Jul 17, 2018  
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Accessibility Resources

Student Accessibility Resources strives to provide the most effective academic accommodations to all students registered with our office. Students with documented physical, emotional, medical or learning disabilities may need accommodations to meet their learning potential. A goal of our office is to provide services that allows you to take ownership of your own education, and help you achieve the academic success you are capable of achieving, despite any barriers you face. Student Accessibility Resources can assist with access to an event or program, required classroom academic adjustments, and needed auxiliary aids or services.

Student Responsibility

  • Communication - Act as your own advocate.
    • Students with needs related to a disability are responsible to contact the Student Accessibility Resources office.
    • Work with Student Accessibility Resources on developing advocacy skills and communicating your specific needs and accommodations to professors.
    • Students need to initiate timely communication consistently with their professor to facilitate a shared understanding of the fundamental requirements of the class and boundaries of accommodations.
  • Documentation.
    • Provide Student Accessibility Resources with appropriate documentation of the disability to receive accommodations.
  • Accommodations
    • To utilize accommodations students need to submit online requests in a timely manner, preferably prior to the beginning of the session.
    • To follow procedures with professors and Student Accessibility Resources in order to get the appropriate accommodations.
    • To inform Student Accessibility Resources of the materials you need in alternate format in a timely manner, preferably two weeks prior to the beginning of the session.
    • To notify professors immediately when an accommodation is not being provided completely or correctly. If a resolution is not established contact Student Accessibility Resources in a timely manner.
    • To notify professors immediately when a decision has been made to not use an accommodation, or contact Student Accessibility Resources if the accommodation is no longer needed.
    • To provide for your own personal living needs or other personal disability-related needs. For example, coordinating services of personal care attendants or requiring homework assistance are a student’s responsibilities and not the responsibilities of Student Accessibility Resources.
  • Accountability
    • Students must complete all course and testing requirements as stipulated by the College.
    • Students must abide by Columbia College standards and guidelines for behavior and academic integrity.
    • Students are expected to treat all college staff and faculty with respect and courtesy.
    • If you have academic problems or other concerns, contact Student Accessibility Resources as soon as possible.

Application Process 

Students with a disability enrolled at Columbia College, who have course or campus barriers that may be preventing access to education or an equitable campus experience, are encouraged to apply for services with our office. We encourage you to take these three easy steps to begin.

  • Complete an online application located in CougarTrack.
  • Provide supporting documentation of disability.
  • Complete an intake interview to establish individualized accommodations.

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. 

Grievance Information

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, Student Accessibility Resources Office, and the Plants and Facilities Office.

Contact Information

Student Accessibility Resources can be reached at (573) 875-7626 or by emailing SAR@ccis.edu. The office located in the Student Affairs suite on the second floor of Atkins-Holman Student Commons.