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Students with Disabilities-Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
College of the Ozarks is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities to a qualified student with physical or mental disabilities as intended by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Section 504 states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service.
Agencies that provide Federal financial assistance also have section 504 regulations covering entities that receive Federal aid. Requirements common to these regulations include reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities; program accessibility; effective communication with people who have hearing or vision disabilities; and accessible new construction and alterations.
A disability is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.
Students interested in academic accommodations should contact the Dean of the College Office. Upon submission of the appropriate documentation, the staff in the dean’s office will work with the student to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations. Authorization to communicate accommodations to faculty must be given in writing at the beginning of each semester by the student. If a student is not satisfied with the accommodations being offered, he or she should request a meeting with the Dean of the College to discuss these concerns.
Students are responsible for providing documentation. Documentation must be prepared by a credentialed professional, and the assessment conducted when the student was 16 years of age or older. Assessment information must include:
- A diagnostic statement identifying a disability
- Assessment information: interview, intellectual testing, academic achievement levels, etc.
- Clinical summary indicating substantial limitations to learning or other major life activities
- Description of past accommodations
- Recommendations and rationale for accommodations
Granted accommodations are not effective retroactively. They will not cover academic activities assigned or completed before the student asked for and received accommodations.
Examples of commonly requested accommodations include:
- Preferential seating
- Alternative testing format, location, length of time for quizzes and exams
- Alternative format of textbooks
- Alternative methods of notetaking
- Use of Assistive Technology
The same process applies to requests or accommodation in the student's workstation, and for general accessibility issues. For workstation accommodation, contact the Dean of Work Education. For physical accessibility only, contact the Dean of Students Office.
All students are encouraged take advantage of programs and courses offered to support academic success. The following learning resources are offered:
Computer Science Lab
The Counseling Center
Foreign Language Lab
Lyons Memorial Library
Mathematics Assistance Center
The Writing Center
Cost of Education
It's important to be aware of our rights and responsibilities with regard to the copyright laws. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject you to civil and criminal liabilities. Below are some general guidelines and links to some good copyright websites.
Copyright protects original forms of expression. This may be printed as in a book or it may be a video, work of art, music, or software. All items are protected as soon as they are in tangible form; they do not have to be published, registered or include the copyright symbol to enjoy full protection under the law. A good rule of thumb is to assume that everything is copyrighted. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 gives items copyright protection for the life of the author plus 70 years for individuals or for 95 years in the case of a corporate author.
Rights granted exclusively to a copyright holder are:
- reproduction of all or part of a work,
- distribution of copies,
- preparation of derivative works,
- performance and display of works.
Under the “Fair Use” exemption, educators are permitted to make limited use of copyrighted works for teaching, scholarship, or research. When deciding whether a use is a fair use, consider the following factors:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes
- the nature of the copyrighted work
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the work
Multiple copying for classroom use has some specific guidelines. The number of copies cannot exceed the number of students in the class and copies must include the copyright notice present in the original. Use of these materials must also meet tests of brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect. Brevity sets limits on the amount of material that can be used. Generally, a maximum of 10% is allowed. Spontaneity means that the decision to use the material and the time it is needed are so close together that it is unreasonable to expect a timely reply when asking for permission. If there is time, write the copyright owner for permission. Cumulative effect limits an instructor to no more than 9 instances of multiple copying in a term. Copies cannot be used as substitutes for anthologies or be substituted for purchase. If students are charged for copies, they can only be charged for the actual cost of copying.
Forms of media other than books and journals are subject to the same restrictions. Users must consider the factors determining fair use and must follow the brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect guidelines. This includes video, audio, and Internet materials.
For further information, visit these websites:
U.S Copyright Office
Federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
Copyright Clearance Center
Crash Course in Copyright
Copyright Designated Agent
The Designated Agent to respond to reports alleging copyright infringements on any College of the Ozarks web site, in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is:
Dr. Weston T. Wiebe
College of the Ozarks
P. O. Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing (either electronic mail or paper letter) and must include the following:
- a physical or electronic signature,
- identification of the infringed work,
- identification of the infringed material,
- contact information for the complainant, e.g. address, telephone number, electronic mail address,
- a statement that the complainant has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner or the law, and
- a statement that the information contained in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complainant is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
College of the Ozarks®, The School of the Ozarks®, and Hard Work U® are trademarks of College of the Ozarks. All rights reserved. These and other graphics and logos created by the college may not be used without prior written consent from College of the Ozarks.
EADA- Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
College of the Ozarks is required by the United States Department of Education to collect information and provide to Congress a report on financial and statistical information on men’s and women’s collegiate sports. You can link to the annual report, The Report on Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data here.
The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act is designed to make current and prospective students aware of the school’s commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. The Department of Education has provided a web site http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/. This site provides data from thousands of colleges and universities, including College of the Ozarks, in a convenient searchable form.
Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy
The College of the Ozarks complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.
Statement of Zero Tolerance Policy
In order to promote its fundamental mission, a student at the College agrees to follow the College’s Zero Tolerance Policy which prohibits the illegal sale, use, purchase, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of drugs, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia and prohibits the sale, use, purchase, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of alcohol by any student, regardless of age. These prohibitions apply to actions both on and off College property or at any College sanctioned event.
Violation of the Zero Tolerance Policy will be considered a major violation of Disciplinary Procedures which may lead to dismissal. The display of any advertising for illegal drugs, illegal controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages, including containers, is not allowed at the College. This includes, but is not limited to clothing, signs, lamps, posters, and vehicles on campus.
Local, state and federal laws prohibit the illegal sale, use, purchase, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of drugs, controlled substances, or alcohol. Criminal penalties for violating these laws range from fines to imprisonment for terms up to and including life in prison. In addition to any punishment imposed by the College, any student suspected of violating any federal, state, or local law proscribing the sale, use, purchase, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of drugs, controlled substances, or alcohol will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
The College’s campus is located in a state where the sale, use, purchase, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of cannabis (marijuana) has been decriminalized by state law when used for medical purposes with a valid physician’s certification. However, cannabis remains a controlled substance whose sale, use, purchase, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation is prohibited by and illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Therefore, students at the College remain subject to Disciplinary Procedures under the Zero Tolerance Policy for the sale, use, purchase, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of cannabis, even with a physician’s certification.
Drug Testing Policy
The College reserves the right to require a drug test from a student or employee where there is a reasonable suspicion that the College’s drug free policy has been violated. Failure to submit to a drug test is a major violation of the disciplinary rules and will result in suspension or expulsion.
Legal Sanctions for Use, Possession, or Distribution of Illicit or Illegal Drugs and Alcohol
Missouri laws prohibit persons under 21 years of age from purchasing, attempting to purchase, or possessing alcoholic beverages (RSMo. 311.325). Anyone who sells or gives any alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age violates RSM. 311.310. It is unlawful to obtain or attempt to obtain alcoholic beverages by using a fake or fraudulent identification (RSM. 311.328(3). Anyone convicted of using fraudulent identification for purposes of purchasing or in anyway receiving intoxicating liquor is in violation of RSM. 311.320. Penalties for these violations include fines of up to $1,000 and one year imprisonment. Conviction of any offenses involving the possession or use of a controlled substance; the alteration, modification, or misrepresentation of a license to operate a motor vehicle; or the possession or use of any alcohol while operating a motor vehicle will require the surrender of a driver’s license for a minimum 90 days to a maximum of one year.
Local, state, and federal laws provide specific penalties for drug and narcotic offenses. Chapter 195.211 of the Missouri Revised statutes makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, or deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver those drugs designated collectively as controlled substances. The punishment includes a term of imprisonment as well as a substantial fine.
Federal law makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute, create, or dispense or to possess with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances. Title 21 of United States Code (http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/21/841.html) provides terms of imprisonment and fines for violations of this Act. The nature of the offense and whether the person has committed any previous unlawful acts under the statute will determine the term of imprisonment as well as the amount of any fine.
Health risks associated with the Use of Illicit or Illegal Drugs or Alcohol
Medical studies indicate that users of illicit or illegal drugs or alcohol can suffer from a wide range of medical and psychological problems. Those problems can be as mild as depression or as severe as permanent brain damage, or death. At the very least, use of these substances can impair one’s ability to learn and function in society. This promotes poor application to academics as shown by poor study habits, lack of concentration, and loss of self esteem. Additional information on the health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illicit or illegal drugs is available through the campus clinic, the Dean of Student’s Office or online through the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention (http://www.edc.org).
Resources Available To Students Regarding Alcohol and Illicit or Illegal Drugs
The College’s Zero Tolerance Policy is discussed with applicants at the time they are interviewed for admission. After admission the Policy and the effects of alcohol and drugs are discussed at Character Camp and in various forums and convocations. As required under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 https://www.congress.gov/bill/101st-congress/house-bill/3614 this policy is distributed annually to students and employees of the college. Students or employees may seek counseling related to alcohol and drugs through the campus Counseling Center. Upon request confidential referrals to outside counselors can also be made.
