Policy & Procedures

Procedures for Obtaining Disability Services/Accommodations

Students with disabilities will find that Coahoma Community College administration, faculty, and staff will readily assist their needs. Academic accommodations can be obtained by contacting Michael Houston at Office #A100, Vivian M. Presley Administration Building.  It is the student’s responsibility to make known a need for accommodations and services by providing documentation of their disability.

Students Applying for Admission:
Applicants with disabilities wishing to enroll at Coahoma Community College must follow the admission procedure in the current Bulletin.  Students may make inquiries to the Registrar, 3240 Friars Point Road, Coahoma Community College, Clarksdale, MS 38614 or by calling (662) 621-4205. Applicants who desire any admissions modifications must request them on the form, Student Request for Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications, available at Office #A100 housed in the Vivian M. Presley Administration Building.  Applicants are not required to indicate whether they have a disability on application forms.

Enrolled Students

Students with disabilities who are accepted for admission are advised to contact Michael Houston at Office #A100 located in the Vivian M. Presley Administration Building, as soon as possible regarding disabilities that might require accommodations. Early identification of disabilities of accepted applicants is strongly encouraged, so that adequate time is allowed for evaluating documentation, working out specific accommodations, arranging scheduling in barrier-free classrooms, arranging funding for auxiliary services, and providing accommodations for orientation. Last minute requests for accommodations may not be readily met because of the time required to make such arrangements.

  1. Students with disabilities who require accommodations must seek assistance from Michael Houston at Office #A100 located in the Vivian M. Presley Administration Building. This should be done prior to the start of classes or as soon as possible.  Students must request accommodations on the application form, Student Request for Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications.

  2. Students with disabilities must provide documentation of the disability and how it limits or impacts their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities at Coahoma Community College.  Physical disabilities require a qualifying medical diagnosis.  Learning disabilities require psychoeducational testing and an accompanying summary report.  ADHD and psychiatric disorders require a current psychological evaluation.  All testing must have been within a three-year period prior to the date the application for services is received.  The specific disability must be identified in the documentation with recommendations for accommodations. A qualified and licensed professional must have administered all testing. (A note on a prescription pad is not acceptable.)       
  3. After a student has self-identified and provided documentation to our office, the submitted documentation is reviewed by a Committee for requested accommodations on a case-by-case basis.  This review generally results in one of three main outcomes: (A) disability verified and approved (current appropriate information was received with sufficient information to confirm diagnosis and provide support for appropriate accommodations); (B) further information required (current appropriate information was not received to confirm diagnosis or appropriate accommodations); (C) disability not verified or approved (current appropriate information was received; however, the student does not meet the criteria for diagnosis with a disabling condition).

Once approved, instructors will receive letter/notice from Michael Houston regarding the requested accommodations of the application reviewed.