Plymouth State is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for students with disabilities. Assurance of this opportunity rests upon legal foundations established by federal law, specifically the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 including Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008. By federal law, a person with a disability is any person who: has a physical or mental impairment, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. We are committed to helping students to maximize their potential while helping them to develop and maintain independence through self-determination and self-advocacy.
Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities
Every student with a documented disability has the right to:
- Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities offered at the University;
- Reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services determined on a case-by-case basis;
- Appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding a disability and the choice to whom a disability is disclosed except as required or permitted by law;
- Information, reasonably available in accessible formats.
Every student with a documented disability has the responsibility to:
- Meet qualifications and essential standards as determined by the University for courses, programs, jobs, services, and facilities;
- Identify as an individual with a disability to the Disability Services office in a timely manner when seeking an accommodation;
- When seeking accommodations, provide documentation of the disability from an appropriate professional including information about the functional limitations of the disability;
- Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
- Communicate requests for accommodations to instructors by providing a letter of identification describing the reasonable accommodations recommended by Disability Services advisors as early in the semester as possible.
Rights and Responsibilities of PSU
Plymouth State University has the right to:
- Maintain essential standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities;
- Request current documentation by an appropriate professional and supplied by the student that confirms disability status and supports the need for appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
- Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if documentation does not support a need for the requested service, or if the documentation is not provided in a timely manner;
- Select among equally effective accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services as judged by the University with consideration for cost and/or availability;
- Deny a request for an inappropriate or unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid or service including any that poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others, imposes a fundamental alteration to a course or program, or poses an undue financial or administrative burden on the University.
Plymouth State University has the responsibility to:
- Ensure that the 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 in accessible formats upon request;
- Evaluate students on the basis of their abilities and not their disabilities;
- Provide or arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids and/or services for students with disabilities as defined by the ADA of 1990, the ADAA of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication regarding students with disabilities;
- Inform students when requested accommodations are not available or beyond the University’s ability to provide.
Reviewed by USNH Legal Counsel 2005