Student Disability

Rights and Responsibilities of Students: 

Students with disabilities have the right to:
• Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities offered by the university or college;
• An equal opportunity to work and to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations, and/or reasonable auxiliary aids and services;
• Confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom, outside of the University, information about their disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law.

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:
• Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities;
• Identify themselves in a timely manner as having a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary;
• Demonstrate and/or provide documents from a licensed professional on how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities;
• Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, and/or reasonable auxiliary aids and services.

Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff have the right to:
• Maintain the academic integrity and standards of all courses and programs;
• Determine the essential elements and evaluations standards of their courses and programs;
• Receive timely notice from the student of the need for accommodation so that appropriate arrangements can be made;
• Discuss with staff at the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) any approved accommodation if it is believed that the accommodation causes a fundamental alteration to the essential elements or evaluation standards of a course or program.

Faculty and staff have the responsibility to:
• Provide reasonable accommodations to verified students upon timely request by the Student;
• Maintain the legally protected confidentiality of disability-related information, except as required by law;
• Ensure that a disability statement is written into each syllabus and all other university publications;
• Refer students who disclose a disability and request assistance to SDS;
• Refrain from retaliation against students who request accommodations or individuals who advocate for accessibility;
• Consult with SDS if there are any concerns or questions about a student with a disability or an accommodation request.

Rights and Responsibilities of the University/College:

The University/College has the right to:
• Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities and to evaluate faculty, staff, and students on this basis;
• Request and receive, through Student Disability Services, current documentation that supports request for accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
• Deny a request for accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation is not submitted in a timely manner (i.e., retroactive requests will be denied), if the documentation fails to demonstrate that the request is warranted, or if the
individual fails to provide appropriate supporting documentation;
• Select among equally effective accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
• Refuse an accommodation, auxiliary aid or service that imposes a fundamental alteration to a program or activity of the University or that imposes an undue financial or administrative burden on the University.

The University/College has the responsibility to:
• Provide information to students with disabilities in accessible formats when reasonable and upon request;
• Ensure the courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
• Evaluate students and applicants on their abilities and not their disabilities;
• Provide, arrange or assist in securing reasonable accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, jobs activities, and facilities;
• Maintain confidentiality of records and communication, except where permitted or required by law.

Source: University of Mississippi, Policy: Students with Disabilities