Mandatory DRS and Title IX Syllabus Statements
DRS Syllabus Statement:
Classroom Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and its associated colleges are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities to students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Each class/term/semester that a student is in need of academic adjustments/accommodations, the qualified student is required to work with the Disability Resources & Services Office (DRS) at their individual college(s). Contact with the DRS should be made as soon as possible to ensure academic needs are met in a reasonable time. New and returning students must request accommodations each semester through DRS Connect online services. To learn more about this easy process, please contact your local DRS office.
If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations, you are welcome to contact DRS by using the information listed on the following webpage: https://district.maricopa.edu/consumer-information/disability-resources/contacts. The DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions qualifying for accommodations/academic adjustments. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your faculty, and DRS; and only those academic adjustments/reasonable accommodations granted by the DRS are recognized by the college and District. It is the policy and practice of the MCCCD to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.
Title IX Syllabus Statement:
Addressing Incidents of Sexual Harassment/Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, MCCCD prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The District also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, District employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in District policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by District policy.
District policy requires all college and District employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the college Title IX Coordinator. MCCCD will provide on its Title IX Coordinators web page, a link to all the Title IX Coordinators in the district. Reports may also be reported at:https://district.maricopa.edu/consumer-information/reporting.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FACULTY MEMBERS
These statements cannot be modified—this includes no modifications of the statement title—and they must be placed in at least one of the following places:
1. The course syllabus (either in its entirety or as a link to a landing page created by District Compliance), or
2. As an announcement in the Canvas classroom, or
3. On other mandatory course material.
What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (ADAAA) of 2008, and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that Mesa Community College make reasonable accommodations for all individuals with a disability who qualify. The Acts also require that Mesa Community College prohibit discrimination related to disability. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments that allow the individual with a disability to have equal opportunity and access to MCC’s courses, services, and activities. Accommodations that fall outside the realm of ‘reasonable’ are not obligated.
A student with a disability must be “otherwise qualified” to meet the same academic requirements and standards as non-disabled students. These requirements and standards must be considered necessary to maintain the integrity of a course, program or college policy. Students with disabilities are required to meet an instructor’s expectations for students in regards to class participation, work standards, attendance, and ability to demonstrate acquired knowledge.
Who Qualifies for Accommodations?
A student with a disability is eligible to receive reasonable accommodations if the documented disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. Major life activities include: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, concentrating, and working.
Each applicant with a disability must meet MCCCD admissions requirements, or be enrolled as an MCCCD student, and must provide Disability Resource Services (DRS) with required documentation verifying the nature and extent of the disability prior to receiving any accommodations. The disability services manager and program advisors are responsible for evaluating documentation and determining accommodation eligibility.
To receive accommodations, the student must contact the Disability Resources & Services office and provide medical documentation which documents the nature and extent of the stated disability.