Nursing Program Outcome Data
| ||Five-Fold Mission Outcomes ||2019-2020* |
|Continuing Education ||Graduates enrolled in Graduate Schools upon graduation. ||7% |
|Christian Outcomes ||Graduates identify as Christian upon graduation. ||96% |
|Cultural Outcomes ||Graduates demonstrate an appreciate the fine arts upon graduation. ||N/A |
|Patriotic Outcomes ||Graduates engage in civil actives upon graduation. ||81% |
|Vocational Outcomes ||Graduates successfully are placed in the marketplace upon graduation. ||91% |
| ||* Covid-19 pandemic spring semester || |
| || |
|Cohort year 2013 (includes all first-time degree-seeking undergraduate students) |
Overall Six-Year Graduation Rate
|Graduation rate ||71% |
| || |
|Transfer Rate || |
|Transfer out rate ||17% |
| || |
|Six-Year Graduation Rates by Gender || |
|Men ||66% |
|Women ||77% |
|Six-Year Graduation Rates by Race/ethnicity (One or more lines are 0% because of insufficient number of students.) |
|Nonresident alien ||100% |
|Hispanic/Latino ||14% |
|American Indian or Alaska Native ||50% |
|Asian ||100% |
|Black or African American ||100% |
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander ||0% |
|White ||72% |
|Two or more races ||80% |
|Race and ethnicity unknown ||100% |
| || |
|Student Right-to-Know Calculations || |
|4 yr average Right-to-Know graduation rate ||70% |
|4 yr average Right-to-Know transfer out rate ||21% |
The College is dedicated to the retention of students through graduation. The Retention, Persistence, Completion Group is charged with compiling retention information; however retention is the job of everyone on campus. Faculty and staff actively discuss retention, work to develop strategies to improve retention, and assess retention activities.
One of the ways the College assesses retention is the percentage of first-time, full-time students who begin in the fall semester who continue enrollment to the fall semester of the following year. The First Year to Second Year Retention Rate history is presented in the graph below.
Each school must provide a report annually to the state and to the general public. The state must submit to the U.S. Department of Education, and make available to the public, an annual report containing school and state-level information. The Department makes the state reports available to the public at this link: https://title2.ed.gov/public/home.aspx
College of the Ozarks - Teach Education Program - Teach Certification
|Graduating Year ||State Licensure Pass Rate |
|2018 ||100% |
|2017 ||100% |
|2016 ||100% |
|2015 ||100% |
|2014 ||100% |
Consumer Information on College Navigator Website
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Transfer Credit Policy
Student Body Diversity
Fall 2018 student body diversity information for full-time students.
Federal Pell Grant Recipients: 62%
Nonresident Alien: 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native: Less than 1%
Black or African American: 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: Less than 1%
Two or More Races: 2%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown: 3%
Student Grievance and Due Process
The College of the Ozarks is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for the campus community. The College values an engaged environment where students are able to contribute to their overall educational experience by discussing concerns in a professional manner. Students are welcome to engage the appropriate College officials as necessary to resolve student complaints. The College will address these student complaints in a timely and appropriate manner. Students may resolve complaints on an informal level or submit a written grievance.
Informal Resolution Procedure
Students are encouraged to discuss concerns with the appropriate faculty or staff member to resolve matters informally. Informal resolutions are initiated by the student with the person(s) involved and/or the direct supervisor of the person(s) involved. Students who are not satisfied with the informal resolution procedure may submit a formal written grievance.
Office of the Academic Dean
Dean of Students Office
Work Education Program Issues
Work Education Programs Office
Written Grievance Procedure
Formal grievance concerns must be in writing and include all the appropriate documentation needed to review the complaint. Written student grievance complaints should be submitted to the Dean of Students. Grievance complaints will be reviewed and the student will be contacted within ten (10) business days to verify receipt of the written complaint. Additional information may be requested by the College official at this time in order to ensure the necessary information is obtained to review the complaint.
The formal grievance process may include a meeting to discuss the student’s concern. A final determination regarding the student’s grievance will be addressed within thirty (30) days of the submitted receipt of the formal complaint. The College may provide a written notification of the determination. The decision made by the Dean of Students or designee is final and not subject to further appeal.
The grievance policy does not apply to complaints that are addressed by other College policies such as:
Students who wish to report sexual misconduct, discrimination, and/or harassment of any kind should file a complaint with the Dean of Students. Please refer to the Title IX Policy and Procedures of the Student Handbook.
Accommodation requests involving academics, work station, and/or physical accessibility are outlined under the Students with Disabilities section of the Student Handbook.
MDHE Complaint Resolution
The state agency under which College of the Ozarks is authorized to operate is the Missouri Department of Higher Education, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The MDHE Complaint Resolution Process is found online for your review.
Voter Registration/Constitution Day
At College of the Ozarks, our patriotic goal is to encourage an understanding of American Heritage, civic responsibility, love of country, and willingness to defend it. To that end, we encourage students to vote as a civic responsibility. If you are not registered to vote or have questions regarding the process, please call Patriotic Activities at 417-690-2232. You may also register at any of the following locations on campus:
- Patriotic Activities Office, McDonald Administration Building
- Pearl Dinning Hall (during student voter registration drive)
Additional information can be found through the following websites:
Additionally, the College observes Constitution Day each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
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