Office of Accessibility

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Justin Berg
Director of Accessibility

HUB Office 811
Phone: 906.217.4017
Fax: 906.217.1611

ooa@baycollege.edu

The Office of Accessibility (OOA) is the first stop for information and assistance to support students with disabilities. At the college level it is each student’s responsibility to self-identify their need for their particular accommodation. This is done by first completing the required online form (myBay), and after that a discussion takes place with the Director. The process is addressed on an individual, case-by-case basis, according to a student’s specific recommended accommodations. Requests should be followed up by valid, reasonable documentation to activate this no cost service. Documentation can be from MI Rehab Services, Vet Voc Rehab, MI Commission for the Blind, Psychological Evaluation, a student’s history, or a letter from a medical doctor.
 
The College will give primary consideration to the accommodation requested by the student with a disability. The determination of whether a modification will fundamentally alter an academic requirement will be made in accordance with the process outlined in Bay College Board Policy 1061.2 (Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation). Also, in the event a proposed modification is determined to fundamentally alter an academic requirement, the College will consider alternative modifications in accordance with Bay College Board Policy 1061.2 (Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation)

Accommodations

The OOA at Bay College strives to reduce the impact of a disability on a student's opportunity to learn and participate in campus life by providing accommodations to eligible students at Bay College. For more information, visit the Student Accommodations web page.

A student will need to request Accommodation.  This is not automatically provided.  A student may request accommodations by completing an online Accommodation Request Form/Intake Information Questionnaire, which is located on myBay under Current Students.  
 


Individuals with Disabilities Have a Right to:

  • Request accommodations
  • Receive accommodations appropriate to their disability in order to fully participate in, or benefit from, Bay College's programs, services, and activities in a non-discriminatory, integrated manner.

Typical Services Offered (not an inclusive list)

  • Extended time for tests and quizzes
  • Access to a distraction reduced testing environment
  • Note-taking assistance 
  • Reading assistant software
  • Dictation software
  • The use of a digital audio recorder for academic needs
The above list contains examples of possible academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services, and is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services will be based upon on a student's individual needs.

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Americans with Disabilities Act 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability and mandates that equal access and reasonable accommodations be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Under the ADA-AA any person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life functions is defined as disabled. Students with disabilities may not be segregated and are fully included in the institution's existing programs and activities.

 
  • Eliminating barriers to independence because of a person's disability
  • Prohibiting discrimination for a qualified student because of their disability
  • Providing a student with a disability reasonable and effective accommodations

Procedure for Filing a Complaint of Disability Discrimination


All Complaints of disability are subject to the College’s Board Policy 1061 which contains the grievance procedure for filing a disability discrimination complaint. Board Policy 1061 applies to complaints of discrimination against College Employees, Students, and Third-Parties.
In accordance with Policy 1061.3, all formal grievances regarding complaints of disability discrimination must be submitted in writing within ten (10) business days of the alleged discrimination to:

Justin Berg
Director of Accessibility
Bay College
Student Success Center: HUB Office 811
Escanaba Campus
(906) 217-4017
E-mail: justin.berg@baycollege.edu
Bay College Main,
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
906.786.5802 Main Campus Directions