Disability Services

Midland College is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals. MC helps students with documented disabilities achieve these goals through services including advising, accommodations, and referrals at all locations.

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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination of any program or activity provided by an institution or entity receiving federal financial assistance. It is this Section 504 mandate that has promoted the development of disability support service programs in colleges and universities across the country. Sub-part E of Section 504 deals specifically with this mandate for institutions of higher education.

While it does not require development of special educational programming, for students with disabilities, it does require that an institution (public or private) be prepared to make appropriate academic adjustments and reasonable accommodations to allow the full participation of students with disabilities in the same programs and activities available to non-disabled students. Disabilities may include things such as physical/mobility problems such as paralysis or academic problems like learning disabilities. Some examples of accommodations are extra time for tests, testing in a quiet location, and providing architectural access to buildings.

Accommodations Applications Process

  1. Complete the Disabilities Accommodation Application:

    Disability Accommodation Application (pdf)


  2. Provide supporting documentation for your application.
    Usually, this is an evaluation by a qualified professional, such as a medical doctor, diagnostician and/or psychologist. We highly recommended that the evaluation is no more than five years old.  It should show current functioning of the student.

  3. Submit completed application and supporting documentation, one month before classes begin, for review:  sgrinnan@midland.edu or return to room 239 in the Scharbauer Student Center.

  4. After the counselor reviews your requests and you are enrolled in classes, you will be contacted to discuss disabilities and accommodations for the upcoming semester. Meetings may occur face to face, via phone, or through email. 

  5. Information is shared with instructors as necessary and appropriate.

Note: Accommodations must be requested each semester.

The goal of Midland College is to help students achieve their educational goals.  Students have certain rights and responsibilities, Student Rights & Responsibilities section of the Midland College catalog.

If a student believes an action or decision made by an instructor or staff violates their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, they may initiate a grievance procedure. The first step should be to address the problem with the instructor or staff person. Next, Disability staff can be consulted to help resolve the issue. If not satisfied, the student should contact the Title IX Coordinator on how to file a grievance. Midland College has designated the following individual as the Title IX Coordinator: Tana Baker, Scharbauer Student Center Room 242, (432) 685-4781, tbaker@midland.edu or you can file a grievance online

If concerns are not resolved at this level, the Dean Enrollment Management can provide directions for the Student Due Process Appeal Procedure.

Labs & Resources

Tutoring Services

  • Midland College offers tutoring services to MC students
  • Tutoring services are available to all students online and also through various academic departments

Procedures Regarding Animals on Campus

Midland College is committed to compliance with state and federal laws regarding individuals with disabilities. All questions regarding service animals and assistance animals should be directed to the Student Disability Services (SDS) office in the Scharbauer Student Center Room 239 or via phone (432) 685-4505. Animals are allowed in areas of the College in accordance with the procedures stated below.

Individual with a Disability

Is a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Service Animal

Is a dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability that the person with a disability cannot otherwise perform. In some very limited cases, a miniature horse may qualify as a service animal. 

Assistance Animal

Is an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.

Any animal brought to the campus must be under the control of the individual bringing the animal to the campus. No animal shall present any hazards to persons or property.

An animal brought to campus must be secured and confined in a vehicle, cage, or similar restrictive conveyance or be secured to a leash, cord, chain, or similar method of direct physical control by the individual bringing the animal to the campus. If physical means of control interferes with a Service Animal’s work or if the individual’s disability prevents using physical means of control, then the individual must use voice, signal, or other effective means of control. Physical constraint of Service and Assistance Animals is not required within an individual with disability’s personal residence in campus housing unless the resident is not present in the room.

Animals brought to campus must have current licenses and vaccinations in accordance with applicable laws.

Any person who brings an animal to the campus is responsible for the animal’s behavior.

Where inadequate ventilation or harmful temperature exists to an animal confined in a vehicle, the College may take reasonable efforts to remove the animal where there appears to be a substantial risk of danger to the animal. Any associated repairs or damages to the vehicle is the responsibility of the person who placed the animal in the vehicle.

Where the safety of others, destruction of property, or disturbance is caused by an animal, the College has the right to remove the animal. All costs associated with removal of any animal and any related costs for cleaning, repairs, and/or pest control will be the responsibility of the person who brought the animal to the campus.

