Disability Support Services
EMCC's Disability Support Services staff is committed to creating a positive campus environment where students with disabilities are encouraged to pursue careers on the basis of personal interest and abilities. Reasonable accommodations are offered in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Special needs students applying for admission to East Mississippi Community College are considered for admission under the same requirements as other applicants. Admission requirements are listed in the EMCC catalog and student handbook.
- Eligible students include those who: 1) are enrolled in degree and non-degree programs offered by East Mississippi Community College; 2) are considered qualified to meet the college program requirements despite a disability; and 3) meet the definition of disability as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- The definition of disability includes any person who "has a physical, emotional or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of life’s major activities, and who has a record of disability or is regarded as having a disability.” In determining if a student is “qualified” to meet all program requirements, the college bases its decision on the skills, interest and aptitude of a student and not on presumptions that would arbitrarily exclude a student from participating in a program.
- In order to receive reasonable accommodations for a disability, students must self-identify, file an application and intake form with the DSS Coordinator on their respective campus and provide current (within three years) documentation of a disability.
- Click this link for a DDS application form.
- Click this link for a DDS intake form.
- After an application is filed, students schedule an appointment with the appropriate staff member for their program of study and establish a plan for reasonable accommodations and services.
- The DSS Reasonable Accommodations Committee will perform a substantive review of the requested accommodations and explore alternatives to requested accommodations. Appropriate reasonable accommodations and services are individually determined by the DSSRA Committee and based on the documentation. Students are expected to follow DSS procedures for using services and to maintain reasonable contact with designated staff members so that progress can be monitored and accommodations adjusted as appropriate.
Documentation of disability:
- Documentation of a disability from an appropriate licensed or certified professional with expertise related to the student’s disability must be filed with DSS. Evaluation must include a statement of how the disability limits a major life area, thus impacting a student’s participation in courses, programs, services, activities and facilities and a list of recommendations for accommodations. Evaluation for the purpose of documentation must have been completed within the past three years of application with DSS.
- All fees associated with procuring documentation are the responsibility of the student.
- All documentation is confidential. Applications, documentation and questions should be directed to campus DSS coordinator:
Confidentiality of records:
EMCC respects the rights of the student and strives to keep information confidential. Students are required to complete a written release prior to receiving or releasing information. Only authorized personnel have access to the records. However, student records may be disclosed when permitted or required by law.
Responsibilities of students:
Students registering with DSS are expected to self-identify their request for reasonable accommodations. Identified needs for reasonable accommodations must be appropriate to the student’s documented disability. Upon approval of accommodations by the designated staff member, personnel will work with the student to develop an individualized accommodation plan. Students, however, must meet degree or essential course requirements as established by the college or course instructor.
Unreasonable accommodations, adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services that impose a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the college may be refused. Reasonable accommodations are designed to ensure that the students have equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to students without disabilities. Students are responsible for procuring or paying for services related to personal use and study.
Students have the responsibility to:
- Self-identify concerning disability status to DSS in a timely manner;
- Provide current (obtained in the past three years) documentation
from an appropriate certified or licensed professional;
- Request in a timely manner specific accommodations that are
appropriate to their documented disability;
- Maintain reasonable contact with the designated DSS staff member; and
- Follow the procedures outlined by the DSS Reasonable Accommodations