Student Success Center

Disability Services

Riverland Community College provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations upon request for students who have a documented medical or psychological disability. Documentation by a physician or psychologist may be required.

Register with the Disability Service Office early - it could take two months to process your disability request.

  1. Complete the Initial Contact Request form and submit it to the Disability Service Office. A hard copy form is available at any Student Success Center.

  2. Submit documentation of your disability to:

Riverland Community College
Sharon Stiehm
Disability Service Office
1900 Eighth Avenue NW
Austin, MN  55912
Fax:  1-507-433-0524

(Click documentation guidelines for details)

  1. Take the Accuplacer assessment (Complete the ‘Request for Accuplacer Accommodations’ form if accommodations are needed for Accuplacer)

  2. Attend your "New Student Registration" session

  3. Allow the Disability Service Office two weeks to review your documentation

  4. Contact Sharon Stiehm at 507-433-0646 for an Intake Appointment

During the Intake, the student and Disability Coordinator will facilitate an individual plan for disability services.

We want you to be successful at Riverland Community College!  Contact the Disability Service Office if you have questions or need assistance completing this process.

Note:  Disability service accommodations are intended to provide individuals with disabilities access to the college programs and activities as well as to provide a means for demonstrating mastery of the course content.  Students with disabilities must meet the same academic and non-academic expectations as students without disabilities.

Returning Students

Returning students who have completed their Intake must submit a Semester Accommodation Request form each semester when accommodations are needed.  A hard copy form is available at any Student Success Center.

Physically Accessible Accommodations

Riverland Community College is committed to providing physical access to all programs and activities. Individuals needing physical access should contact the Disability Service Office at 507-433-0646.

Examples of disability service accommodations available to qualifying students:

  • Priority registration
  • Alternative texts
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Alternative assessment and test formats
  • Note taking services
  • Advocacy liaison services

Disability Service Links

Access E-Learning

Office of Civil Rights

US Dept. of Education



Sharon Stiehm

Albert Lea:

Erin McCormick-Lee


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