Rights and Responsibilities

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 PASS 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 PASS¬†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