Trees or other fixtures may not be used to secure animals. Animals may not be left unattended. However, Service and Assistance Animals may be left unattended within an individual with disability’s on-campus residence provided the animal is appropriately contained during the individual with disability’s absence.

Animals other than Service Animals and Assistance Animals are generally not permitted to be in buildings on campus. Service and assistance animals are permitted to be in buildings in accordance with the procedures provided below.

Animal feces, any solid animal waste, and/or bedding material (collectively, “Animal Waste”) must be disposed of properly. It is the responsibility of the individual who brought the animal to the campus to remove Animal Waste from all locations at the College, including Campus Housing and adjacent landscaping, dispose of it in a plastic bag, and then place that bag in the garbage dumpsters which are at various locations at the College. Cleanup must occur IMMEDIATELY. Animal Waste may not be disposed of in a trash receptacle or through the sewer system inside any building at the College. Animal Waste that is in Campus Housing or adjacent landscaped areas MUST be taken to an apartment or residence hall dumpster for disposal.

Service Animals are allowed to be present in buildings on campus which are open to the public. Service Animals in public areas may be denied access if:

  • The Service Animal is out of control and the individual with a disability does not take effective action to control it;
  • The Service Animal is not housebroken; or
  • The Service Animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices and procedures.

Although employees and students are not required to submit an accommodation request to bring a Service Animal into buildings on campus which are not Campus Housing buildings, such individuals are encouraged to seek advice on services provided to individuals with disabilities by contacting the Student Disability Service Counselor in the Scharbauer Student Center office 239 or visiting MC's Disability Services web page.

A Service Animal may be allowed to assist a person with a disability who resides in housing provided by Midland College (“Campus Housing”). To facilitate the presence of Service Animals in Campus Housing and to manage potential health and safety risks by animals in such areas, the following procedures shall be followed:

  1. The individual requesting a Service Animal accommodation in Campus Housing will either need to meet with the Student Disability Service Counselor in the Scharbauer Student Center office 239 or visit MC's Disability Services web page.
  2. The requesting individual should submit properly completed documents to the Student Disability Service Counselor for review not later than 30 business days (as defined by College policy) prior to the desired move-in date.
  3. The Student Disability Service Counselor will notify the Student Life Director when Service Animals will be present in Campus Housing.
  4. The Student Disability Service Counselor will send the requesting individual written notification for both approved and denied requests.
  5. A denied request may be appealed by contacting the 504 Coordinator located in the Scharbauer Student Center.

Access by Service Animals in Campus Housing may be denied for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The presence of the Service Animal would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation*; or
  • The presence of the Service Animal would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation.

*For the health and safety of residents, Campus Housing is never required to accept snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents, sugar gliders, or spiders since these animals cannot meet vaccination requirements to be certified disease-free. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that assistance animals should be limited to those that cannot possibly transmit Zoonotic disease. Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases that can be naturally transmitted from animals to humans.

Animals that constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of staff, residents, or property, or a threat exists that the animal would cause substantial physical damage to property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminate by another reasonable accommodation, as reasonably determined by the Director of Student Life or his/her designee, must be removed within seven (7) days of written notification. If MCPD determines that the animal poses an immediate threat, animal control may be summoned. Students may appeal as outlined in the catalog and student handbook under Student Rights and Responsibilities – Disciplinary Appeals Committee.

An Assistance Animal may be allowed to assist a person with a disability who resides in Campus Housing. Only one Assistance Animal per resident is allowed. To facilitate the presence of Assistance Animals in Campus Housing and to manage potential health and safety risks by animals in such areas, the following procedures shall be followed:

  1. The individual requesting an Assistance Animal accommodation in Campus Housing will either need to meet with the Student Disability Service Counselor in the Scharbauer Student Center office 239 or visit the MC's Disability Services web page.
  2. The requesting individual should submit properly completed documents to the Student Disability Service Counselor for review not later than 30 business days (as defined by College policy) prior to the desired move-in date.
  3.  Documentation criteria for Assistance Animal in Campus Housing.


    Where (1) a requestor’s disability is not readily apparent or known by the College or (2) the requestor’s disability is readily apparent or known but the disability related need for an Assistance Animal is not documentation of a significant mental health disability and the associated known need for an Assistance Animal must be provided by a licensed clinical healthcare provider who has an established provider-patient relationship with the requestor, knows and understands the difficulties to be mitigated by the Assistance Animal, and can explain how the presence of the animal may help to alleviate the requestor’s symptomology.

