Rights & Responsibilities

Student Rights & Responsibilities


Student Rights:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs and activities offered by the college.
  • Equal opportunity to work, learn, and receive accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Confidentiality of information regarding their disability as applicable laws allow.
  • Information available in accessible formats.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for the programs, courses, services, and activities.
  • Self-identify disability status in a reasonable and timely manner.
  • Provide disability documentation from a qualified professional that reflects the student’s current disability status, and how their disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, and activities.
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

Suggestions for Students:

  • Some accommodations require extra time so it is imperative to self-identify and request accommodations as soon as possible.
  • Attend classes and follow instructions provided in the class syllabus concerning absences, emergency needs, or other information specific to class.
  • If possible, inform instructor ahead of time of any absences.
  • Contact other outside agencies for possible eligibility for additional services.
  • Arrange for personal attendants, if needed, whether paid for by an agency or family (colleges are not required under ADA to provide personal attendants, tutors, or personal items such as hearing aids, prostheses, individually designed and fitted special extensions or wands for computer other resource operation).
  • Students with disabilities should process their own college business (i.e., registration, drop/add, refunds, etc.).

College Rights & Responsibilities


College Rights:

  • Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, and activities, and to evaluate students on this basis.
  • Request and receive current documentation from a qualified professional that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation does not demonstrate that the request is warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Refuse to provide an accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid and service that imposes a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the college.

College Responsibilities:

  • Accommodate the known limitations of an otherwise qualified student with a disability.
  • Ensure that courses, programs, services, and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate setting.
  • Provide or arrange accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services and activities.
  • To maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except where permitted or required by law.
  • To maintain academic standards by providing accommodations without compromising the content, quality, or level of instruction.