Skip to main content
GBC logo against State of Nevada seal. Click to go to the home page graphic.


Arysta Sweat
Student Disability Services Coordinator
Phone: 775.327.2336

Question mark written on a wall.

Student Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the DRC's most commonly asked questions.


Accommodations are provided based on documentation-supported access needs. Accommodations offered at GBC include, but are not limited to:

  • Extended time on exams
  • Accessible text
  • Quiet Testing Room
  • Use of a Recording Device
  • Note-taker
  • American Sign Language Interpreter
  • Captioning
  • Speech to Text/Text to Speech

Maybe. Colleges are not under the same legal requirements as K-12 schools. K-12 disability services focus on meeting the individual education needs of the student, which may involve modifying course standards. College disability services center on removing barriers to equal opportunity. For more detailed information on differences in K-12 and college disability services, please visit the DRC Transitioning from High School section of the Accessibility web page.

Colleges are not required to pay for assessments or the costs of attaining documentation. Students are responsible for providing appropriate documentation at their own expense at GBC.

All students at GBC may receive tutoring through the GBC Academic Success Center, but specialized tutoring is not provided. However, the DRC is available to provide equal access supports specific to tutoring.

No. These are considered personal services not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, the DRC will provide lab assistants if needed.

The DRC will issue a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) to the student listing accommodations a student is eligible for at GBC. The student may present the letter to the instructor or request that the DRC send a copy to instructors. Students should be aware that the DRC will not send a copy to instructors unless requested by the student. Students should reach out to their instructors to discuss implementation of accommodations, as implementation may look different for different courses.

Students should use the following protocol to address concerns regarding accommodation denials or equal access related to a disability:

  1. To help ensure timely addressing of concerns and situations, students should notify Arysta Sweat, Student Disability Services Coordinator, at, of any concerns related to equal treatment or denial of accommodation requests no later than 30 days after the alleged infraction. This notification should include the student's concern or situation and include any relevant information that might assist the DRC in its investigation.
  2. The Student Disability Services Coordinator will investigate the concern or allegation to determine if equal access was denied within 30 days of receiving the complaint
  3. The Student Disability Services Coordinator will serve as the advocate to resolve the problem/situation.
  4. If resolution cannot be reached, the Student Disability Services Coordinator will file a report with the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). The VPSA will review the facts of the allegation and consult with the appropriate college departments, administration, and faculty. Recommendations will then be made with the goal of resolving the conflict.
  5. If the above steps do not bring about a satisfactory resolution, the individual may contact the Affirmative Action Officer of GBC (the contact information for the GBC Affirmative Action Officer can be found in the GBC General Catalog on the GBC webpage: and follow the established procedures of that office.
  6. For more information about the rights of individuals with disabilities, please see the U.S. Department of Education's "Disability Discrimination" page.

For More Information Contact

Arysta Sweat
Student Disability Services Coordinator
Phone: 775.327.2336

Return to top

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 4,000 students are enrolled annually online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada's largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

We Are GBC graphic.
Viewing PDF files require the Adobe Reader for your browser, available free fromĀ Adobe.