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Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities


Students have a right to:

  • an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from employment, courses, programs, services, or activities offered through the university;
  • an equal opportunity to work and to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom information about their disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required/permitted by law;
  • information, reasonably available in accessible formats.



Students are responsible for:

  • meeting academic qualifications and maintaining essential institutional standards for courses, services, or activities;
  • self-identifying as in with a disability when an accommodation is requested, and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary;
  • demonstrating and/or documenting (from an appropriate professional) how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, or activities;
  • following published procedures for obtaining information, services and reasonable accommodations.


Rights and Responsibilities of the Access Center


  • To evaluate and/or identify functional limitations of a student's disability to determine appropriate academic adjustments and accommodations needed for courses, programs, services, and university activities;
  • To request and receive from student, current documentation that supports requests for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services;
  • To deny a request for reasonable accommodation, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;
  • To select among equally effective reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services;
  • To deny a request for an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary service or one that imposes as undue hardship or fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the university.



  • To provide information to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request;
  • To ensure that qualified students receive academic adjustments and accommodations for courses, programs, activities, and services in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
  • To evaluate students on both their abilities and disabilities;
  • To maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except where permitted/required by law.

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