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Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities

In order to receive appropriate and effective accommodations and services, the following guidelines are provided regarding responsibilities of the University, the Disability Resource Center, Faculty, and students.


The student with a disability has:

  • The right to participate in and benefit from programs and activities at Dixie State University without unfair discrimination due to a disability
  • The same responsibility as other students to meet and maintain Dixie State University academic and technical standards
  • The responsibility to identify him/herself as a person with a disability and request accommodations through the Disability Resource Center
  • The responsibility to provide documentation that meet the standards of Dixie State University Documentation Guidelines
  • The responsibility to follow procedures to obtain accommodations and to do so in a timely manner
  • The right to equal opportunity to obtain an education by requesting reasonable accommodations that will allow the student to participate in Dixie State University programs, activities, services, and have access to campus housing and transportation
  • The right to have all disability related information kept confidential and to choose when and to whom the disability information is disclosed
  • The right to be informed of the procedures to initiate an appeal of a decision regarding a denial of a requested accommodation and has the responsibility to follow the established procedures for filing an appeal


Dixie State University has:

  • The right to set and maintain standards for admitting and evaluating the progress of students
  • The responsibility to ensure recruitment information and activities are available in alternative format
  • The responsibility to provide information about services and accommodations available to students with disabilities, and the procedures to request services. This is done through the Disability Resource Center
  • The responsibility to ensure all its programs, activities and facilities are accessible and usable
  • The right to identify and determine the abilities, skills and knowledge that are fundamental to academic programs and to evaluate the student’s performance based on those standards. The fundamental standards of a program or course are not subject to modification
  • The right to select and administer tests that evaluate the student’s aptitudes and competencies but which do not discriminate against the student with a disability. If the methods used discriminate against the student with a disability, other reasonable alternatives will be considered
  • The responsibility to adjust or substitute academic requirements that unfairly discriminate against the student with a disability, and that are NOT essential to the integrity of a student’s academic program
  • The right to deny a request for accommodation if the student’s documentation indicates no modification or accommodation is necessary, if the student fails to provide appropriate documentation or if the request for accommodation is determined unreasonable or imposes an undue hardship on the University
  • The responsibility to inform the student of his/her right to appeal a decision that denies a request for accommodation and the procedures to initiate an appeal

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center has:

  • The right to set procedures to determine whether the student qualifies for services and how the services will be implemented
  • The responsibility for certifying the eligibility of students with disabilities and recommending reasonable and appropriate accommodations considering the disability and the essential elements of the academic program
  • The responsibility for setting criteria for documentation, evaluating the documentation concerning a student’s disability, requesting additional necessary documentation, assessing the effect of the disability on the student’s participation in academic courses and/or programs, recommending reasonable accommodations, and advising the student with respect to appropriate compensatory strategies
  • The responsibility to serve as the liaison between the student and faculty, and secure accommodations and serve as a resource for the facilitation and/or modification of approved accommodations
  • The responsibility to inform the student, through print or alternative format, of the procedures to access services and to explain the scope of the services and accommodations available
  • The right to request and receive appropriate and complete documentation from the student requesting accommodations. The documentation must identify the disability and the limitations created that support the student’s request. This information must be received within a reasonable time to determine if the student qualifies for services and prior implementation of services or accommodations
  • The responsibility to work with the student to determine effective accommodations or auxiliary aids and to ensure the accommodations are implemented by interacting with the student and faculty
  • The right to require the student follow the Disability Resource Center’s procedures to implement services and accommodations
  • The responsibility to keep information about the student’s disability and relevant information confidential and to release the information about requested accommodations ONLY when the student makes such a request in writing
  • The responsibility to raise awareness among Dixie State University faculty and staff regarding the rights of students with disabilities and to define the scope of accommodations and services provided by the Disability Resource Center


Faculty at the Dixie State University has:

  • The right to ask for verification from the Disability Resource Center when the student requests an accommodation in his/her course or program
  • The responsibility to inform the student of the procedure to request accommodations
  • The responsibility to meet with the student privately to discuss disability related issues and to maintain confidentiality about any information disclosed in discussions with the student or the Disability Resource Coordinator
  • The right to consult the Disability Resource to discuss requested accommodations
  • The responsibility to provide accommodations in a timely manner once they have been verified by the Disability Resource Center
  • The responsibility to inform students that all course material can be made available in alternative format with prior request
  • The right to expect the student with a disability to meet the same academic standards as peers in the course