The mission of Accessibility Resources is to collaborate with the Colorado College community to ensure that all aspects of campus life are accessible, equitable, and inclusive for people who experience disabilities. In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Colorado College faculty and staff work closely with students who have documented disabilities to ensure equal access to the college’s programs, activities, services, and facilities.
The ADA defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, walking, seeing, hearing, and speaking.
Accessibility Resources is the designated office at Colorado College that maintains disability-related documents and determines reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities.
Accessibility Resources offers a wide range of accommodations and services that are provided on an individualized basis, including but not limited to, extended time on exams, a distraction-reduced exam setting, use of a computer with word processing for exams, notetaking services, and alternate formats of text. Accessibility Resources also provides academic counseling and a variety of assistive technology options to enhance students' academic experiences.
Students who choose to request accommodations and services are responsible for submitting an Application for Accommodation and appropriate documentation of disability to Accessibility Resources. The Application for Accommodation and documentation guidelines are available on the Accessibility Resources website.
Due to the intense pace of the Block Plan, it is necessary to request services in a timely manner to allow staff sufficient time to evaluate requests and implement reasonable accommodations and services.
Requests for accommodations and services that are not supported by appropriate documentation or that fundamentally alter the college’s programs or requirements will be denied. However, every effort will be made to implement reasonable and effective accommodations and services.
Students should apply for disability-related housing accommodations through Accessibility Resources. Accessibility Resources and Residential Life and Housing staff members collaborate to determine appropriate accommodations. Please contact the office of Residential Life and Housing at (719) 389-6618 for information on housing application deadlines.
Students should keep a copy of their documentation of disability for their personal records. Accessibility Resources destroys documentation and other disability-related information seven years after a student leaves the college.
The college respects the privacy of its students. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act governs all student record information. Information concerning student disabilities and accommodations is kept separate from student academic files. This information is confidential and will not be released to third parties without the written permission of the student, except in circumstances involving matters of health, safety, and matters of law. Information regarding student disabilities and requests for accommodations is available to college faculty and staff on a need-to-know basis.
Students may appeal decisions concerning disability status or accommodations. See the “Student Disability Appeal Policy and Procedures” in the Pathfinder.
For additional information, contact Accessibility Resources at (719) 227-8285 or visit www.ColoradoCollege.edu/accessibilityresources. Accessibility Resources is located in the Learning Commons in Tutt Library.