Rights and Responsibilities

Students' Rights

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, facilities and activities offered through the university.
  • An equal opportunity to learn.
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations and academic adjustments with the goal of aiding students with challenges they face, due to institutional barriers.
  • Appropriate confidentiality.
  • Respect and courtesy.

Students' Responsibilities

  • Meet the university’s qualifications and essential technical, academic and institutional standards.
  • Request accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Provide proper documentation that confirms your disability, identifies functional limitations and provides support for the requested accommodations.
  • Follow the specific procedures for requesting and obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
  • Provide for personal independent living needs or other personal disability-related needs.
  • Meet with faculty and request assistance through other campus resources.
  • Abide by the university’s standards and guidelines for behavior and academic integrity.
  • Treat all university staff and faculty with respect and courtesy.

Disability Center's Rights

  • Request current, appropriate and comprehensive documentation completed by an appropriate professional that supports a request for reasonable accommodations/academic adjustments.
  • With the student’s signed consent, discuss a student’s need for reasonable accommodations/academic adjustments with the professional who provides the documentation — with the goal to clarify information provided within documentation to establish need for accommodations.
  • Identify the most appropriate or equally effective accommodations/academic adjustments through discussion with the student.
  • Deny a request for accommodations/academic adjustments if the documentation does not identify a specific disability, fails to verify the need for requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner.
  • Refuse an accommodation or academic adjustment that imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the university, poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or poses an undue financial or administrative burden on the university.

Disability Center's Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all programs, courses and services through the university, when viewed in their entirety, are offered in the most integrated and appropriate setting.
  • Provide information regarding policies and procedures to students with disabilities and ensure its availability in accessible formats upon request.
  • Provide or arrange for reasonable and appropriate accommodations/academic adjustments for students with disabilities on an individualized basis upon request, with documentation verification.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with disabilities except where disclosure is permitted or required by law or is authorized by the student.
  • Treat all students with respect and courtesy.