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The Division of Student Affairs, guided by the mission and values of Mercy College, provides supportive and educational programs, services, and resources that enhance the individual student experience.
In keeping with our mission, our goals are to:
- Empower students to serve and lead
- Encourage students to achieve personal and academic success
- Inspire students to grow in mind, body, and spirit
Policy approved by Mercy College Board of Trustees, June 2022
To commit to the practice of nondiscrimination on the bases of race, color, national and ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, marital status, military status, religion, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, and any other legally-protected class in employment, admissions and other educational programs, services and activities, in accord with applicable federal and state law at Mercy College of Ohio (“the College”).
This policy applies to all College employees, students, applicants for employment or admission, as well as certain third parties conducting business on behalf of the College or otherwise visiting the College.
This policy applies to conduct that occurs on campus or other College property; in connection with College programs or activities, whether on or off-campus, including academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic and other programs and activities; impedes equal access to any College educational program or activity or adversely impacts the education or employment of a member of the College community, regardless of where the conduct occurred; or otherwise threatens the health or safety of a member of the University community.
Discrimination occurs when persons are excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, a College program or activity because they are a member of a legally-protected class. Discrimination can involve subjecting someone to unwelcome conduct that creates a hostile environment (i.e., harassment). To reflect its commitment to nondiscrimination, the College has adopted the following nondiscrimination statement.
Mercy College of Ohio is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the bases of race, color, national and ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, marital status, military status, religion, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, and any other legally-protected class in employment, admissions and other educational programs, services and activities, in accord with applicable federal and state law.
The College will promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations of discrimination. If an individual is found to have violated the College’s nondiscrimination statement, the College will take appropriate action to stop discrimination and/or harassment, prevent recurrence of the discrimination and/or harassment and take steps to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate. Individuals found responsible for discrimination and/or harassment in violation of this policy will face disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or termination. Any member of the College community who is a witness to or victim of discrimination and/or harassment should immediately notify the Director of Compliance and Risk Management or another member of the College’s administration. Any College employee who receives notice of a complaint of discrimination or harassment must immediately convey the same to the Director of Compliance and Risk Management. The College prohibits retaliation based upon exercising rights protected under this policy, including reporting of violations and/or participating in a process pursuant to this policy.
Complaints of Discrimination:
Any person may file a complaint alleging discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy’s nondiscrimination statement and scope. Complaints may allege discrimination or harassment carried out by employees, students, or third parties. Complaints should be directed to:
Director of Compliance and Risk Management
Complaints of Sexual Harassment (which includes Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment, Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking) will be processed pursuant to the procedures contained in Policy 522 Sexual Harassment.
Complaints of disability discrimination, including disability harassment, will be processed pursuant to the procedures below, which constitute the College’s Section 504 grievance procedures. Complaints of all other forms of discrimination and harassment will also be processed pursuant to the procedures set forth below.
Related Policies and Procedures:
Conduct that is of a discriminatory or harassing nature may also implicate other College policies. The following policies and procedures may be relevant to complaints of discrimination and harassment
- Accessibility/ADA/504 Policy
- Hazing Policy
- Student Code of Conduct
Questions about the Accessibility/ADA/504 Policy should be directed to the Section 504 Coordinator:
Director of Accessibility and Testing Services
Questions about the Hazing Policy or Student Code of Conduct should be directed to:
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Outside Options for Resolution of Complaints:
Complaints of discrimination may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education at the following address:
Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325
Cleveland, OH 44115-1812
Telephone (216) 522-4970
FAX: 216-522-2573; TDD: 800-877-8339
Student Code of Conduct
The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct at Mercy College of Ohio is to provide an environment conducive to student learning guided by the Values of the College on the Toledo campus and at the Youngstown location as well as the online environment. The Values are as follows:
- Human Dignity
- Sacredness of Life
Student learning takes place in the following formats:
- Classroom (face-to-face)
- Online (Distance Education)
- Hybrid (Combination of face-to-face and online)
- Laboratories (Assessment labs, skills labs, science labs, etc.)
