If you have questions about reasonable accommodations; the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities; or need other information as required by the Section 504 regulation at 34 C.F.R. § 104.22(f), please contact the Director of Student Support, Cox College, 1423 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, MO 65802 or call 417/269-3598 regarding this information.
Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act Standards
All students with verified disabilities must provide to the director of student support/section 504 coordinator (417/269-3598) verification of and requirements for accommodations for their disability upon admission to the college. Students who suspect they might have a disability should contact the director of student services/section 504 coordinator for assistance. The college will allow for implementation of reasonable and appropriate accommodations necessary for participation in the college’s programs.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Cox College is committed to facilitating learning for all students. The college complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and supports the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations in order to foster student success.
American Disabilities Act/ Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/ Students with Disabilities
I. Academic Requirements
Cox College is committed to making reasonable modifications to its academic requirements when such modifications are necessary to ensure that academic requirements do not discriminate (or have the effect of discriminating) on the basis of disability, against a qualified student with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Modifications may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree requirements
- Substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements
- Adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted
If a qualified student with a disability requests an academic notification that Cox College can demonstrate is essential to the instruction being pursued by such student or to any directly related licensing requirement, then failure to make such academic modification by Cox College shall not be regarded as discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
II. To Whom Students Should Make Requests for Academic Adjustments/Advance Notice
- To Whom Request Shall be Directed. If a qualified student with a disability believes an academic adjustment is necessary, he/she should immediately contact the director of student support/section 504 coordinator, by telephone, 417/269-3598; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 1423 North Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802, Attn: Director of Student Support. Please see Section III of this policy for more specific guidelines regarding requests.
- Advance Notice. If a qualified student with a disability believes an academic adjustment is necessary, he/she shall use his/her best efforts to provide the director of student services/section 504 coordinator with at least three weeks advance notice of the request for an academic adjustment support.
III. Procedure by Which Requests for Academic Adjustments Shall be Considered
A. If an applicant or student believes an academic adjustment is necessary, he/she shall make a written request to the director of student support/section 504 coordinator (submitted either by electronic mail at email@example.com or by regular mail to 1423 N. Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65802, Attn: Director of Student Support). The request shall include the following:
- Courses in question
- Nature of the disability and the reason for the request (i.e. the reason that taking the required coursework would amount to discrimination based on the disability)
- Student’s history with courses or subject matter, including any attempts to pass the classes, whether accommodations were requested, and what accommodations were available
- Statement of the accommodation he/she is seeking
- Applicant or student should attach documentation of the disability from a qualified diagnostician and may attach letters or other documents supporting the request. (“Documentation” refers to, but is not limited to, the following: a diagnosis made by a qualified medical, psychological, educational or rehabilitation professional or other professional personnel qualified to make the particular diagnosis)
- Students may consolidate written requests for multiple classes, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids in one request.
NOTE: The college reserves the right to request documentation as to how the diagnosis was determined, such as what tests were applied to reach the diagnosis (i.e. for learning disabilities or test anxiety), and as to how the diagnosed impairment affects the applicant or student in the education setting. A physician’s letter stating a student is under a physician’s care for stress does not necessarily indicate a diagnosis of test anxiety. Having a diagnosis of test anxiety is not a qualified disability under the ADA; English as a second language [ESL] is not a disability under ADA. The college expects that any testing and/or documentation of the disability will come from a qualified diagnostician. Any testing necessary to determine diagnosis of a disability will be done at the student’s expense.
B. The director of student services/section 504 coordinator shall review the request and documentation and shall meet individually with the applicant or student within 10 business days following receipt of the request to engage in an interactive process with the applicant/student in making the determination whether the student is a qualified individual with a disability under Section 504/the ADA and in determining the specific academic adjustments/auxiliary aids the college will provide. The request must be complete, with all necessary documentation, before the director or student support/section 504 coordinator will make a determination regarding the request.
C. The director of student support/section 504 coordinator shall schedule additional meetings if needed and shall make a decision based on the individual circumstances and the law, within seven business days of the meeting with the applicant or student.
