Accommodations for Disabled Students

Accommodations Policy for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Morningside College will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants for enrollment, enrolled students, applicants for employment, or employees. Morningside College will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines, with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required, to provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Background

It is the policy of Morningside College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants for enrollment, enrolled students, applicants for employment, or employees. Morningside College will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities.

The following policy relates specifically to qualified individuals with disabilities enrolled at Morningside College who have qualified for admission by meeting standard institutional requirements.

Definition of Determination of a Disability

Morningside College will require supportive data to verify that a disability exists. These may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:


  1. High school records
  2. Rehabilitation organization records
  3. Data from other colleges (transfer students)
  4. Specific plans recommended by qualified professionals and/or consultants
  5. Satisfactory medical determination as required

Reasonable Accommodations List

The concepts of "reasonable accommodations" and "undue hardship" will be applied in implementing accommodations for each individual with a disability.

The accommodations selected will be based on the individual needs of the student who has a disability and the college's ability to reasonably accommodate the disabilities without undue hardship. Examples of potential reasonable accommodations for students taking courses might include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  1. Classroom accessibility
  2. Note-taking services
  3. Copies of instructor's notes
  4. Tape recordings of class
  5. Reasonable equipment modification
  6. Preferential seating
  7. Large print materials
  8. Books on tape
  9. Test taking accommodations
  10. Word processor adaptions
  11. Reader service

Accommodations Procedures

Accommodations will be coordinated by the Associate Dean for the Learning Center. Students must initiate the accommodations process by notifying the Associate Dean for the Learning Center of their disability(s), by providing the appropriate documentation, and by meeting with the Associate Dean for the Learning Center to discuss appropriate accommodations. Once the disability(s) has been verified, the Associate Dean for the Learning Center will serve as facilitator for the accommodations process. The Associate Dean for the Learning Center will help students contact professors, will provide training, and will answer any questions faculty may have about the process.  

Academic Standards

Special accommodations should not lessen course requirements or reduce academic standards. Instead, accommodations may slightly alter an instructor's teaching style or testing methods since they are tailored to reduce or circumvent the limitations imposed by the disability of a particular student. If an instructor is concerned that any of the accommodations may alter the course requirement or otherwise compromise the integrity of their course, the instructor may discuss alternative solutions with the student or the Associate Dean for the Learning Center.

Grievance Procedure

It is anticipated that the faculty/staff person will make adjustments based on reasonable actions as required and set forth in a "Plan of Accommodation," agreed in writing between the student and the Associate Dean for the Learning Center and based upon a student's documented needs. Students who are denied requested accommodations should first contact the Associate Dean for the Learning Center, who will work with the student to find an adequate solution for the situation. If the situation is still not resolved, the student may appeal to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

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