Faculty member working with students

Office of Accessibility Services

Introduction

Coe College is a selective, private, nationally recognized, four-year coeducational liberal arts institution providing superior educational experiences for students. The College strives to provide each student a personalized education that prepares them for life in a rapidly changing world. With that goal in mind, the Office of Accessibility Services, a member of the Coe College TRIO: Academic Achievement Program, partners with students with disabilities who request services. The Accessibility Services Office has been developed by the College to assure that the educational experience of our students with disabilities is similar to, if not identical, to that of their fellow students. Every student is a unique individual and as such, we work with each student to create supports and accommodations that meet their unique needs within the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Coe College is committed to equal access and nondiscrimination, in principle and in practice.  No qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by Coe College because of a disability. Coe College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its programs and activities.


Compliance with ADA/Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Requires that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be denied access to, the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any program or activity provided by any institution or entity receiving federal financial assistance. 

Subpart E of Section 504 Specific to Institutions of Higher Education

Requires that an institution (public or private) be prepared to make appropriate academic adjustments and reasonable modifications to policies and practices in order to allow the full participation of students with disabilities in the same programs and activities available to non-disabled students.

Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008

Requires that all public facilities, services, and communications be accessible to persons with disabilities and that auxiliary aids and services be provided unless an undue burden would result.


Accessibility Services Policy

Coe College encourages students with disabilities or students who believe their learning may be affected by a disability to self-advocate by contacting the Office of Accessibility Services to schedule an interview to determine best strategies to support learning. The needs of each student are unique and can best be determined through an interactive process based on the student’s lived experience, current concerns, and personal goals. Together the Accessibility Services Coordinator, along with other faculty and staff, when appropriate, can help the student determine what accommodations and supports are needed. Self-identifying as a student with a disability and asking for accommodations are personal decisions and it is the responsibility of the student to make initial contact and remain actively involved in the accommodation process.  The benefits of accommodations are not retroactive; therefore it is important that students seek access early in their academic career.


Reasonable Accommodations

Students have the responsibility to make their disability status and subsequent need for an accommodation known by contacting the Accessibility Services Office.

Coe College will provide reasonable accommodation(s) to otherwise qualified students as required by law to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities in the most integrated setting, to the extent such requested accommodation(s) do not impose an undue hardship upon the College or constitute a fundamental alteration to a program or compromise academic integrity.  Neither supervisors, faculty, program sponsors, staff nor administrators may independently deny a request for accommodation.


Role of the Accessibility Services/ADA Coordinator

The Accessibility Services/ADA Coordinator (ASC) is designated by Coe College to provide services, resources, and programs to facilitate equal learning opportunities for students with disabilities. The ASC also determines whether individuals are eligible for reasonable accommodation and, if so, the nature of the reasonable accommodation.


Student Rights

Students with disabilities have the right to full and equal access to the same educational experience as students without disabilities; to have requests for services reviewed in a timely manner; to have approved accommodations implemented in a timely manner, without discrimination; and to have disability documentation be held confidentially and released only with the student’s written request or permission.


Disability Documentation and Confidentiality

The Office of Accessibility Services is the custodian of records for students’ medical or educational records obtained for the purpose of providing reasonable accommodations.

Disability and medical information is confidential and is not shared except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate legitimate University processes, including granting appropriate reasonable accommodations, addressing direct threats or investigating claims or charges.


Student Responsibilities

Students must self-identify their disability and participate in an interactive interview process to identify their specific needs. If/when requested, students must provide appropriate documentation of their disability.

Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Accessibility Services Coordinator at their earliest opportunity. Accommodations and the benefits thereof are not retroactive and begin only after the need for such services has been disclosed by the student.

Students are expected to communicate with their faculty regarding the ways in which their disability affects their learning and access to materials in the class. Students will not be asked to share the specifics of their disability but rather the way their unique circumstances effect classroom engagement and access.

Students are expected to maintain open communication with the Accessibility Services Office making the Coordinator aware of any changes in needs or effectiveness of accommodation.

Students are required to make arrangements for alternative testing accommodations according to the policies of the TRIO/AAP Testing Center.

All Coe College students are required to adhere to the standards of honesty, safety and well-being or the College.


Concerns and Complaints

Coe College is committed to equal access and nondiscrimination; The Office of Accessibility Services is charged with ensuring that the Coe College campus is accessible and inclusive for students with disabilities. If you have concerns about Accessibility Services processes, services, or believe that you have not received reasonable accommodation, we encourage you to first communicate directly with the Accessibility Services Coordinator.

If after engaging in the interactive process with the Coe College Accessibility Services Coordinator you believe that you have not received appropriate accommodations, please contact our ADA Compliance Officer Paula O'Loughlin who will work with the Accessibility Services Office to perform an independent review of your situation to assist you in finding a resolution.

Paula O’Loughlin, Provost
ADA Compliance Officer
1220 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52402
Phone: 319-399-8616
Email: poloughlin@coe.edu

The student is unable to find resolution with the ADA Compliance Officer they may contact Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education to file a complaint.