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 Counselor.
  • 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.
  • To provide services to students for effective communication.

Student Rights

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

Student Responsibilities

  • To meet with the Counselor during an initial intake appointment to discuss the nature and impact of his/her disabilities.
  • To request accommodations, every semester needed and provide a class schedule.
  • 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.
  • To request for services (interpreter services, tests) in a timely manner (3 business days prior).
  • To contact the disability office if you will be absent or are running late for class if you have an interpreter or scribe services. The interpreter or scribe will only wait 15 minutes per hour of class (15minutes =1 hour, 30 minutes =2 hour class, etc).

Faculty Rights

  • Classroom Behavior – All college students, whether or not disabled, must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. Infractions of these standards should be directed to Conflict Resolutions. Conflict Resolutions will consult with the Counselor regarding students with disabilities who violate the Code.
  • Written Agreements – Faculty members will receive a written agreement before any student audio records a class.
  • Challenge of Accommodations – A faculty member has the right to challenge an accommodation request if they believe 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 Counselor, 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 what accommodations are needed.
  • 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/their documentation to 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.