CMU strives to provide a fair and supportive learning environment for academically qualified students with disabilities. CMU is committed to helping students succeed in their university studies and is continually developing resources to provide a supportive environment for students with disabilities.
The term "disability" refers to both mental and physical conditions which are permanent, ongoing, episodic, or of some persistence, and cause a significant limitation for the person in carrying out some of life's major activities. A disability may be visible, in the form of a physical limitation, or it may be an invisible disability, such as a learning disability.
Students who wish to receive accommodations from Accessibility Services will be asked to fill out a Self-Identification of Disability Form and submit it, along with the Verification of Disability Form, to the Coordinator of Commuter, International and Accessibility Programs.
CMU strives to provide a fair and supportive learning environment for academically qualified students with disabilities. The term "disability" refers to both mental and physical conditions which are permanent, ongoing, episodic, or of some persistence, and cause a significant limitation for the person in carrying out some of life's major activities.
CMU has established a Committee for Accessibility Services, which serves as an advisory body regarding admission of students with disabilities and carries responsibility for developing strategies and structures of support for students with disabilities.
CMU's Application for Admission form invites applicants to identify any physical or learning disabilities. It is the applicant's responsibility to make an adequate disclosure to enable CMU to assess its capability to respond to that applicant's disabilities.
For students who disclose a disability, the Assistant Director of Enrolment will ask the applicant to self-identify by filling out the Self-Identification for Students with Disabilities form. All forms should be handed in to the Coordinator of Accessibility Programs. For students who disclose a disability for which CMU may not be able to adequately respond, the Assistant Director of Enrolment will request that the Self-Identification for Students with Disabilities form and documentation be provided prior to admission. The Coordinator of Accessibility Programs will receive the Self-Identification for Students with Disabilities form and accompanying documentation and will consult with the Committee for Accessibility Services in order to assess whether CMU has the resources to respond adequately to the needs of the applicant. In cases where it is deemed that CMU does not have adequate resources, the committee may recommend to the Assistant Director of Enrolment that the applicant be admitted as a non-residential student or that his/her disabilities cannot be adequately accommodated.
As part of the admissions process, or subsequent to admission but before classes begin, applicants with disabilities should seek an interview with either or both the Coordinator of Accessibility Programs and Coordinator of Student Advising or/and the Registrar to work toward an understanding regarding responsibilities each of CMU and the prospective student would assume to appropriately structure the CMU experience for the prospective student.
The prospective student will normally be asked to provide current diagnostic documentation regarding his or her disabilities from an appropriately licensed professional. As much as possible, the student should also provide documentation that clearly identifies any accommodations desired to enable the prospective student to work or live comfortably on campus at CMU and any academic accommodations that would assist the prospective student in her or his efforts to learn and demonstrate mastery of course content.
CMU will work with the student to arrange accommodations that both respond to the needs of the prospective student and respect the academic integrity and resources of CMU. There may be needs that CMU cannot accommodate. When the interview process results in an acceptable understanding, that understanding will be recorded in a memorandum.
Inasmuch as the memorandum has implications for the practice of instruction, the Registrar will communicate them to instructors of courses for which the student registers. The instructors together with the Coordinator of Student Advising and Registrar will carry responsibility for implementing academic provisions of the memorandum. In all other respects, the Coordinator of Accessibility Programs will carry responsibility for the implementation of the provisions of the memorandum.
During the first week of classes, the student should seek an interview with each of her/his instructors to ensure that arrangements are in place in accordance with the memorandum of understanding.
It is the student's responsibility to provide updated documentation in the event that any change in the student's condition of disability takes place. Such documentation may require the development of a new memorandum of understanding.
The memorandum of understanding together with all documentation provided by the student will become part of the student’s permanent file.
It is the student’s responsibility to provide updating documentation in the event that any changes in the student’s condition of disability take place. Such documentation may require the development of a new memorandum of understanding.
In the event that a dispute arises over the implementation of any of the foregoing procedures, the prospective student may submit a written appeal to the Committee for Accessibility Services.