Disability & Accommodation Policy
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) is committed to providing a non-discriminatory environment to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are treated in a non-discriminatory manner during the application process and for students to ensure non-discrimination in all terms, conditions, and privileges of the educational program. CCMS provides, at no charge, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals where such accommodation would not fundamentally alter the academic, technical, or requisites and standards for admission or participation in the program or curriculum, or otherwise cause an undue hardship. Course substitutions and/or waivers will not be granted.
The ADA defines a disability as “any mental or physical condition that substantially limits an individual’s ability to perform one or more major life activities” including, but not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for one’s self, working and learning. Individuals with disabilities (including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments, mobility impairments, attention deficit or hyperactivity disorders, psychiatric impairments, or chronic health disabilities) who apply to CCMS may choose whether or not to disclose their disability. Disclosure of a disability is required only when requesting ADA Accommodation and does not factor into an individual’s eligibility for admission to CCMS.
CCMS operates in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and abides by provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to protect otherwise qualified individuals from discrimination. At the postsecondary education level, a qualified individual with a disability is capable of meeting the academic and technical standards and requisites for admission to fulfill the essential requirements of an educational program or activity with or without reasonable accommodation.
Section 504 is a federal law enforced by the Office of Civil Rights designed to protect rights of individuals with disabilities in programs that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education and requires appropriate academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services that are necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate. Institutions are not required to make adjustments that would result in a fundamental alteration of an academic program, activity, or impose an undue burden.
The protections of Section 504 extend to individuals who meet the regulatory definition in accordance with Section 504 (34 C.F.R. Part 104) and requires documentation of information and consideration of all significant factors related to the student's learning process including, but not limited to, aptitude and achievement tests, teacher recommendations, physical condition, social and cultural background, and adaptive behavior. In evaluating a student.
CCMS is committed to protecting the confidentiality of student records in our possession. We retain student records in compliance with both state and federal law, in particular with the Family Education Right and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Revised July 2020
Accommodation requests must be submitted using the form below prior to enrollment. Requester must complete Personal Information section and sign. Requester must obtain official documentation verifying disability, signed by a licensed physician, and submit with the form for consideration.