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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is my information confidential?

    Yes, your information is confidential and cannot be released to anyone without your permission. Please refer to the Student Handbook for further information.

  • When should I schedule an appointment to register for SAR services?

    After you apply to the college, please fill out at SAR APPLICATION.

    Once completed, please call to schedule an appointment (850) 747.3243.

    Calling ahead will guarantee that you will meet a SAR staff member. All staff members may be busy and not available otherwise.

  • As a new student, when is the best time to register for accommodations?
    The first few weeks of classes are always a hectic time around Student Accessibility Resources. If possible, it is best to meet with a representative of SAR during the weeks before classes.
  • Should I tell about my disability on my college application?
    You are not required to disclose your disability at any time and the college is prohibited by Federal law from asking you about a disability on the application form. If you believe your disability has had a negative impact on your grades and test scores and, as a result, those scores do not truly reflect your ability to do college level work, it might benefit you to explain that to the admission officer or committee. However, this is a personal decision that you should also discuss with knowledgeable advisors such as your parents, school counselor, vocational rehabilitation counselor or someone at the college. Often, once a student has been accepted, the College will give incoming students information regarding the office or offices that provide services for students with disabilities as well as time frames for requesting accommodations. It is, then, up to you to contact the appropriate officials if you feel you will need services.
  • What health professionals does SAR accept documentation from?
    Student Accessibility Resources accepts documentation from licensed physicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists based on disability.
  • Are there any scholarships for students with disabilities?
    Generally, no, there are no federally-funded scholarship or loan problems specifically targeted to students with disabilities. You should contact the Student Financial Aid Office at the college; they are knowledgeable about the various scholarships and loan programs available and often can give you a list which describes the qualifications and application deadlines required for the various loans and scholarships. If you are not a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, you may wish to apply for services from VR to see if you are eligible and could receive support.
  • How do I find out what my rights are in college?
    The college may provide you with this information in the admission packet. Prior to that, you can go online to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education’s page which provides access to the Federal law and regulations as well as some FAQ’s. You may also contact our Student Accessibility Resources office for information on federal, state, local and campus regulations that you should know.
  • How do I file a grievance?
    Consult the GCSC Student Handbook, SAR Student Handbook or the SAR office for assistance.

contact information

Student Accessibility Resources
Panama City Campus, McSpadden Student Union East, Room 27
5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: (850) 747-3243
Fax: (850) 767-8034
Email: sar@gulfcoast.edu

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