Policies and Procedures

Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities and the Institution

Student Rights

  • not to be denied access due to disability
  • to receive reasonable accommodations that provide equal opportunity
  • to have access to auxiliary aids/assistive technology
  • not to be counseled toward “more restrictive career objectives”
  • to receive assistance from the Disability Services office in removing any physical, academic, and/or attitudinal barriers
  • not to be discriminated against due to a disability or receive any retaliatory discrimination
  • to expect all disability related information to be treated confidentially

Student Responsibilities

  • to identify themselves to the Disability Services Advisor
  • to provide a Request for Disability Services Application for the initial semester and for each subsequent semester
  • to provide documentation of disability
  • to initiate requests for accommodations by providing a certification of disability letter at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester
  • to provide a minimum of two-weeks notice prior to the beginning of the semester for all major accommodation requests (special accommodations of equipment may need more time)
  • to act as a self-advocate
  • to provide one-week notice to the instructor and the Student Support Specialist when he/she desires to schedule testing in the Testing Center
  • to understand and accept that if a one-week notice is not given, the studentís desired testing time may be altered by the Student Support Specialist
  • to assume responsibility for testing procedures and to notify faculty and Disability Services accordingly
  • to provide for his/her personal independent living needs or other personal disability-related needs
  • to assume personal responsibility for meeting with faculty and meeting College standards
  • to pay any costs associated with providing documentation necessary to receive accommodation(s)

Rights and Responsibilities of the College

  • to identify and establish appropriate accommodation for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities
  • to request and receive appropriate documentation that supports the need for accommodation
  • to deny request for accommodations when appropriate documentation has not been received validating the need for accommodations
  • to deny accommodations that violate an essential component of the course, program or activity
  • to maintain confidentiality

Although students have certain rights under the law, they also have certain responsibilities that go along with these rights. Any misuse or abuse of services will lead to cancellation of these services. One form of misuse of services is requesting services but failing to use those services.

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