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.
Disablility Accommodation, Documentation and Process
Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Students with Disabilities
I. Purpose & Scope of Policy
Cox College is committed to providing equal educational access for all of its students by ensuring that students with qualified disabilities receive reasonable accommodations that support effective participation in all aspects of the educational experience. The college complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
II. Accommodation of Disabilities
Students or prospective students with disabilities as defined by applicable law have the right to request reasonable accommodations from the college. Where applicable, the college will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
Reasonable accommodations under this policy may include reasonable modifications to the college’s policies, practices, and procedures where necessary for individuals with disabilities, unless doing so would require a fundamental alteration in the college’s programs or curriculum or pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. Examples of some areas in which reasonable accommodations may be available include, but are not limited to, classroom and/or testing situations, academic support resources, access to facilities, assistive technology, registration, and parking. In setting forth this policy, it is important to note that the college does offer programs with technical standards and functional abilities requirements that are essential functional requirements for the profession. Individuals must be able to meet those technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to participate in the college’s programs. NOTE: The use of an intermediary, including, but not limited to, personal aids, assistants, caregivers, readers, and interpreters, that would require a student to rely on someone else’s power of selection, detection, observation, and communication will not be permitted. For more information on the technical standards necessary for admission and graduation, refer to the Technical Standards and Functional Abilities for Admission and Graduation or contact the Vice President for College Services and Institutional Research or the Director of Student Support.
III. Procedure for Requesting Accommodation
Students bear the responsibility for disclosing a disability and requesting reasonable accommodations. For information regarding disability accommodation and/or reasonable accommodations, please contact:
Director of Student Support
1423 N. Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802
Any individual with disability seeking accommodation should submit the following materials to the Director of Student Support and account for the following:
- Completed Written Application for Accommodation. An application may be obtained from the Academic Resource Center, the Director of Student Support, or the Vice President for College Services and Institutional Research.
- Supporting Documentation. Documentation is an important tool for determining qualification for accommodation, reasonable accommodations, and developing a plan for providing such accommodations. Relevant documentation includes, but is not limited to, the individual’s description of his/her needs in the application; records of past accommodations and services from another educational institution or environment; formal psychological or medical evaluations or testing; letters from health, education, or service providers; school records; and other necessary or appropriate documentation, and as requested by the college. If an individual does not have copies of this information, the individual is welcome to meet with the Director of Student Support or Vice President of College Services and Institutional Research to discuss obtaining supporting documentation. Medical information provided by an individual pursuant to this policy will be kept confidential to the extent possible, except that information may be shared as necessary to implement accommodations.
- Timeframe for Submission. Documentation must be submitted within a reasonable timeframe. To obtain accommodations by the start of an academic period, the individual should submit the materials required by this section to the Director of Student Support at least three (3) weeks before the first day of classes. Such notice allows the individual and the college a reasonable period of time to engage in the process set forth in this policy.
IV. Procedure Following Request for Accommodation; Right to Appeal
Following receipt of all materials outlined in Section III above, the Director of Student Support will review the materials submitted, with the assistance of an outside medical professional (if necessary) and conduct a confidential interview/meeting with the individual within ten (10) business days, if needed. Reasonable accommodations are determined through collaboration of the Director of Student Support, the Vice President of College Services and Institutional Research, the individual, appropriate faculty, individual departments, and outside professionals (as warranted).
The Director of Student Support shall communicate to the individual in writing the decision about whether reasonable accommodation is necessary and can be provided without fundamental alteration of the program and/or without posing a direct threat to the health or safety of others within five (5) business days of the decision.
The individual may appeal the decision, in writing, by submitting a letter to the college president that indicates the desire to appeal, within five (5) business days after notification of the decision. The individual’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 decision and waiver of the individual’s right to appeal.
The President shall, within five (5) business days of receipt of the letter requesting an appeal, call a special meeting of the College Leadership Council to hear the appeal.
