New StAR Student Checklist Fall 2014 (PDF)
Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR) is the office designated by the college to support students who have documented disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. StAR arranges accommodations for eligible students, and assists college administration, faculty, and staff to provide required accommodations. Please read the following section on eligibility and refer to the link on documentation policy found on this page. We encourage you to contact the StAR Department if you have any questions or if you feel that you have the necessary documentation in order to qualify for accommodations.
Students who wish to apply for accommodations through the StAR Department under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act must contact the StAR Department and request an intake appointment at which time they are prepared to provide the necessary documentation of their disability. IEPs are only one part of the documentation. Kindly see our documentation policy.
As it can take several weeks to get an intake appointment, it is highly recommended that you contact the office early in the process. (Please refer to the PDF called "New StAR Student Checklist" under Announcements or go to the link "Arranging for Services" to the upper left.
Eligibility for STAR Services
To be eligible for disability services through STAR, students must register with STAR and must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he or she has:
- A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; such as walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, sitting, breathing, reading, learning, thinking, performing manual tasks, taking care of oneself.
- Has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such impairment.
The paperwork you need to present to StAR to gain assistance can be found on the Documentation Policy page.
If you meet the requirements, you may start arranging for services today.
Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR) is committed to providing academic support to students with documented disabilities and students with limited English Proficiency. StAR is the office designated by Joliet Junior College to provide ADA/504 accommodations based on the students' educational needs as demonstrated by appropriate documentation. StAR encourages individuals to become self-advocates and independent learners by assisting students to understand their abilities, to utilize their strengths in order to maximize their learning, and to take responsibility for their learning.
Last updated on July 8, 2014.