Columbia College prohibits unlawful discrimination against qualified students with disabilities and encourages their full participation within the college community. All faculty, staff and administrators will actively support students with disabilities in all educational programs, services, and activities, in cases where such support is readily achievable and is not an undue burden.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (public law 93-112) section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, provides that “no otherwise qualified disabled individual in the United States shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a qualified student with a disability as “any person who is regarded as having such an impairment, and (a) who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission to or participation in the College’s programs, and (b) who has a documented physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the institution of a disability that would require academic adjustments, auxiliary aids or services, or who may need assistance with access to an event or program in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in section 504. To self-identify as a student with a disability, the student must complete an application and provide verification of their disability to Student Accessibility Resources. Students must complete all course requirements and testing requirements as stipulated by the College.
The application is available online to all students who have been admitted to Columbia College. Once logged into CougarTrack, the application is available by clicking the “Disability Accommodations” link on the student home page under CC Links. Students are prompted to upload the supporting documentation following the electronic submission of the application. Documentation can also be provided by mail, fax or delivery. It is recommended that students do so two weeks in advance of the date accommodations are needed. While students are encouraged to self-identify at the earliest possible time, students may still receive services at any time once they self-disclose and complete the application process. Students must allow enough time for the registration process to be completed. Accommodations are provided on a case by case basis through an Intake Interview process through the Student Accessibility Rescource office.
Although students are encouraged to discuss their needs with their instructors, students must complete the application process with Student Accessibility Resources in order to receive accommodations. Once a student is approved for accommodations, they must request their accommodations each session by logging into the Disability Services Management System and selecting their accommodations for each class.
The College is committed to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and equal access. Any College student who believes he or she has been subject to discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of disability, has been retaliated against, believes he or she has been wrongfully denied reasonable accommodation(s) by the College, believes the College failed to provide approved reasonable accommodation(s), or has other disability or accommodation related concerns should follow the steps set forth in this policy: COLUMBIA COLLEGE STUDENT ADA/SECTION 504 GRIEVANCE POLICY.
Disabilities Grievance Forms are available in the Student Affairs Office, the ADA Coordinator’s Office and the Plants and Facilities Office.
Math Disability Policy
Students with a specific learning disability in math are allowed to complete a modified set of general education requirements and should be careful to select a course of study that does not require coursework with a significant math component. Contact the Director of Student Accessibility Resources for more information.
Student Accessibility Resources can be reached at (573) 875-7626 or by emailing SAR@ccis.edu. The office is located in the Student Affairs suite on the second floor of Atkins-Holman Student Commons.