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.