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Disability Resource Center

Counseling Services Division

What Students Need to Know Regarding COVID-19 and Accessibility, Accommodation, and the DRC

We at the Disability Resource Center (DRC) want to assure you that we are here for you and will be here, via phone and Zoom video conferencing, to offer you our services, counseling, and access barrier removal during this time.

We also wanted to give you an update regarding the College’s ongoing efforts to address the significant challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to the DRC. The College continues to monitor the challenges presented by COVID-19, and we will provide additional communications as changes occur. The College has suspended in-person instruction and has moved to alternative instruction for the remainder of the semester and until further notice.

The following provides information about DRC operations, services, and accommodations.

***If any questions that are not addressed after reading the information below please fill out the DRC’s Contact Form. Once the form is submitted you will receive a timely response from the DRC.***

Exams With Accommodations

Due to state and College guidance related to COVID-19, the DRC will no longer be administering onsite exams in the DRC until further notice.

Exams will need to be provided in the alternative instruction environment of each course. As instructors adjust the course content to online and alternative learning formats, we expect that you will receive more information about potential changes to exam administration.

If you have questions about exam administration, please do the following:

  1. First, ask your instructors for clarification and expectations.  Remind them that you are a registered student with the DRC and that you have been approved for accommodations.
    1. Direct them to MyDRC to allow them to see a copy of your Accommodation Letter that outlines your approved accommodations.
  2. After talking to your instructor, reach out to DRC’s Testing Coordinator at drcproctor@palomar.edu or schedule a meeting with a DRC Counselor by contacting drc@palomar.edu or 760-744-1150, ext. 2375.

Below are steps students and instructors should take to ensure that you have your approved accommodations for your exams:

  • Student talks to their instructor and uses resources/technology available in their course.
  • If access is not possible using existing course resources/technology in the alternative instruction environment, the student contacts drcproctor@palomar.edu or a DRC counselor to explore remote accommodation possibilities.
  • If no remote accommodation possibilities exist, then the DRC Counselor works with the instructor regarding alternative assessment possibilities.

Will exams be administered in person by the Disability Resource Center?

No. For the foreseeable future, the DRC Testing Center is not scheduling exams to be administered in the DRC. Exams will need to be provided in the alternative instruction environment of your course. As instructors adjust the course content to online and alternative learning formats, you may need additional information about potential changes to exam administration. If you require complex exam accommodations, reach out to a DRC Counselor to discuss your specific needs as soon as they are known. The DRC Counselor will reach out to your instructors to explore what is possible. Please be patient throughout this process.

How does my professor extend time on a Canvas quiz for me as I have been approved for extended time accommodations?

The DRC has provided directions for professors to allow them to apply your extended time to online exams administered in CANVAS. Instructors can also contact the ATRC for more assistance.

How to Get Help from the DRC?

We are here to support you!  Contact us in the following ways:

  • For questions about interpreting and captioning accommodations contact interpretercoord@palomar.edu
  • For questions about your accommodations, contact the DRC Counselor listed on your accommodation letter.
  • For general questions or to schedule a DRC counseling appointment, contact drc@palomar.edu or 760-744-1150, ext. 2375 and leave a message.
  • To reach the DRC Director, Dr. Shauna Moriarty, contact smoriarty@palomar.edu

DRC Appointments and Operations

Until further notice, the DRC will operate as follows:

DRC Counselors are available for remote appointments from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, M-TH, and 8-2 pm on Fridays, with evening appointments in April and May.  All student appointments and instructor consultations will be done via phone or video conference using Zoom. Please leave a message at either drc@palomar.edu or 760-744-1150, ext. 2375 to schedule an appointment.

If you require exam accommodations beyond extended time, reach out to your DRC Counselor to discuss your specific needs as soon as possible.  The DRC Counselor will then reach out to your instructor to explore what is possible. Please be patient throughout this process.

Have other questions or need additional support? Complete this quick online form to allow us to connect with you the correct DRC professional.

Social Connections!

This is a challenging time and we at the DRC would love to gather, share and be there for one another.   We will be bringing our Social Connections Group online via Zoom. Social Connections will be gathering by Zoom on the following Wednesdays:

  • April 15th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • April 29th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • May 13th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

If interested in connecting, please email lmeyers@palomar.edu or ewilke@palomar.edu and we will send you the link to our Social Connections Gathering via Zoom!

Assistance and Resources

  • Tools to help you succeed in an online environment: https://cvc.edu/keeplearning/
  • Emergency Grant Application: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/foundation/foundation-forms-7/
  • Behavioral Health Counseling: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/bhcs/
  • Student FAQs:  https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/sse/covid-19-student-faqs/
  • Follow Palomar College on Instagram and Facebook for great resources and information: https://www.instagram.com/palomarcollege/ and https://www.facebook.com/palomarcollege/
  • Online Tutoring is Now Available: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/tutoring/
  • The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students.
      • Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.
      • Am I Eligible? To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:
        • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus
        • Have earned at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units (i.e., one academic year of coursework)
        • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver)
        • After approval, students can expect to receive the money via electronic transfer within 72 hours.
      • How Can I Apply?
        • Students can apply for a grant online at bit.ly/covid-student-grant. Applications and grant payments to students will be processed by MAF. MAF is a well-established non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees. Apply as quickly as possible as these funds will go fast.  It will help to have the following items at the ready: your transcript, financial aid eligibility (any financial aid statement or award letter that shows EFC or California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver), and electronic banking login information (not required).
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