Mohave Community College is dedicated to serving all constituencies and empowering students to succeed. The Compliance Office coordinates assistance to all persons with disabilities by providing disability related accommodations, information and referral services.
Federal Law Regarding People with Disabilities – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – “No otherwise qualified handicapped* individual in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, nor be subjected to discrimination under any program activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
*Handicap/handicapped is the wording used in the law that was passed in 1973. Disability/disabled are the terms that are used today.
Americans with Disability Act – ADA is a comprehensive Civil Rights Act protecting the rights of people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the areas of private employment, public accommodations and services, transportation, and telecommunications. The Americans with Disabilities Act also prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability with regard to admission to educational institutions or vocational training programs (public or private); job application procedures; hiring, advancement or discharge of employees; employee compensation; job training; and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.
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Eligibility Statement: Mohave Community College is dedicated to ensuring compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by those who receive federal funds. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliments Section 504. The ADA is a Civil Rights Act protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
The ADA defines disability as: A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. Examples of major life activities are: walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, thinking, concentrating, reading, learning, breathing, standing, etc.
An individual who meets the qualifications as a person with a disability cannot be discriminated against on the basis of that disability. MCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals in order for the qualified individual to have equal opportunity in all facilities, programs and activities at Mohave Community College.
To qualify for disability-related accommodations a student must:
- Have a disability covered by the law
- Be a qualified student*
- Identify himself/herself as having a covered disability by providing appropriate documentation
- Request an accommodation
*A qualified student is a student with or without a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in the institution’s educational program or activity.
Qualified students with disabilities are not entitled to accommodations if they have not self-identified, have not provided appropriate documentation, and have not requested accommodations.
In order to receive accommodations, a student must provide appropriate documentation of his/her disability to MCC Compliance Office. That includes a diagnosis by a certified professional, as well as a description of the limitations that are a result of that diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do students with disabilities have to request accommodations?
No, students with disabilities are not required to inform the college that they have a disability or request accommodations. MCC Compliance Office recommends that students who feel they may need accommodations but are not sure, request them as soon as possible. If a student does not request accommodations until mid-semester, the accommodations are not retroactive to the beginning of the semester.
Does MCC Compliance Office provide assistance for students such as personal assistants, transportation to, from and around campus, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.?
No. Colleges are not required to provide assistance to students for daily living. Services and devices of a personal nature that are needed to function on a daily basis are the responsibility of the student and not the college. Mohave Community College does not provide personal assistants, eyeglasses, hearing aids, other devices of a personal nature, nor transportation.
How are instructors informed of a student’s request for accommodations?
After requesting accommodations with an advisor and providing proper documentation, if appropriate a student will receive an email Letter of Accommodation (LOA) detailing the reasonable accommodations determined by the MCC Compliance Office. An accommodation request form will be generated by the MCC Compliance Office and sent to all the student’s instructors, in strict confidentiality. Accommodations are valid for one term only, students must request a renewal of services in following terms.
How much time is needed to put an accommodation in place?
Mohave Community College requires up to six weeks’ notice to provide disability-related reasonable accommodations or assistance to the person requesting an accommodation, provided the accommodation does not create an undue hardship on the financial or structural operation of the college. Whenever possible, the college may provide reasonable accommodation(s) with less than a six-week period provided an undue hardship on the financial or structural operation of the college does not exist.
If a student has requested accommodations do they have to use them?
No. Students can choose not to use their accommodations.
If a student received special education services in high school, will they automatically receive accommodations in college?
No. Students must first provide appropriate disability documentation to MCC Compliance Office. The appropriate accommodations will be developed based on the provided documentation. Students will not always receive the same accommodations in college that they received in high school. Colleges do not have to provide accommodations that change the requirements of a course or program or impose an undue financial or administrative burden to the college. Additionally, different colleges may provide different accommodations.
Who is eligible to receive accommodations and services as a person with a disability at the college?
An individual must meet the admission requirements or be a current student at MCC. The individual must provide MCC Compliance Office with documentation from a certified professional that states the diagnosis and limitations of the individual before any accommodations or services can be accessed.
Who is responsible for making sure that accommodations are implemented?
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the accommodations they requested are being implemented. If a student wishes to report non-compliance regarding their approved accommodations the student will need to speak with an Academic Advisor or call the MCC Compliance Office. Students are encouraged to speak with their instructors regarding their accommodations and needs. Students with testing accommodations are responsible for giving their instructor the Testing Accommodation Form prior to a test and for scheduling a time to take the test in the campus Testing Center. Students are also responsible for obtaining and returning equipment borrowed for accommodations from MCC Compliance Office.
Why are accommodations provided at college?
Accommodations are designed to provide all students with equitable access to college programs, courses, and activities. Accommodations are not a guarantee of success, they are in place to provide equal opportunity for success.
Will Mohave Community College pay for a diagnostic evaluation from a certified professional?
No. Colleges are not required to pay for diagnostic evaluations to help you document your disability. Students are responsible for providing the appropriate documentation of a disability in order to receive accommodations.
Does a student with a service animal have to submit documentation?
Students with service animals are not required to register with the Compliance Office or submit documentation for the service animal. However, students are encouraged to complete the disability services process for increased communication, organization, and review of services. The submission of documentation may assist the College in determining further accommodation services for which the individual may be eligible for and can improve the organization of modifications in classrooms that may be necessary.
How to Request Accommodations?
- Meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an application and intake for requesting accommodations.
- Submit documentation from a medical, educational or psychological professional to Student Services or the Compliance Office.
- Check MCC student email for Letter of Accommodation (LOA).
The Compliance Office will send an Accommodation Request Form (ARF) to the appropriate instructor(s). Changes to course schedule should be forwarded to the Compliance Office.
In order for a student to receive accommodations, accommodations must be requested by the student every semester.