Student Rights and Responsibilities
Every student with a documented disability has the following rights:
- Access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the University.
- Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Appropriate confidentiality of all information pertaining to his/her disability with the choice of whom to disclose their disability to, except as required by law.
- Information reasonably available in accessible formats.
Every student with a disability has the following responsibilities:
- Meet the University’s qualifications and essential technical, academic, and institutional standards.
- Identify themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking an accommodation.
- Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the need for specific accommodations.
- Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
A. Contact the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services to register with the Office and at the beginning of each semester so that appropriate accommodations can be made in a timely manner (within the first two weeks of each semester, within the first week for a summer session course). This includes filling out the required registration form, which indicates the student’s need (e.g.: extended time to complete exams, note taking assistance, classroom relocation, etc.) and providing a release of information giving permission to inform faculty of a disability and the accommodations.
B. Inform the faculty member or professor at the beginning of each semester as to their having a disability, how their performance may be affected, and what accommodation(s) they will need in each of the classes.
C. Meet the timelines and procedural requirements established by the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services for scheduling exams, requesting assistance, arranging with a faculty member for delivering the exam, auxiliary aids and services, etc. Typically, such service declarations should be made as soon as the student is informed. If the student fails to provide adequate notice of the need for space and/or assistance they are still entitled to the accommodation, but there is no guarantee that it can be provided in the fullest measure.
Institutional Rights and Responsibilities:
Coastal Carolina University has the following rights:
- Maintain the University’s academic standards.
- Request current documentation from a student completed by an appropriate professional source to verify the need for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
- Discuss a student’s need for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids with the professional source of his/her documentation. The student’s signed consent will be needed to authorize such a discussion.
- Select among equally effective and appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with students with disabilities.
- Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids if the documentation does not identify a specific disability, the documentation fails to verify the need for the requested services, or the documentation is not provided in a timely manner.
- Refuse to provide an accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aide that is inappropriate or unreasonable, including any that:
- pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others;
- constitute a substantial change or alteration to an essential element of a course or program;
- pose undue financial or administrative burden on the University.
Coastal Carolina University has the following responsibilities:
- Ensure that University courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are offered in the most integrated and appropriate settings.
- Provide information regarding policies and procedures to students with disabilities and assure its availability in accessible formats upon request.
- Evaluate students on their abilities, not their disabilities.
- Provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities upon a timely request by a student.
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with disabilities except where disclosure is required by law or authorized by the student.
Office of Accessibility and Disability Services has the specific responsibilities to:
- Determine eligibility for participation of students with disabilities in the academic accommodations process based upon a review of appropriate documentation.
- Ensure students with disabilities who self-identify and meet University criteria for eligibility to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as based upon the individual’s need.
- Ensure confidentiality of all information pertaining to a student’s disability.
- Inform students with disabilities of University policies and procedures for filing a formal grievance through internal offices and/or through external agencies (e.g., Office of Civil Rights).
- Interact with faculty as is appropriate to support accommodations.
Faculty has the specific responsibilities to:
- Responsible for discussing with the Office of Disability Services any concerns related to the accommodation(s) or arrangements that have been requested by the student in their initial contacts.
- Responsible for determining the conditions under which the exam is to be administered (e.g., open book, use of notes, formula sheet, calculator, scrap paper, dictionary).
- Responsible for assuring that appropriate accommodations are provided, either by providing the accommodation themselves or by making appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services.
- Responsible for assuring the timely delivery of the exam, along with all necessary instructions and materials for proper administration, whenever the exam is to be administered by the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services. The faculty member may also make arrangements with the student for the delivery and return of the exam.