  4. The Student Disability Service Counselor will notify the Student Life Director when Assistance Animals will be present in Campus Housing.
  5. The Student Disability Service Counselor will send the requesting individual written notification for both approved and denied requests.
  6. A denied request may be appealed by contacting the 504 coordinator in the Scharbauer Student Center.

Access by Assistance Animals in Campus Housing may be denied for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The presence of the Assistance Animal would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation; or
  • The presence of the Assistance Animal would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation.

After an initial accommodation is extended, an Assistance Animal which constitutes a direct threat to the health or safety of staff, residents, or property, as determined by the Director of Student Life or his/her designees must be removed within seven (7) days of written notification. IF MCPD determines that the animal poses an immediate threat, animal control may be summoned to remove the animal. Disciplinary appeal committee procedures are outlined in the Catalog and Student Handbook under Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Health, sanitary, safety, and non-disruptive standards must be maintained as follows:

  • Animals require daily food and attention, as well as a daily assessment of their general health, behavior and overall welfare.
  • Animals cannot be left unattended overnight at any time. If the resident must be away, they must either take the animal with them, or make arrangements for them to be cared for elsewhere.
  • The resident is responsible for instructing others on the appropriate interactions with the animal and setting clear expectations.
  • Animal accidents within the residence hall room or apartment must be promptly cleaned up using appropriate cleaning products.
  • Regular and routine cleaning of floors, kennels, and cages must occur. The odor of an animal emanating from the residence hall room or apartment is not acceptable. (see Cleaning and Damages section below)
  • Any flea or pest infestation must be attended to promptly by a professional extermination company at the resident’s expense. Residents are expected to promptly notify Student Housing and arrange for extermination when a flea or pest problem is noted. Residents may take some precautionary measures such as: flea and pest medications prescribed by veterinarians, flea and tick collars, taking the animal to the veterinarian for flea and tick baths. Because not all of the precautions listed here can prevent flea and tick infestations, the resident is responsible for extermination costs for flea/tick infestations after vacating the apartment or residence hall room.
  • All care, food, and emergency response for the animal must be provided by the resident or the designated Alternate Caregiver
  • Animals must not be allowed to disrupt others (e.g., barking continuously, growling, yowling, howling, etc.)
  • The resident will take all reasonable actions to prevent its animal from injuring College staff and other residents, as well as the property of the College and of the other residents; including kenneling/restraining the animal while the resident is absent.
  • The resident will notify Student Housing and the Disability Service Counselor in writing if the service/assistance animal is no longer needed as an accommodation or if the animal has escaped its confines and is unable to be located within twelve (12) hours.
  • File a new request if the owner wishes to bring in a new/different service/assistance animal in substitution of the previous animal.

Violations concerning any of the above standards may result in the resident having to find alternative housing off-campus for the animal, and, as warranted, may also result in a resident being in breach of their housing contract. If an animal is excluded from Campus Housing, the resident may continue to reside in Campus Housing without having the Service Animal or the Assistance Animal on the premises provided that the resident is otherwise in compliance with applicable rules governing a resident’s duties and responsibilities.

Cleaning and Damages

  • When the resident moves out of his/her apartment or residence hall room, or no longer owns the animal, the apartment or residence hall room will be assessed to determine if damage to department property can be attributed to the animal. Student Housing and Student Life maintains the right to conduct apartment or residence hall room inspections for the purpose of assessing damage caused by the animal or otherwise determine the resident’s compliance with this procedure.
  • The resident has an obligation to make sure that the apartment or residence hall room is as clean as the original condition prior to the presence of the animal, reasonable wear and tear excepted.
  • If the apartment or room has carpeting, this also includes regular vacuuming and spot cleaning. Damages and extraordinary cleaning caused by the animal, reasonable wear and tear excepted, are the responsibility of the resident.
  • Replacement or repair of damaged items will be the financial responsibility of the resident.

Individuals who have allergic reactions to animals that are substantial enough to qualify as a disability need to follow procedures to document a medical/physical disability and request specific accommodations related to such disability related needs through the Student Disability Counselor in the Scharbauer Student Center or via phone at (432) 685-4505. Midland College will consider the needs of impacted disabled individuals and will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the needs of impacted disabled individuals.

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