As a student with a disability, you have certain rights and responsibilities when it comes to ensuring equal access at a postsecondary institution. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has put together a pamphlet outlining the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities. You can find this document online or order a free copy at the following link: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.
It is important to understand your rights with regards to your accommodations as well as your responsibilities.
Faculty members do not have the right to refuse to provide required accommodations as outlined on an official letter from DA, to question whether the disability exists when accommodations have been authorized by DA, or to request to examine the student’s documentation. However, faculty members do have input and should work with students to determine how accommodations will be provided in a particular class. Accommodation should not alter the fundamental nature of a course or program.
While students are expected to comprehend course material, accommodations give students the opportunity to achieve that goal and demonstrate that comprehension in testing situations. If a faculty member has questions about the appropriateness of a required accommodation, he or she should consult with Disability Accommodations staff member. If the disagreement is not resolved, the faculty member should contact the Director of Disability Accommodations.
Faculty members are responsible for providing the accommodations that are listed in the Accommodation Letter, both in the classroom and for exams. If a faculty member has concerns about how an accommodation may apply in their class, please contact DA to consult with the student’s Disabilities Accommodation Coordinator.
For more information about some of the most frequently approved accommodations, please visit our Accommodations and Services page.
Unsure of how to provide accommodation? Please call DA in a timely manner to ask for assistance or clarification. DA is here to support the academic efforts of students with disabilities and can serve as a resource to faculty members to help meet this goal.