- Clinical Settings
- Student Activities (both on and off-campus)
Students who are admitted to and participate in the learning environment at Mercy College of Ohio must conduct themselves with the highest level of professional and ethical behavior regardless of the setting.
Professional and Ethical Conduct means that students will demonstrate the following:
- Respect for others
- Compliance with college policies and procedures
- Safe care for all clients and/or patients
- Willingness to seek assistance as needed for learning and/or care of clients/patients.
In cases where students engage in questionable or inappropriate conduct, the student(s) is/are subject to disciplinary action. Examples of inappropriate conduct include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Criminal violation of local, state, and/or federal laws, including copyright laws.
- Violation of college policies and procedures as outlined in the college catalog and program handbooks.
- Knowingly furnishing false academic or personal information to college faculty, staff, or administration; forgery; or tampering with college documents, records, and identification cards with the intent to deceive or commit fraud.
- Misuse of fire safety equipment, including sending a false fire alarm and/or tampering with fire extinguishers or other safety equipment; tampering with plumbing and lighting fixtures outside of normal use; and inappropriate usage of library materials and/or any other private property on the campus.
- Actual or attempted violation of the computer use policy, computer security, and/or tampering with computer software equipment.
- Possession or use of unauthorized weapons (such as firearms, knives, bows and arrows, and martial arts weaponry), explosives (including fireworks), and dangerous chemicals.
- Use, possession, or distribution of illegal and controlled substances (such as marijuana and cocaine), and violation of state laws and college policies governing the use, possession, and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
- Involvement in acts of disorderly conduct, which includes, but is not limited to: (i) any conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the education process, College operations, and/or related activities; and (ii) any conduct which aids, abets, or procures another person to materially and substantially disrupt the education process, College operations, and/or related activities.
- Unprofessional behavior in the classroom, online environment, clinical settings or on- or off-campus activities.
- Violation of the Hazing Policy, or other serious forms of physical or mental harassment, abuse, threats, or intimidation, racial harassment, or action, which intentionally subjects another person to public ridicule.
- Unauthorized entry to college facilities and/or possession of keys or duplicate keys.
- Gambling on any supervised properties of the college.
- Disruption of the learning environment.
- Conduct that threatens or endangers the health and/or safety of the college community.
- Bullying or cyber bullying.
- Violation of the Tobacco/Smoking Policy.
- Breach of client/patient confidentiality.
- Unsafe clinical practices.
- Failure to comply with directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties.
- Failure to cooperate in the Student Discipline Procedure outlined below.
The College reserves the right to address other inappropriate behavior by students if it does not clearly fall within the identified standards of conduct above.
Policy approved by Mercy College Board of Trustees, June 2022
To provide for equal access, Mercy College of Ohio (the "College") is committed to providing individuals with disabilities access to its programs, services and activities. Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, the College prohibits discrimination and harassment against any qualified individual with a disability.
All College representatives, including faculty, staff, and students are responsible for the implementation of this policy and adherence to the principles of equal access.
It is the policy of Mercy College of Ohio (the “College”) that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program, service or activity offered by the College. Specifically, the College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in its admission, recruitment, academics, research, financial aid, counseling, employment assistance, and/or any other service, facility, or privilege available to students or prospective students. Further, the College does not screen out, exclude, expel, limit, or otherwise discriminate against an individual seeking admission as a student, or an individual enrolled as a student, based on disability. As such, individuals with disabilities have a right to request reasonable accommodations.
Disability: The United States’ Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “disability” as “having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.” In addition, the ADA protects individuals from discrimination if they have a record of such impairments or if they are regarded as having such impairments. Additional protections are provided through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Reasonable Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations include modifications to policy, procedure, or practice and the provision of auxiliary aids and services that are designed to provide equal access to programs and services for qualified individuals with disabilities. Accommodations are reasonable when they do not pose a direct threat to health, safety, or quality of care; when they do not fundamentally alter the nature of a program or service; and when they do not represent an undue financial or administrative burden.
Requests for Reasonable Accommodation:
Employees: Requests for reasonable accommodation are governed by the Mercy Health Accommodations Policy (HRMH081). Employees must direct requests for reasonable accommodation to the Mercy Health Human Resources Department.
