Rights and responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  • Full and equal participation in the services and activities of Wayne State University.
  • Reasonable and effective accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding disability information, including the right to choose to whom the disclosure of disability is made except as required by law.
  • Information readily available in accessible formats as long as request deadlines to ensure availability are met.

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

  • Meet Wayne State University’s qualifications, including essential academic, technical and institutional standards.
  • Identify as an individual with a disability and request accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Seek information, counsel and assistance as necessary.
  • Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source verifying the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the rationale for specific accommodations being recommended.
  • Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids as outlined by SDS.
  • Student can be referred to the Student Disability Services office by faculty, staff, students, parents or others at any time throughout the student's educational experience.
  • Request services and participate in the process of determining, implementing and modifying reasonable accommodations.
  • Abide by the student code of conduct set by the university.
  • Provide accommodation letters that have been issued from Student Disability Services to the professor in order to receive accommodations in the classroom and labs.

The university, through faculty and staff, has the right to:

  • Maintain the university academic standards, which include establishing essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities.
  • Confirm disability status and request and receive current, relevant documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Have appropriate staff discuss students and the nature of their disabilities with signed consent in order to implement requested accommodations, particularly as they relate to instruction.
  • Deny requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids when disability documentation does not identify a specific disability, fails to verify the need for the requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner.
  • Deny requests for accommodations, adjustment and/or auxiliary aids that are inappropriate or unreasonable based on disability documentation, including any that:
    • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
    • Constitute a substantial change or alteration of an essential course element or program standard.
    • Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the university.

Faculty responsibility

  • Provide appropriate accommodations and ensure accessibility in the classrooms and department.
  • Respect and maintain confidentially of the student, including discussing any issues directly with the student.
  • Remember to treat students as individuals and hold them accountable to established academic standards.
  • Faculty have the right to request verification from Student Disability Services for any student requesting accommodations.
    • Student Disability Services is the only office designated to reviewe disability documentation and determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations.

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