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Student Accessibility Resources
Panama City Campus, McSpadden Student Union East
5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 850.747.3243
Fax: 850.767.8034

Frequently Asked Questions


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

After you register for your semester classes, please fill out the SAR APPLICATION.

Once completed, SAR will reach out to you to schedule an intake appointment 850.747.3243.

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.

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.

Student Accessibility Resources accepts documentation from licensed physicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists based on disability.

The college acknowledges the right of persons with disabilities to utilize service animals as appropriate. Animals trained and in-training (service animals) to assist persons with disabilities are exempt from the college’s animal prohibition. The college maintains a list of service animal owner responsibilities related to grooming, sanitation, health, and control of their animal. This list may be picked up from the college’s Equity Coordinator or Coordinator of Student Accessibility Resources

Generally, no, there are no federally-funded scholarship or loan programs 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.

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.

Consult the GCSC Student Handbook, SAR Student Handbook or the SAR office for assistance.

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.