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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the RIGHT to:

  • Confidentiality
  • Receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations in a timely and respectful manner from faculty and ODS.  Students should have the opportunity to meet privately with faculty to discuss their needs.

Students have the RESPONSIBILITY to:

  • Provide the appropriate medical documentation to ODS. The Office of Disability Services is not responsible for contacting your physician to make the request.
  • Communicate with faculty about their accommodations.
  •  Initiate request for specific accommodations in a timely manner, preferably at the beginning of the semester or as soon after registering with ODS as possible.
  • Follow procedures with ODS and faculty in order to receive appropriate accommodations. 
  • Notify faculty/ODS immediately when an accommodation is not being provided completely or correctly.
  • Provide for his/her own personal living needs or other personal disability-related needs.  For example, coordinating services of personal care attendants or requiring homework assistance are a student’s responsibility and the not the responsibility of ODS.
  • Act as his/her own advocate.  Work with counselors on developing skills necessary to advocate their specific needs and accommodations to faculty.  ODS will intervene only when attempts to communicate have failed.