Disabilities Rights & Responsibilities

College rights

  • To determine the appropriateness of documentation and requests for accommodation on a case-by-case basis, using the professional judgment of the Disability services coordinators.
  • To request additional information to determine eligibility for services.
  • To share relevant information regarding the student's disability with those who have a legitimate educational interest.
  • To deny a request for accommodation or withdraw an accommodation when a student fails to meet the college's academic and institutional criteria.

College responsibilities

  • To reduce or eliminate physical, academic, and attitudinal barriers.
  • To assure that every student receives an equal level of service and expertise from the college, regardless of campus or type of enrollment, by systematizing intra-campus communication and support.
  • To serve as an advocate for students with disabilities and to ensure equal access.
  • To consult with faculty regarding academic accommodations and compliance with legal responsibilities.
  • To develop written policies and guidelines regarding procedures for determining and accessing "reasonable accommodations."
  • To provide services that are based on the institution's mission and/or service philosophy.
  • To prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities.
  • To assure the safety and confidentiality of all documentation related to student's disabilities.

Student rights

  • To have equal access to educational programs, services and activities.
  • To request reasonable accommodations.
  • To comply with guidelines for Disability services users.
  • To be permitted to discuss problems related to his/her accommodation/s with the Disability services coordinators and, if necessary, to seek redress through appropriate administrative channels.

Student responsibilities

  • To meet with the Disability services coordinators during an initial intake appointment to discuss the nature and impact of his/her disabilities.
  • To provide notice for all accommodation requests and a class schedule 10 days before the first day of classes.
  • To provide appropriate documentation of disability.
  • To initiate all requests for services and/or accommodations through the Disability services.
  • To provide for his/her own personal, independent living needs and other personal disability-related needs.

Faculty rights

  • Classroom Behavior - All college students, whether or not disabled, must adhere to the Student Standards of Conduct. Infractions of these standards should be directed to the Vice President of Student Development Services. The Vice President will consult with the Disability services coordinators regarding students with disabilities who violate the Code.
  • Written Agreements - Faculty members may request a written agreement before allowing any student to tape or otherwise record a class.
  • Challenge of Accommodations - A faculty member has the right to challenge an accommodation request if he/she believes the student is not qualified and/or if the accommodation would result in a fundamental alteration of the class.
  • Faculty members must consult with the Disability services coordinator, not the student, if there are questions or concerns about designated accommodations.

Faculty responsibilities

  • Instructor Notification Form - Faculty should not provide academic adjustments for a disability without a notice from Disability services certifying that the student is qualified to receive services and identifying the nature of the accommodations.
  • Referral to Disability services - If a student notifies a faculty member that he/she has a disability or takes documentation to the instructor, it is the faculty member's responsibility to refer the student with his/her documentation to the Disability services. If a student is not performing up to standards and the instructor thinks the student may have a learning disability, he/she should refer the student to the Disability services coordinators.