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Accessibility Services Information

Our goal at Mitchell Community College is to ensure that all students seeking credits, especially those with special challenges, overcome academic barriers in order to pursue their dreams and accomplish their goals. Accessibility Services strives to create an atmosphere where ABILITY is the focus, where limitations are diminished and expectations are raised. We all have and face challenges, but at Mitchell, we strive to overcome those challenges and become CHAMPIONS.

Grievance Policy For Students With Disabilities

Students who experience a problem and/or feel unfairly treated should attempt to resolve the problem informally with the Coordinator of the Office of Accessibility. Concerns regarding a specific accommodation will be resolved with the involvement of the student and the appropriate instructor, Program Head, Academic Dean, Vice President of Learning, and Vice President of Student Services. If a concern cannot be resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student should utilize the Student Grievance process as outlined below (and in the Mitchell Catalog and Student Handbook).

Rights of Students with Disabilities

As a student with a disability, you have distinct rights at Mitchell Community College:

  • You have the right to confidentiality
  • You have the right to reasonable access to programs and services offered to the public.
  • You have the right to reasonable accommodations to ensure your college success.
Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

Student Responsibilities

Students with disabilities often arrive at college with the misunderstanding that they will receive the same services and accommodations they had in high school. This is not the case. Colleges focus on providing access to educational programs and campus life to allow students to succeed with reasonable accommodation. 

As a college student with a disability, you have a responsibility to:

  • Act as an independent adult.
  • Self-identify or disclose a disability.
  • Provide verifying documentation.
  • Obtain assessment and test results and provide them to the college.
  • Arrange your own weekly schedule.
  • Contact the Accessibility Services Office regarding requests for accommodations.
  • Arrange for personal tutoring.
The College is NOT required to
  • Reduce or adjust the essential requirements of a course or program.
  • Conduct testing and assessment of learning disabilities.
  • Provide personal attendants.
  • Provide personal or private tutors.
  • Prepare Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).

Mitchell Community College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a comprehensive mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The College also complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Subpart E) and the NC Persons with Disabilities Protection Act.

Comparing high School and College Accommodations for Disabilities

Source: This material was developed in conjunction with the NC Association on Higher Education and Disability.

Identify students with disabilities.

Provide assessment of learning disabilities.

Classify disabilities according to specified diagnostic categories.

Involve parents or guardians in placement decisions.

Provide certain non-academic services.

Place students in programs where they can benefit (in any way) via a placement committee with parent participation and approval.

Structure a large part of the students’ weekly schedule.

Modify educational programs.

Prepare Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

Provide a free and appropriate education.

Provide appropriate services by the school nurse or health services.

Protect each student’s right to privacy and confidentiality.

Provide access to programs and services that are offered to persons without  disabilities.

Inform students of office location and procedures for requesting accommodations.

Accept and evaluate verifying documentation.

Determine that a mental or physical impairment causes a substantial limitation of a major life activity based on student-provided verifying documents.

Determine whether a student is otherwise qualified for participation in the program or service, with or without accommodations, and if so, whether reasonable accommodation is possible.

Make reasonable accommodations for students who meet the above qualifying criteria.

Provide reasonable access to program and service choices equal to those available to the general public.

Inform students of their rights and responsibilities.

Office Location and Hours


Statesville Campus
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Eason Student Services Center, Room 110 

Mooresville Campus
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Virtual appointments can be scheduled and held via zoom with 3 days advance notice.

Have Questions?

Marks Elder, Accessibility Services Coordinator and 504 Coordinator
(704) 878-3364

Molly Rogers, Accessibility Services Generalist
(704) 978-5426