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Disability Services

Contact Information

Disability Services
800-456-8675, ext. 1303

Dowagiac campus
David C. Briegel Building, Room 1104
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047

Email: disabilityservices@swmich.edu

Access for Deaf, Hearing Impaired or Speech Impaired

  • Michigan Relay Services
    Phone: 800-649-3777
  • Indiana Relay Services
    Phone: 800-743-3333

Please Note: You can dial 711 for the local relay service for any state.

Disability Services, located in the Academic Advising and Resource Center, provides resources, education and direct support services and accommodations to ensure that students with disabilities achieve equal access to all aspects of SMC.

To request assistance, you must contact Disability Services for an intake interview to discuss strategies and accommodations for disability-related barriers. Virtual appointments are available. To request an appointment, please complete the Accommodation Request Form and email it with your documentation to disabilityservices@swmich.edu. If you do not currently have documentation, you may instead use the Clinician Documentation Form to request documentation from your health care provider.

Prior to the appointment, please review the Disability Services Policies and Procedures Guide. This guide outlines the processes and requirements for receiving accommodations.

Grievances

Anytime a student is not receiving accommodations as outlined in his or her accommodation memo, the student must immediately contact Disability Services. If the student is unsatisfied with the outcome of the determination or feels that he or she has experienced discrimination in any college activities or educational programs, the student may file a grievance through SMC’s grievance procedure. Grievances must be filed within 30 days of the alleged occurrence.

Should the student feel that SMC has not acted appropriately in their determination, the student has the right to contact the Regional U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325, Cleveland, OH 44114, by email at OCR.Cleveland@ed.gov or phone (216) 552-4970.

The U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. Southwestern Michigan College is required to provide appropriate academic accommodations as necessary to ensure that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability and provide equal access to educational opportunities. Students with disabilities must meet the same academic and behavioral standards as non-disabled students.