The individual shall be given a minimum of ten (10) business days advance notice of the College Leadership Council’s special meeting date. The meeting shall be held within fifteen (15) business days of the request for appeal, unless extension is required due to extraordinary circumstances, determined in the President’s sole discretion. The individual will be informed that the individual 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 or another representative of the college shall present the decision and documentation and other information supporting the decision. The individual shall have the opportunity to present his/her request, documentation, and reasoning. (The Director of Student Support or representative speaking on behalf of the college’s decision shall leave the meeting room during the individual’s presentation.) After the College Leadership Council hears both the college’s representative and the individual’s statements, it shall excuse the all meeting attendees, deliberate, and vote, based on the circumstances and the law. (The Director of Student Support or college representative presenting the college’s decision shall not be permitted to vote on this issue.) The College Leadership Council’s decision shall be binding, and the individual shall have no further right to appeal.
The President shall inform the individual in writing of the College Leadership Council’s decision within three (3) business days of the decision.
When a reasonable accommodation is deemed necessary, the Director of Student Support will develop a plan identifying the student’s condition(s) requiring accommodation, the circumstances under which accommodations are needed, and the reasonable accommodations recommended in the collaborative process described above. Information in the plan will be distributed to those who need to know that information to put any accommodation in place. The Director of Student Support will contact individual faculty members to discuss, as necessary, the recommended accommodations and the process for implementation. If an accommodation is provided, the accommodation applies on a prospective basis. For example, an accommodation provided does not apply to course work completed before the request for and implementation of the accommodation was provided. The Director of Student Support arranges for the accommodation(s). However, it is the student’s responsibility to establish and maintain communication with his/her instructors and the Director of Student Support and to take all necessary steps to complete and perform the accommodation plan.
V. Temporary Accommodations
The disability accommodation process outlined in this policy may take time. As a result, it is important that an individual requesting accommodation provide promptly all materials required by this policy in the timeframes outlined herein.
In some cases, however, the process may not be completed before an accommodation must be implemented. As a result, on a case-by-case basis, and when reasonable, a temporary accommodation may be implemented pending completion of the disability accommodation process under this policy. Such a temporary accommodation is implemented solely based on the need for additional time to complete the disability accommodation process, and shall be in place only until the disability accommodation process is complete. The provision of a temporary accommodation should not be construed in any way as eligibility for accommodation or a determination as to the reasonableness of the accommodation provided. The provision of a temporary accommodation does not in any way alter or eliminate the requirements of this policy or excuse the individual from meeting the requirements of this policy.
VI. Concerns and Complaints
Any individual who has concerns about the accommodations provided or not provided or who wishes to submit a complaint about discrimination or harassment based on disability should contact the Academic Resource Center, Director of Student Support, Vice President of College Services and Institutional Research, the dean of the individual’s department, and/or the President. Any such concern or complaint will be handled under the college’s Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for complaints on the basis of disability, age, sex, color, race or national original, a copy of which is contained in the Student Handbook and Student Catalog and may also be obtained through the Academic Resource Center or any of the individuals listed above.
VII. Publication of Policy
This policy shall be publicized in the Student Handbook and shall be provided to all college faculty and administrators.
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.
Consumer Disclosure Certified Statement by Institution Official
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code 6-61-301.
Transfer of Course/Degree Certified Statement by Institution Official
The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.
Cox College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, color, disability, marital status, race, religion, ethnic or national origin. Any person having concerns with respect to rights; questions about reasonable accommodations; the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities; or needs other information should contact the coordinator of student support /section 504 coordinator by calling 417-269-3598 or by mail at:
Attn: Coordinator 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
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.
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%
2012 – 96.77%
2013 – 100%
BSN Entry Level and BSN Accelerated (combined)
2008 – 89.06%
2009 – 90.28%
2010 – 92.59%
2011 – 90.91%
2012 – 91.23%
2013 – 89.13%
Radiography – JCERT results:
2008 – 100%
2009 – 100%
2010 – 100%
2011 – 89%
2012 – 100%
2013 – 100%