Access Equity Policy
Students living with identified disabilities (including physical, sensory, learning, or mental health), may find it necessary to request some adaption to reduce barriers in learning or living situations at College. The Student Development Department includes Access Equity Services, designed to assist you as an effective self-advocate in the pursuit of equity and reasonable access and accommodation. Access Equity also assist the wider CBC community to develop appropriate responses toward issues of ability, disability and access on our campus.
Here are some general, but important, details to keep in mind:
- Access Equity Services must be initiated by self-identification; without it, the College will not implement any accommodation plan. Students who believe their specific circumstances require accommodation will be required to supply appropriate documentation in a timely manner, and to participate fully in the access development process.
- Students are not required to use Access Equity support while at Columbia. Students who live with limitations imposed by disability, but who do not choose College-supported assistance, will be assumed by the College not to be in need of accommodations for equitable access.
- Appropriate (reasonable) accommodations in structures or procedures within Academic, Community Life (Residence or Commuter), Registration, Food Service or other departments will be recommended by AE Services as necessary. Students should be aware that accommodation solutions are developed on an individual basis, and will be designed in keeping with the best interests of the individual student, the College community, and CBC's academic standards.
- It is important to be aware of the differences between the terms "equity" and "equal" as applied at Columbia Bible College. Where the concept "equal" concerns the state of being identical in number, size, amount, position, status or treatment, the concept of "equity" pursues justice, fairness and a reasonable equivalency of treatment or position across differing situations. CBC's Access Equity Services are designed to promote equitable, not equal, circumstances.
If you would like to explore Ability, Disability and Access Equity Services, please contact our Dean of Students, Stan Bahnman.
For Academic Accommodations, please contact the Academic Support Supervisor, Robin Lawrence.
Academic Support Services Application Form.