Student Disability Support Services
Holloway Hall
Font Size: A A A A A

Student Disability Support Services

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, and Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandate that no otherwise qualified student shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by Salisbury University. Students with disabilities have both rights and responsibilities.

Student Rights

  • Students with disabilities have the right to self-identify to the Office of Student Disability Support Services (OSDSS) and seek classification as a student with a disability by following the OSDSS’s procedures for Registering For Services.
     
  • Students with disabilities have the right to request reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and/or modifications to University policies, by initiating such requests with the OSDSS by following the OSDSS’s procedures for Requesting Accommodations, Modifications, Aids, and Services.
     
  • Students with disabilities have the right to be approved for and receive reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and/or modifications to University policies, as related to the impact(s) of their disability(ies) and which do not impose a fundamental alteration to the nature of a service, program, or activity, and/or an undue financial and administrative burden to the University. Commonly requested reasonable accommodations, aids and services, and modifications may include, but are not limited to: extended time for completing timed course assessments (tests, quizzes, etc.); alternatively formatted course materials (enlarged handouts, texts in audio format, texts in Braille, etc.); access to sign language interpreting services; and approval for priority registration.
     
  • Students with disabilities have the right to initiate, terminate, and request changes to their accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and/or modifications plans, as approved by the OSDSS, at any time during their enrollment at the University by contacting the OSDSS.
  • Students with disabilities have the right to appeal any and all decisions made by the OSDSS by initiating the Student Grievance Procedures for Decisions Made by the OSDSS.
     
  • Students with disabilities have the right to confidentiality regarding their disability(ies) and disclosure of information, except when required or permitted by law.

Student Responsibilities

  • Those students with disabilities who wish to request accommodations, modifications, aids, and/or services, as related to their disability(ies), are responsible for following the OSDSS’s procedures for Requesting Accommodations, Modifications, Aids, and Services, in a timely fashion.
     
  • Students with disabilities are responsible for meeting with their professors and relevant University staff, in a timely fashion, in order to communicate the accommodations, modifications, aids, and/or services for which they are eligible, as approved by the OSDSS, and to discuss plans for implementing them in the classroom or other environment. During these meetings, students with disabilities are responsible for providing their current Memorandum of Accommodations, as issued by the OSDSS, to the professor or University staff member. Additionally, students with disabilities are responsible for engaging with their professors and University staff in an ongoing basis, as needed, in order to maintain the implementation of their accommodations. Testing accommodations are one type of accommodation that often requires eligible students to engage with their professors on an ongoing basis (as tests dates approach during the semester) so that appropriate logistics related to the administration of each test can be carried out by both the student and the professor in timely manner.
     
  • Students with disabilities are responsible for meeting and maintaining the University's fundamental academic and technical standards, either with or without use of accommodations, modifications, aids, and/or services as related to their disability(ies).
     
  • Students with disabilities are responsible for notifying the OSDSS staff of any questions, issues, or concerns that they may have, regarding their accommodations, modifications, aids and/or services in a timely fashion.

* * *