Students: Requests for reasonable accommodation are handled by the Office of Accessibility pursuant to Procedure 501 set forth below.
Academic Honesty and Integrity
Reasonable accommodations provided to students may relate to the administration of testing, examinations, or other coursework. Students provided with such accommodations must continue to adhere to the College’s academic honesty & integrity policy and to the College’s Student Code of Conduct. Failure to adhere to the academic honesty & integrity policy and the standards of conduct may result in corrective action.
Section 504 Coordinator:
The College has designated the following individual as its Section 504 Coordinator. The Section 504 Coordinator has responsibility for coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with the requirements of Section 504 and its implementing regulations.
Director of Accessibility and Testing Services
2221 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
Any person may file a grievance alleging discrimination or harassment on the basis of disability by filing a complaint pursuant to the Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Policy. The grievance process applies to all individuals regardless of whether the individual has requested accommodations. Grievances may allege disability discrimination, including disability harassment, carried out by employees, students, or third parties.
A copy of the Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Policy and its related procedures is available online at https://mercycollege.edu/documents/civil-rights-nondiscrimination-policy.
The following procedures govern the reasonable accommodation process for students with a qualifying disability. Students who are pregnant and seeking an academic adjustment to their academic program or a leave of absence should refer to the College’s Pregnant Student Policy.
Students must provide appropriate documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services for the College to fully determine eligibility for services and evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids.
Students should be aware that accommodations granted by the College in no way guarantee that the same accommodations will be granted at other institutions, testing centers, or licensing agencies. Students are solely responsible for pursuing accommodations at other institutions, testing centers, or licensing agencies. The Office of Accessibility Services may assist in the process at the student’s request.
Initiating Consideration for Accommodation
Students who are seeking assistance from the Office of Accessibility are responsible for:
- Contacting the Office of Accessibility. Students bear the responsibility for disclosure of a disability and the request for services. Such disclosure and request for services must be done by the student directly unless the nature of the student’s disability precludes direct contact.
- Providing complete, adequate, and current documentation from an appropriately qualified professional regarding the disability and the need for accommodations (see Essential Elements of Disability Documentation below.) Students are responsible for costs associated with obtaining the appropriate documentation.
- Notifying the College of accommodation requests prior to the beginning of the semester for which the accommodation is sought. While accommodation requests can be made and will be considered at any time, the documentation and approval process takes time. Please note that granted accommodations are not effective retroactively, and a student will not be able to retake exams or redo assignments that were completed before an accommodation was approved.
Essential Elements of Disability Documentation
- The credentials of the evaluator(s). Documentation should be provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. A good match between the credentials of the individual making the diagnosis and the condition being reported is expected (e.g., an orthopedic limitation might be documented by a physician, but not a licensed psychologist).
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability. Documentation should include a clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, provide information on the functional impact, and detail the typical progression or prognosis of the condition. When appropriate, documentation should include diagnostic codes from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM) or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
- A description of the diagnostic methodology used. As appropriate, documentation should include a description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results. Where appropriate to the nature of the disability, having both summary data and specific test scores (with the norming population identified) within the report is recommended. Diagnostic methods that are congruent with the particular disability and current professional practices in the field are recommended.
- A description of the current functional limitations. Information on how the disabling condition(s) currently impacts the individual provides useful information for both verifying a disability and identifying possible accommodations. Documentation should be thorough enough to demonstrate whether and how a major life activity is substantially limited by providing a clear sense of the severity, frequency, and pervasiveness of the condition(s). A combination of the results of formal evaluation procedures, clinical narrative, and the individual’s self-report will be reviewed. While recent documentation is recommended in most circumstances, discretion will be used in accepting older documentation of conditions that are permanent or non-varying. Likewise, changing conditions and/or changes in how the condition impacts the individual may warrant more frequent updates to provide an accurate picture. The need for recent documentation depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual’s condition.
