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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
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:
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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