Rights and Responsibilities

Equal access is a right of students with disabilities, but it requires students to advocate for this right.  Students must initiate the request for an accommodation and provide current documentation and bring forth additional requests or issues.  The Director of the Center for Equal Access (the Center) will work with the students on learning to advocate for themselves.  Unlike high school, it is the college student's responsibility to assure his or her needs are begin met and whether or not he/she is succeeding academically.  College students are considered adults. 

The College of St. Scholastica must provide reasonable accommodations to "level the playing field," but the student must be able to meet all academic requirements and abide by the Student Code of Conduct. Academic requirements are not waived due to a student's disability.  Students must be able to meet the academic requirements with the approved accommodations.  Auxiliary aids include adaptations needed to make the College campus and programs accessible.  The Center is not obligated to provide the same accommodations received in high school or at other colleges, or all the accommodations recommended by a medical professional.  No accommodations will be provided until adequate documentation is received.  It is the student's responsibility to plan ahead if the accommodation or auxiliary aid requires a long lead-time, such as a sign language interpreter. 

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  • Full and equal participation in and access to the courses, programs, services and activities of the College of St. Scholastica.  

  • Reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

  • Reasonably available information in accessible formats.

Students with disabilities are responsible for: 

  • Meeting institutional qualifications and maintaining essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services and activities.

  • Identifying themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and seeking information, counsel, and assistance as needed, preferably prior to the start of courses.

  • Providing documentation from an appropriate licensed professional source:

    • Documentation should include a description of the nature of the disability and how it limits the student's participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, or facilities when accommodations are sought.
    • Documentation should also include recommendations of the nature of the disability to provide equal access and opportunity to the student with a disability.
  • Following published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

Center for Equal Access Rights:

  • Identify and establish functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, standards, and criteria for courses, programs, services and activities.

  • Request and receive current documentation from an appropriate licensed professional source that supports accommodation requests as well as requests for academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.

  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustment, and/or auxiliary aids and services in consultation with a student with a documented disability:

    • If the documentation does not meet Center guidelines and demonstrate that the request is warranted.
    • If the student fails to provide appropriate documentation.
    • If the student engages in academic dishonesty when testing with the testing proctor.
  • Refuse to provide an accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid or service that is ineffective or unreasonable, including any that: 

    • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

    • Fundamentally alter the courses, programs, services, or activities of the College.

    • Pose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Center for Equal Access Responsibilities:

  • Provide information regarding policies and procedures to faculty, staff, students, and guests with disabilities and assure that this information be provided in accessible formats upon request.
  • Ensure that courses, programs, services, and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings.
  • Evaluate students and applicants on their abilities and potentials, not their disabilities.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with disabilities.
  • Describe the process for the provision of accommodations and services to the student verbally and in writing.
  • With student consent, notify the student's instructors certifying that a student has a disability and stating academic accommodations approved by the CEA.  The student will be responsible to deliver such written notifications to faculty/staff.
  • Provide or arrange for effective, appropriate and reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with identified disabilities in courses, programs, services, and activities.
  • With student consent, notify appropriate College staff and administrators of non-academic accommodations and services such as housing, recreation, safety, employment, financial aid, transportation, health services, employment, insurance, and other co-curricular activities.
  • Determine the accommodations and services to be provided to a student, taking into consideration the documentation, the student's preferences, available resources, and course requirements.
  • Advocate, advise, and educate students with disabilities and serve as a resource and referral to alternative resources.
  • Educate the community about students with disabilities in higher education.