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Student Responsibilities:

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  • Students with disabilities must self-identify as being a person with a disability, to the Hāʻawi Kōkua Program Counselor.
  • Students must provide relatively current documentation of their disability, which included information of their limitations.
  • Students must request accommodations in a reasonable and timely manner.
  • Students must abide with all Hawaiʻi Community College policies and procedures and be otherwise qualified for their degree program.
  • Students are ensured that all disability-related information they have provided will be kept confidential.
  • Students have the responsibility to self-identify having a disability, provide documentation of their disability from an appropriate professional, and express their need for accommodations, in a timely manner.
  • Students have a responsibility to demonstrate or document how their disability affects a particular delivery system, instructional method, or evaluation criteria when requesting accommodation.
  • Students have a responsibility to actively obtain, arrange, and participate in the search for accommodations and auxiliary aids. This responsibility extends to working with the institution to seek financial assistance from government agencies and private sources.
  • Students have the same obligations as any other student, to meet and maintain the institutions academic and technical standards.
  • Students have a right to be evaluated based on their abilities, not their disability. If their disability affects the outcome of an evaluation method, they’re entitled to an evaluation by alternative means.
  • Students entitled to an equal opportunity to learn. If the location, delivery system, or instructional methodology limits their access, participation in, or ability to benefit, they have a right to reasonable alterations in those aspects of the source (or program) to accommodate their disability. Students have a right to appeal the institution’s decision concerning accommodations. First internally by filing a petition with the college, then by filing a complaint with the regional Office of Civil Rights or through the Civil Court System.

Rights and Responsibilities

  • The Rights and Responsibilities form [PDF] provides an overview of the students responsibilities while attending the college regarding self-identifying having a disability, managing accommodations, and the utilization of assistive technology and resources.

Additional Resources and Information

The institution’s principle degree programs are congruent with its mission, are based on recognized higher education field(s) of study, are of sufficient content and length, are conducted at levels of quality and rigor appropriate to the degree offered, and culminate in identified student’s outcomes. (Standard II.A.1 and II.A.6)

  • No accommodations are made to alter course curriculum, assignments, or the syllabus of the instructor.
  • College accommodations may not mirror accommodations made for students in their high school classes or mentioned in their IEP.
  • No 1 to 1 services will be provided (eg. Educational Assistant).
  • Students can utilize or bring their own resources to class as long as it’s approved by the instructor.


Listed below are links to some of the available student success workshops students available. If you would prefer, you may also meet with your peer mentor to review these and/or other workshops available. All identified students with the Ha’awi Kokua office are assigned a peer mentor. Your peer mentor is also available to provide supports through your academic journey. To schedule a meeting with your peer mentor/ or to find out who your peer mentor is, please contact:

Manono Campus
Bldg. 388, Room 104
(808) 934-2825
FAX (808) 934-2501

Pālamanui Campus
Office of Student Services - BLDG D
(808) 969-8816
FAX (808) 322-4839

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