D. The director of student support/section 504 coordinator will inform the applicant or student of the decision in writing within five business days of the decision.
E. The applicant or student may appeal the director of student ssupport/section 504 coordinator’s decision, in writing, by submitting a letter to the president that indicates the desire to appeal, within five business days of notification (to the applicant or student). The applicant’s or student’s letter should be sent to: 1423 North Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65802, Attn: President. Failure to submit a request for appeal within the time frame set forth herein will result in an acceptance of the director of student support/section 504 coordinator’s decision and will constitute an automatic waiver of the applicant’s or student’s right to appeal.
F. The president shall, within five business days of receipt of the letter requesting an appeal, call a special meeting of the College Leadership Council to hear the appeal.
G. The applicant or student shall be given a minimum of 10 business days advance notice of the College Leadership Council’s special meeting date. The meeting shall be held within 15 business days of the request for appeal. The applicant or student will be informed at this time that he/she may appear at the College Leadership Council’s special meeting to present his/her request and/or relevant documentation. During the College Leadership Council’s special meeting, the director of student support/section 504 coordinator shall present his/her decision, his/her reasoning, and/or documentation for the decision. Then, the applicant or student shall have the opportunity to present his/her request, documentation, and reasoning. (The director of student support/section 504 coordinator shall leave the meeting room during the applicant’s or student’s presentation.) After the College Leadership Council hears both the director of student support/section 504 coordinator’s reasoning and the applicant’s or student’s request, it shall excuse the director of student support/section 504 coordinator and the applicant or student from the meeting, deliberate, and vote, based on the circumstances and the law. (The director of student support/section 504 coordinator shall not be permitted to vote on this issue.) The College Leadership Council’s decision shall be binding, and the applicant or student shall have no further right to appeal.
H. The president shall inform the applicant or student in writing of the College Leadership Council’s decision within three business days of the decision.
IV. Procedure by Which Academic Adjustment Shall be Considered in an Emergency Situation
In the event that an applicant or student requests an academic adjustment in an emergency situation (“emergency situation” is defined in this policy as a situation in which an answer to the request for the academic adjustment is needed before the time periods permitted in Section III of this policy), the director of student support/section 504 coordinator shall use best efforts to expedite the process provided in Section III of this policy, to provide the applicant or student with an answer as soon as is reasonably practicable.
V. Other Rules
Cox College shall not prohibit students with a disability from using tape recorders in classrooms or using dog guides in campus buildings to the extent such prohibitions have the effect of limiting the participation of students with a disability in Cox College education programs or activities.
VI. Auxiliary Aids and Services
A. Absence of Auxiliary Aids. Cox College shall take reasonable steps to ensure that no student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of the absence of educational auxiliary aids for students with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills. (Auxiliary aids may include taped texts; interpreters; note takers; transcription services; written materials, or other effective methods of making orally delivered materials available to students with hearing impairments; Braille materials; large print materials; acquisition or modification of equipment or devices; readers and other similar services and actions).
B. Aids of a Personal Nature. Cox College shall not provide attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature.
VII. Confidentiality and Procedures for Handling Confidential Information
Information about an applicant’s or student’s disability is confidential. This information may not be shared, whether orally or in writing, with any parties beyond those directly involved in the proceedings and decision making.
VIII. Publication of Policy
This policy shall be publicized in the student handbook, student catalog, and course syllabi and shall be provided to all college personnel.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In compliance with Public Law 93-380, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended, Cox College defines directory information as name, local and other addresses, local and other telephone numbers, date of birth, dates of attendance, enrollment status, high school, date of high school graduation, classification, major field of study, previous institution(s) attended, awards, honors, degree(s) conferred (including dates) Information designated as directory information may be released unless specifically prohibited by the student in writing. Forms authorizing Cox College to withhold any or all such information are available in the Registration office.
