Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)
The Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) is the office designated to work with students with disabilities to determine and facilitate reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The first step is for you to identify to our office as a person with a disability.
The second step is engaging with us in an interactive process to determine reasonable academic accommodations that facilitate access to classes, programs and other activities as well as referrals to other campus resources that will support your overall experience.
The ARC Testing Suite is available to proctor make up exams and accommodated exams by appointment only for Minneapolis College students.
Fall 2023 Hours of Operation (effective August 1, 2023)
- Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please note that some Monday mornings are set aside for proctoring exams from a specific department.
- Location: Advising and Access Center - 2500 Technical Building (T)
- Email: email@example.com
For accommodated and makeup exams
Scheduling accommodated and makeup exams requires collaboration between the ARC, faculty, and students. Faculty and students should communicate as soon as possible to begin the scheduling process.
- IMPORTANT: To complete the following forms, sign in with your Microsoft Account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Complete the Appointment Request Form to schedule each exam or quiz at least three days in advance.
- Complete the Policy & Guidelines Student Agreement Form. In order to provide a fair and consistent testing environment, all students testing in the ARC must review and agree to these guidelines once each semester.
For Faculty and Staff
- Complete proctoring request form at least three days prior to the quizzes or exam deadline.
- Inform students that make up exams and accommodated exams are by appointment only.
The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) is in the Advising & Access Center Suite T.2500, 2nd floor of the Technical Building.
Student appointments can be held virtually and in-person. Scheduling can take place on the Navigate Platform.
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: 612-659-6732
- Phone: 612-659-6730
When you leave a message please include:
- Your full name
- StarID or College ID
- A phone number where you can be reached
- A brief description of your question
ASL interpreting services are available at Minneapolis College for all current, prospective, and visiting students and community members. ASL can be requested for all college activities, including classes, events, student clubs, meetings, open houses, and more.
Minneapolis College contracts with only certified and credentialed ASL interpreters.
Requesting ASL Services
Provide at least three weeks’ notice for classes. Provide at least seven business days’ notice for other requests.
Minneapolis College will make every effort to accommodate late requests, but we may be unable to fulfill requests submitted without sufficient notice.
Request an interpreter by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include the following information:
- Start and end time
- Location including room number, or virtual meeting link
- Names of attendees
- Notify the ARC if additional Deaf individuals will be attending, as we may need to request an additional interpreter
- Other important information or special requirements
- For classes, include the course number, section, and name
- If applicable, provide advance preparation materials, such as flyers, handouts, event websites, list of terms or names, syllabus, etc.
Video remote interpreting (VRI) is also available. Contact the ARC to discuss VRI.
Canceling ASL Requests
The ARC must be notified in a timely manner of any changes made to interpreting requests. Email email@example.com to report:
- Planned absences
- Emergency absences
- Interpreters will wait 20 minutes before leaving, and there are no backups
- Changes in meeting duration or location
- Cancellations for any reason.
The ARC recognizes that advance notice cannot be given in cases of emergency, but please email us as soon as possible so that we can inform the interpreters.
ASL interpreters may cancel due to illness, emergency, or inclement weather. The ARC will email you as soon as possible and work with you to reschedule an interpreter for another time.
Interpreters for Classes
To set up ASL interpreting for classes, register with the ARC. As part of the registration process, you will meet with an Accessibility Specialist, either virtually or in-person. An ASL interpreter can be provided for this meeting. Please notify the ARC that you need an interpreter following the instructions above.
The Accessibility Resource Center is on a journey of discovery as we explore the topic of disability justice at Minneapolis College. We invite you to journey with us. We invite you to join us to build a campus environment that is accessible, equitable, and inclusive. Those who have journeyed ahead of us, have provided us resources to guide, to discuss, to learn about what is disability justice and why it matters.
“All bodies are equal and essential. All bodies are whole. All bodies have strengths and needs that must be met. We are all powerful, not despite the complexities of our bodies, but because of them. We move together, with no body left behind. This is disability justice.”
National Center for College Students with Disabilities
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Invisible Disability Project
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Disability Visibility Project
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Disability Visibility Podcast Guide
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Disability in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Description: As we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the ADA, we need to work together to continue to put a spotlight on disability as a piece of DE&I that cannot be left behind.
Minnesota State Training and Professional Development: Disability Justice Workshop Series
Description: Under the Disability Justice Workshop Series tab, access recordings of a 5-part series on topics related to disability rights and justice. This series was developed through a partnership between Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration.
Rocky Mountain ADA Center Trainings
Description: Free online trainings to explore specific areas of the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability justice, culture, and history.
The fundamental purpose of disability law regulations is to protect qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The purpose of the Accessibility Resource Center is to eliminate barriers and approve reasonable accommodations in order to level the playing field for such persons.
Government Disability Law and Guidance Acts and Policies
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Minnesota Human Rights Act (Minn. Stat. 363A.13)
- Minnesota State Policy 1B.4 Access and Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities
Minneapolis College Policies
- 2.05 Individuals with Disabilities
- 2.06 Student Accommodation Policy
- 2.06.01 Student Accommodation Procedure
- 2.09 College-Wide Accessibility Policy
Concerns, Complaints and Grievances
For information regarding the concern, complaint, or grievance processes, please refer to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.
The following definitions apply in regard to disability law.
Is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; a record or documentation of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Must be current and must be from an appropriate professional, such as a medical doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, and must include:
- Diagnosis of disability
- Functional limitations on major life activities
- Recommendations for reasonable modifications
Major Life Activities
Major life activities are defined as follows:
- Caring for one-self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, sleeping
- Mental and emotional processes such as thinking, concentrating, and interacting with others.
Exclusions to Major Life Activities
The following activities are excluded from the disability definition of major life activities:
- The EEOC excludes compulsive gambling, kleptomania, pyromania, and psychoactive disorders that are a result of current use of illegal drugs.
- Traits and behaviors of stress, irritability, chronic lateness, and poor judgment, in and of themselves are not included in the definition of disability.
- A qualified person with a disability may not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of themselves or others.
A “Qualified Individual” is defined as a person with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation for a Minneapolis Community and Technical College program or activity, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the program or activity
Reasonable accommodations are defined as follows:
- Reasonable modifications to ensure equal access
- Removal of architectural barriers
- Provision of auxiliary aids and/or services
Exception to Reasonable Accommodations
The following are exceptions to reasonable accommodations:
- An accommodation is not reasonable if it results in undue burden or hardship for Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
- An accommodation is not reasonable if it results in a fundamental alteration or compromises the essential elements of an academic standard. Students with disabilities must meet the same academic requirements as other Minneapolis Community and Technical College students.
“Retroactive” is defined as: Going into operation or effect as of a previous date, or in respect to past events or circumstances.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College holds equity and inclusion in high regard. We value diverse perspectives and experiences and work to foster an appreciation and respect to ensure all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome.
The Accessibility Resource Center is charged with the mission of ensuring all programs, services, and activities at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are accessible. We do this important work by:
- Recognizing that disabilities are socially and culturally constructed and that individuals with disabilities are a vital element to our diverse campus community.
- Striving to empower students to be as independent as possible by facilitating an interactive process of creating a universally accessible campus.
- Believing equal access is the shared responsibility of everyone: faculty, staff, and students alike.