Rights and Responsibilities

Your Rights and Responsibilities

Your Rights

  • Equal access to all educational opportunities available to the student body (e.g. courses, programs, activities, services, jobs and facilities).
  • Reasonable accommodations based on documentation, barriers, academic program and evaluator's recommendations.
  • Appropriate confidentiality regarding your disability.
  • Equal access to the fundamental right to vote in local and national elections. Visit #StetsonVotes to register!

Your Responsibilities

  • Meet the university's qualifications and maintain the essential standards for programs, courses, services and activities.
  • Disclose information related to your disability to the Accessibility Services Center in a timely manner for the purpose of accommodations, preferably before the start of each semester or within two weeks of the start of each semester.
  • Provide appropriate documentation to Accessibility Services. (The documentation must verify the disability and its current impact on learning).
  • Follow specific policies and procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids as established by Accessibility Services. (Failure to provide adequate notice of the need for separate testing conditions and/or assistance, for example, may result in accommodations that are not provided to the fullest measure).
  • Initiate all services and maintain contact with Accessibility Services staff and university faculty.
  • Provide feedback to Accessibility Services regarding its operation.

Stetson University's Rights and Responsibilities

Stetson University's Rights

  • Uphold the university's academic standards.
  • Identify and establish appropriate and reasonable accommodations based upon current disability documentation completed by a qualified professional and in consultation with the student.
  • Deny a request for accommodations, auxiliary aids/services and/or academic adjustments if:
    • a. The student fails to provide appropriate documentation
    • b. The documentation does not warrant the services requested
    • c. It substantially alters an essential element of a course, program or activity of the university, or
    • d. It poses a threat to the health and safety of others.
  • Receive verification of a documented disability from Accessibility Services that states the recommended accommodations, not necessarily the specific disability.
  • Establish the learning outcomes that are fundamental to their courses/academic programs and evaluate students on this basis.
  • Contact Accessibility Services to discuss the appropriateness of accommodations.

Stetson University's Responsibilities

  • Recommend reasonable accommodations for students with appropriately documented disabilities in a timely manner upon request.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students.
  • Provide information on university policies and procedures to students and ensure its availability in accessible formats upon request.
  • Make appropriate referrals to on-campus services, as well as community agencies.
  • Maintain the same standards for students with disabilities as for students without disabilities.
  • Arrange for and provide reasonable accommodations upon request.