Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia, 30021. Telephone: 678-891-3385. The Director will investigate the complaint and make reasonable efforts to resolve the matter. The investigation shall be informal but thorough, affording all persons an opportunity to submit evidence or other relevant information.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the Associate Director of Disability Services, he/she can contact the Director of Disability Services at Student Center East, Suite 205, 55 Gilmer Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, Telephone: 404-413-1560.

The Director shall provide a written or verbal final response to the student. 

Use of this grievance procedure does not limit a student’s pursuit of other remedies, including the right to pursue a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.

Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA)

All students attending colleges and universities are considered adults, with privacy and confidentiality protections. GPC staff cannot talk with parents and guardians about a student's academic activities as in the K-12 setting without explicit permission from the student. Georgia Perimeter College Disability Services must follow the  Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA (20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. For more detailed information go to: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Policy of Nondiscrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives individuals with disabilities civil rights protection that is similar to that provided to all individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion. The act guarantees equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

In addition, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation act states: "No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely on the basis of his/her handicap, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance".

DS Test Policies

The student is responsible for scheduling exams in which he/she wishes to use Disability Services (DS) office. A Test Accommodations Form is required. The following guidelines are a minimum standard to obtain services through Disability Services.

Procedures for Scheduling Tests

  • Faculty must have reasonable notice of at least five (5) business days to ensure testing space.
  • For day classes during regular office hours, the student needs to schedule the exam no later than five (5) business days before the exam to receive accommodations.
  • For evening classes (after office hours), exams will be proctored during office hours as arranged. If requesting Disability Services to proctor tests after office hours, requests must be no less than five (5) business days in advance.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to notify the DS office if tests are canceled, if dates change, or if the DS office is no longer needed for a particular test. If the student does not show up for the scheduled exam, he/she must make arrangements with the instructor for a make-up test before being allowed to reschedule the test with DS.


Testing Policies

  • Only materials indicated on the Test Accommodation Form will be allowed in the testing room. No electronic devices will be allowed in the testing room.
  • Before beginning the exam, advise the DS staff of any need for breaks. Prepare ahead for snacks or medications.
  • Students must remain in the designated testing room. In case of emergency, the incomplete exam must be returned to the DS staff. If a student leaves the room without informing the staff, the exam will be returned to the instructor.
  • Arriving late will not extend the scheduled ending time for the test.
  • Students arriving more than 30 minutes late for a scheduled exam will not be permitted to take the exam. The student will have to make arrangements with the instructor for taking the exam.
  • All students are held accountable under the Georgia State University Academic Honesty Policy. If a student is observed violating this policy, the test will be taken up, and the incident will be reported to the instructor.