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AccessAbility Services

Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a student accessing the Office of AccessAbility Services, it is important to understand your rights with regards to your accommodations as well as your responsibilities.

Rights

  • It is your right to have your disability kept confidential as the law allows. The Office of AccessAbility Services will not share information regarding your disability with any faculty, staff, parent, or other entities unless you have completed a Release of Information and given permission to do so or there is an explicit need to know.
  • It is your right to have your approved accommodations provided to you free of charge, as mandated in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Office of AccessAbility Services will never charge you for your classroom accommodations.
  • It is your right to request adjustments to your accommodations. All requests will be reviewed by the AccessAbility Services Coordinator and approved, as appropriate, in order to ensure equal access.
  • It is your right to choose which instructors your accommodation letter is sent to. You may not need all accommodations for every class, but any professor that you will need an accommodation from must have a copy of your accommodation letter.
  • It is your right to access the process of Grievances as outlined in the Student Catalog.

Responsibilities

  • It is your responsibility to disclose your disability to the AccessAbility Services Coordinator and request accommodations. Accommodations become effective on the date the letter is delivered to your professor. Accommodations are not retroactive.
  • It is your responsibility to read each class syllabus and talk with professors about the ways in which the course structure and essential requirements may impact the use of your accommodations.
  • It is your responsibility to report problems to AccessAbility Services Coordinator regarding professors who are not providing accommodations. This must be done during the semester the problem is occurring and not after grades have been given for the course.
  • It is your responsibility to request new accommodation letters for each semester that you are going to need accommodations or if there is an update to your accommodations.
  • If you have note taking assistance as an accommodation, you must attend class and be attentive. You do not have the right to request a copy of notes from a class for which you were absent.
  • If you require an alternative test location, or extra time on exams, it is your responsibility to contact The Office of AccessAbility Services at least one week prior to the exam to set up a reservation. If you do not schedule your test with one week’s notice, the Office of AccessAbility Services will make a good faith effort to accommodate you, but there is no guarantee that The Office of AccessAbility Services will be able to provide you with a proctor or a location to test.
  • If you require alternative format it is your responsibility to provide a receipt showing purchase of the book to be provided along with your request. A request for an alternative format is required in advance of the start of classes to ensure the alternative text can be provided in a timely manner.
  • If you require ASL Interpreting Services it is your responsibility to submit your request for interpreting services immediately following your registration for classes in order to assure this accommodation is provided on the first day of class. If you need an interpreter for other meetings or events on campus, please notify the AccessAbility Services Coordinator at least 10 days’ in advance. If you do not alert The AccessAbility Services Coordinator with at least 10 days’ notice, the Office of AccessAbility Services will make a good faith effort to accommodate you, but there is no guarantee that The Office of AccessAbility Services will be able to provide you with an interpreter.

Information adapted from The University of Texas at Austin, Services for Students with Disabilities.