In accordance with this federal law, the institution has adopted policies and procedures governing the confidentiality of student educational records. No individual shall have access to, nor will the institution disclose any information from a student’s educational record without the prior written consent of the student or as otherwise authorized by FERPA. Permitted exceptions under the law include disclosures to college personnel who have a legitimate educational interest; officials of other institutions in which a student seeks enrollment; representatives of agencies or organizations from which a student has received financial aid; and certain federal and state officials. Educational records are maintained in the Registration office, and copies of records are provided to advisors. Official transcripts are maintained in the Registration office and are released upon the student’s prior written request only.
Cox College does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, color, disability, martial status, race, religion, ethnic or national origin. The college is committed to a policy that all qualified persons shall have access to its programs and facilities. Any person having concerns with respect to rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Age Discrimination Act of 1975, or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 should contact the director of student support/section 504 coordinator, by telephone at 417/269-3598; by e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail at:Cox College Attn: Director of Student Support 1423 N. Jefferson Avenue Springfield, MO 65802
Our tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of tobacco products in our hospitals, surrounding facilities and adjacent areas. Effective August 10, 2009 this policy has been expanded to prohibit use of tobacco products by employees/students within 500 feet of the hospital and its facilities. While tobacco use is a personal choice, and employees/students may smoke or use other forms of tobacco while off duty and more than 500 feet from our campus, employees/students may not smoke or use tobacco in any form while wearing their CoxHealth photo ID badge or in CoxHealth-issued uniforms, scrubs, or other clothing provided by CoxHealth whether at work or off duty. You may not smoke in your vehicles while on campus. Employees/students with an offensive smoke odor in their clothing may be asked to change into a set of hospital-issued scrubs or be sent home on their own time to change clothes.
- Warning and notification in student notes in CAMS database
- Referral to Student Services department for possible smoking cessation options
- Disciplinary action
Resources will be provided to employees interested in smoking cessation options. Contact the director of student support at 417/269-3598 for more information.
Safety and Security
The report is available to the general public at the listed internet address:
Drug Free Environment
Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act
In compliance with Title II of Public Law 101-542 of the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, the Security office of CoxHealth collects relevant crime statistics and establishes appropriate security policies. The Security office revises and makes available these statistics annually. In addition, the statistics are published monthly on the campus website. This information is distributed to all enrolled students and employees and is also made available to all prospective students on request. Additional information is provided to students on crime prevention, drug/alcohol abuse education and awareness, and prevention of sex offenses. Additional information related to programs and counseling services is provided through the Academic Resource Center.
Cox North 417-269-3715
Cox South 417-269-6120
In the hospital or college, in an emergency please call 333.
CoxHealth provides 24-hour security for students, employees and visitors. All campus crime should be reported immediately. All campus security personnel are commissioned law enforcement officers and may be accessed from any phone within the college or health system by dialing “0.”
Security will provide an escort, upon request, to and from the parking areas at the college or the health system by calling the numbers provided above. When contacting security for an escort to and from your vehicle, please give a brief description of your vehicle as well as the time and location at which you are requesting the service. Security will also assist with unlocking car doors and jump-starting batteries.
Cox College complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and the Drug-Free Schools policies as outlined by the federal government. The college publishes a report each year that contains three years worth of campus crime statistics and college security policy statements. The report is made available by e-mail and by hard copy to all current students and employees. Incoming students are given copies during orientation activities, and prospective students and employees are notified and given the opportunity to request documentation. A copy of the college’s crime statistics is provided to the U.S. Department of Education yearly.
Please see the policies and statements below:
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the college posts information on its crime statistics.
Pass rates on licensing/registry/certification exams
Dates are for graduating class.
Nursing – NCLEX results:
2008 – 86.79%
2009 – 88.46%
2010 – Spring – 90.48%
Fall – 94.29
2011- Spring – Pending
BSN Entry Level
2008 – 89.06%
2009 – 90.28%
2010 – 95.45%
2011 – Spring – Pending
2008 – 100%
2009 – 100%
2010 – 100%
2011 – Pending
Radiography – JCERT results:
2008 – 100%
2009 – 100%
2010 – 100%
2011 – pending
2011 – pending