Rights & Responsibility
What are my responsibilities to qualify for services?
- Students should self-identify as a student with a qualified disability.
- Students should provide documentation of the disability.
- Students are encouraged to request services at least 30 days or earlier prior to the start of classes to ensure the availability of services and to allow for timely and effective processing of requests.
What are my rights?
- You have a right to services and reasonable accommodations which allows you to compete on an equal basis with non-disabled students, as long as you meet the requirements of the program.
- You have the right to privacy. Information regarding your disability is confidential and cannot be released to anyone without your written permission unless court ordered.
How often should I apply for services?
Students must self-identify and apply for services each semester so that proper paperwork is submitted to each instructor and to ensure reasonable accommodations. It is important to request services at the beginning of each semester.
What are reasonable accommodations?
Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to a course, program, service or activity that enable students with documented disabilities to have the same privileges available to students without disabilities. The University is only obligated to provide accommodations for the documented limitations of students with disabilities.
Are disability records made a part of my permanent college file?
No. Information about your contact with the Office of Disability Services is not kept in your permanent, academic or financial records.