- A description of the expected progression of stability of the disability. Information on the cyclical or episodic nature of the disability and known or suspected environmental triggers to episodes provides opportunities to anticipate and plan for varying functional impacts. If the condition is not stable, information on interventions for exacerbations and recommended timelines for re-evaluation are most helpful.
- A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications. Documentation should include a description of both current and past medications, auxiliary aids, assistive devices, support services, and accommodations, including their effectiveness (and side effects) in ameliorating functional impacts of the disability.
- Recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services. Recommended accommodations and strategies should be logically related to functional limitations; if connections are not obvious, a clear explanation of their relationship can be useful in decision making. Mercy College has no obligation to provide or adopt recommendations made by outside entities.
High school special education evaluations, Summary of Performance (SOP) or Individual Educational Program (IEP) documentation, while helpful, may not provide adequate information to document a disability. In addition, references to academic weaknesses/learning differences/test anxiety alone may not substantiate a learning disability diagnosis.
Specific Disability Documentation
Learning Disabilities: Psycho-educational assessment conducted by the diagnosing licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or other appropriately credentialed professional specializing in learning disabilities.
Psycho-educational Testing: The comprehensive psycho-educational test battery should include intelligence/ability testing and educational/achievement testing. A full diagnostic report, including all standard test scores as well as subtest scores and the evaluator’s narrative is recommended. Assessments should be normed for adults, i.e. WAIS-III rather than WISC-III.
Attention Deficit Disorder: Psychological/Psycho-educational assessment conducted by the diagnosing licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or other appropriately credentialed professional.
Psychological Disabilities: Psychological assessment conducted by the diagnosing licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or other appropriately credentialed professional.
Speech and Hearing: Full report of assessments conducted by the diagnosing licensed speech/hearing specialist, audiologist, or other appropriately credentialed professional.
Visual: Full report of assessments conducted by the diagnosing licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist, or other appropriately credentialed professional.
Mobility: Evidence of substantial limitation in upper and/or lower extremity mobility. As appropriate, this may or may not include full report of assessments conducted by the diagnosing licensed medical doctor/physician or other appropriately credentialed professional.
Review of Documentation and the Determination of Accommodation
- All documentation will be reviewed on an individual, case-by-case basis. This calls for an individualized inquiry, examining the impact of a disability on the individual and within the specific context of the request for accommodations. There is no list of covered disabilities or accepted diagnostic criteria.
- Determination of accommodations is an interactive process. The Director of Accessibility may contact the evaluator, as necessary and with the student’s permission, for clarification of any information (tests results, conclusions, recommendations, etc.) contained in the documentation. An interview with the student will be conducted to inquire about the disability, understand its impacts and identify appropriate accommodations. At the conclusion of the interactive process, the institution will determine accommodations as appropriate.
- Documentation of a specific disability does not translate directly into specific accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are individually determined and based on the functional impact of the condition and its likely interaction with the environment. As such, accommodations may vary from individual to individual with the “same” disability diagnosis and from environment to environment for the same individual.
Process of Approved Accommodations
Once an accommodation has been granted, students are provided with a letter of accommodation from the Office of Accessibility each semester to notify their instructors as they deem appropriate. Students with accommodations are responsible to speak with each of their instructors about their accommodation needs.
After faculty have been notified of the approved accommodations, students can submit their testing schedule, along with a copy of their current accommodations letter, to the Testing Center at the beginning of each semester if their tests will be proctored in the Testing Center. Students who have received accommodations may request modifications to those accommodations at any time.
Faculty are responsible for facilitating accommodations or adjustments as outlined in letter(s) of accommodation. Faculty are responsible for including information on the course syllabus for any course specific requirements students must follow to schedule extended exam times, alternate exam sites, or other academic adjustments. Such course specific requirements must first be approved by the Director of Accessibility Services before inclusion on the syllabus.
Students are expected to follow all instructions accompanying an approved accommodation and course syllabi (if applicable) regarding scheduling for extended exam times, alternate exam sites, and other academic adjustments.
Faculty are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the documentation and for facilitating the granted accommodations. The documentation should be held in a confidential location and not shared except as necessary to facilitate the granted accommodations.