Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty Rights

Faculty members have the right to:

  • Maintain academic standards for courses
  • Confirm a student’s request for accommodations and ask for clarification about a specific accommodation with the Office of Accessibility Services
  • Deny a request for accommodation if the student has not been approved for such accommodation
  • Award grades appropriate to the level of the student’s demonstration of master of material
  • Fail a student who does not perform to passing standards

Faculty members do not have the right to:

  • Refuse to provide an approved accommodation for a documented disability
  • Challenge the legitimacy of a student’s disability
  • Review a student’s documentation, including diagnostic data

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty members have the responsibility to:

  • Understand the laws and university’s guidelines regarding students with disabilities
  • Refer students to the Office of Accessibility Services when necessary
  • Provide requested accommodations and academic adjustments to students who have documented disabilities in a timely manner
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records concerning students with disabilities except when disclosure is required by law or authorized by the student
  • Provide handouts, videotapes and other course materials in accessible formats upon request
  • Evaluate students based on their abilities rather than their disabilities