REASONABLE SUBSTITUTIONS FOR ADMISSIONS
AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Procedures governing waivers and substitutions of graduation requirements are
set by Section 1007.264 of the Florida Statutes, Rule 6A-10.041.
Requests for substitutions and/or waivers are reviewed by a College-wide
committee appointed by the President and composed of faculty and staff
To maintain objectivity and equity, students do not appear in person before
the committee; rather, petitions are presented by the Coordinators of Disabled
Student Services. Each student petition is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students are generally brought to the committee when they have earned
between 20-30 credit hours and have a minimum GPA of 2.00.
Eligibility for reasonable substitutions by providing appropriate documentation
of the disability. Students who are hearing impaired, visually impaired, dyslexic
or who have another specific learning disability are eligible for reasonable
substitution for any requirement. These disabilities are defined as follows:
A. Hearing Impairment
Hearing impairment is a hearing loss of thirty (30) decibels or greater,
pure tone average of 500, 1000, 2000 Hz, ANSI, unaided, in the better ear.
Examples include, but are not limited to, conductive hearing impairment of
deafness, sensor neural hearing impairment or deafness, high or low tone
hearing loss or deafness, acoustic trauma hearing loss or deafness.
B. Visual Impairment
Disorders in the structure and function of the eye as manifested by at least
one of the following: visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after
the best possible correction, a peripheral field so constricted that it affects
one’s ability to function in an educational setting, or a progressive loss of
vision which may affect one’s ability to function in an educational setting.
Examples include, but are not limited to, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal
detachment, retinitis, and strabismus.
Dyslexia is a reading disability resulting from a defect in the ability to
process graphic symbols.
D. Other Specific Learning Disability
Other learning disability would include a disorder in one or more of the
basic psychological or neurological processes involved in understanding
or in using spoken or written language. Disorders may be manifested in