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Rights and Responsibilities

Disability Services
Disability Services has a right to:

  • receive the appropriate documentation from the student prior to services being initiated
  • expect students and faculty to work cooperatively with Disability Services to facilitate academic accommodations
  • deny unreasonable academic accommodations; academic accommodations cannot impose undue hardship to, or fundamentally alter, a program or an activity of the university
  • deny academic accommodations if appropriate documentation is not provided

Disability Services has a responsibility to:

  • collect, evaluate, and securely house disability documentation and determine eligibility for services.
  • treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential
  • meet with the student privately in an accessible location to discuss disability-related needs
  • provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations in collaboration with the faculty and the student
  • communicate procedures clearly to the student and faculty

Faculty has a right to:

  • ask for verification in the form of an Accommodation Letter from Disability Services; the Accommodation Letter ensures that the accommodations requested are reasonable and appropriate 
  • expect the student to initiate discussions concerning their academic accommodation requests for each course;  if the student does not approach you, request accommodations, and provide you with documentation from Disability Services, you are not obligated to provide accommodations
  • expect Disability Services to proctor and administer exams in a secure and monitored environment
  • discuss alternative accommodations with the student and Disability Services if the academic accommodations requested seem to violate the goals or requirements of the course
  • maintain the academic standards and integrity of their courses
  • expect class attendance and timely submission of assignments
  • fail a student who does not perform to passing standards
  • be treated respectfully by all students

Faculty has a responsibility to:

  • maintain student confidentiality - treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential,  keep disability-related information in protected locations, not "out" the student to other students, faculty or staff
  • clearly communicate class policies and procedures to the student with a disability
  • consult with Disabilities Services and the student with a disability if the accommodations requested seem to violate the goals or requirements of the course
  • provide accommodations to students who are registered with Disability Services
  • use a syllabus statement and class announcements to invite students to disclose their disability and accommodation needs to Disability Services
  • act immediately upon obtaining a student's request for accommodations
  • work with Disability Services and the student with a disability if alternative formats for textbooks, class handouts, course packets, or audio-visual materials are needed
  • refer a student to Disability Services if a student notifies the faculty of a disability
  • return a copy of the Confirmation of Test Accommodation Form to Student Disability Services and give the original copy to the instructor of the course the student received test accommodations for

Students have a right to:

  • expect all disability-related information to be treated confidentially
    • Disability Services is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility and appropriate accommodations.
  • receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations in a timely manner from faculty and Disability Services
  • appeal decisions regarding services and accommodations
  • non-discrimination and freedom from retaliatory discrimination
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law and as such is administered by the Office of Civil Rights.

Students have a responsibility to:

  • provide Disability Services current documentation from a qualified practitioner that describes the nature of the disability, functional limitations due to the disability, severity of these limitations, and reasonable accommodations
  • initiate discussions with faculty concerning accommodation requests
  • initiate requests for accommodations in a timely manner
  • inform Disability Services if materials are needed in an alternate format as soon as possible
  • inform faculty and Disability Services immediately when an accommodation is not being provided completely or correctly
  • notify faculty and Disability Services when an accommodation is not being used or is no longer needed
  • adhere to Dakota Wesleyan University's code of student conduct
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