Disabilities: Course Substitutions for Students with Disabilities Seeking a Terminal Degree at Lane

Center for Accessible Resources
(541) 463-3010
Primary Contact: 
Terrie Minner
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Responsible Executive Authority: 
Executive Dean, Student Affairs

This procedure describes the process for students with disabilities who are seeking a terminal degree to request a course substitution.


The following procedure has been developed by the Center for Accessible Resources (CAR) for Course Substitution requests from students with disabilities who are attempting to complete one of Lane's terminal degrees.

Please note:

  • This procedure applies to terminal degrees at Lane Community College.
  • Course Substitution is the most common way to implement the legal accommodation: program modification.
  • Only Course Substitutions, not course waivers, are considered in this process.

When a student seeking one of Lane's terminal degrees requests a Course Substitution, CAR will perform the following steps:


  • CAR will clarify whether the student has been working with the Instructional Division for this degree.  If not, CAR may choose to refer the student to the appropriate Division Dean.
  • CAR will analyze the student's disability documentation in terms of type, severity and relevance to the requested substitution.
  • CAR will review the student's transcript to determine:
    • whether the student has attempted and not passed the course/s in question, despite having used appropriate accommodations and other college resources.  (This is not a requirement for approving a program modification, but may be a factor.)
    • the student's academic performance history and any informal/formal transcript evaluation.
  • CAR will confirm that the student is "otherwise qualified" according to the ADA to participate in the degree program, as specified in the degree program requirements.


  • If pertinent, CAR will explore alternatives to a program substitution with the student (such as other degrees or other courses), without violating the student's right to obtain the preferred degree.
  • If needed, CAR will research perspectives of other institutions/colleagues, actions creating past precedence, case law, or regional/state/national investigative decisions related to the request.


  • CAR will consult with the Lead Faculty and Division Dean for the specific degree program in order to consider:
    • the essential elements of the degree being sought and the performance outcomes expected as a result of receiving that degree, in relation to the course in question (e.g., if the student is obtaining a nursing degree and is expected to compute medication dosages,  s/he must be able to demonstrate that competency through coursework/fieldwork).
    • the appropriateness of a course substitution.
  • If pertinent (e.g., there is conflicting information), CAR will consult with the appropriate division/department for clarification (through job market surveys, etc.) that the competencies for the course in question are necessary for the degree in relation to the job market.  In that case, Lane would be remiss in granting a degree without that course or a comparable competency requirement.


  • If a course substitution is a viable option, CAR will consult with appropriate personnel (e.g., the Math Division Dean, the program Division Dean, and the Lead Faculty).  This group will determine potential courses that could be approved as course substitutions, taking into consideration courses the student has already completed.  Someone from this group will consult or follow up with the student.


  • The CAR Associate Dean will send a memo to the Dean of Enrollment Management Systems that either:
    • offers general support and confirmation of the disability but no recommendation, or
    • provides a specific recommendation related to legal risks if the College chooses not to approve the request.
  • The memo will include the course substitution recommendations from STEP 4.
  • The memo will request confirmation that this request has been processed.

For questions about this process, contact Center for Accessible Resources (Voice: (541) 463-5150, TTY: 711, FAX: (541) 463-4739, or AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu)

Please see also Disabilities: Course Substitutions for Students with Disabilities Seeking an AAOT degree at Lane and  Course Substitution.

Date Adopted: 
Saturday, March 1, 2003
Date Last Reviewed: 
Monday, June 2, 2014