Students with disabilities often face significant challenges. Thus, reasonable accommodations offer opportunities to succeed in classes similar to the opportunities that students free from disabilities can take for granted. A reasonable academic accommodation ensures equal access and equal opportunity to participate in MCC’s courses, services, activities, and facilities. MCC is not obligated to provide an accommodation that requires a substantial change in the curriculum or alteration of any essential elements or functions of a program. MCC facilities are designed to permit persons with disabilities to enroll in and benefit from education.
Montcalm Community College is committed to assuring that students who enroll for admission to the College are not discriminated against and receive the accommodations required under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in the ADA Amendments Act, effective Jan. 1, 2009. This means that MCC will engage in positive efforts to assure accommodations for students with disabilities. MCC will protect students’ privacy rights by maintaining confidentiality during this process.
- A person with a disability is an individual (1) with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual; (2) with a record of such an impairment; or (3) who is regarded as having such an impairment.
- A “physical impairment” is defined as any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of several body systems.
- A “mental impairment” is defined as any mental or psychological disorder, and includes mental illness and Specific Learning Disabilities.
- “Major life activities” are defined as functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, and participating in community activities.
Accommodations are necessary only when a student’s disability impedes a specific academic task. Qualified students with disabilities are entitled to accommodations only if they have self-identified, have provided appropriate documentation and have requested accommodations.
MCC will take necessary steps to assure that no otherwise qualified student who is disabled within the meaning of the relevant laws is denied the benefits of or excluded from participation in MCC’s education programs. While accommodations may not alter the fundamental nature of the course/program in question, or impose an undue financial burden on the institution, MCC will otherwise work with any student requiring an accommodation to meet that student’s needs.
Any otherwise qualified student seeking accommodation should request such accommodations before starting school or, if the need for the accommodation arises after enrollment, as soon as possible after discovering the need for accommodation. Accommodations should thereafter be requested on an annual or regular basis. The student should provide comprehensive and current written documentation of the disability and the need for the requested accommodation from competent independent authorities. The College may request supplemental information as necessary to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
Students needing a special accommodation should contact the Student Success Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989-328-1264 to schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services. You may also stop by the Student Success Center to schedule an appointment.
Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for students, visitors, or employees who display an appropriate state-issued handicap placard or license plate.