Student Rights and Responsibilities – ADAAA

ACC is fully committed to complying with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended 2010 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and to providing equal education­al opportunities to otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities.

Student Rights

Students have the right to:

  • Equal access to educational programs, services, and activities
  • Request reasonable and appropriate accommodations
  • Discuss issues related to their accommodation(s) with Student Accessibility Services and, if necessary, to seek redress through appropriate administrative channels
  • Appeal an accommodation decision with the director of Student Accessibility Services. Go to Accessibility Services – Current or Returning Students and view details under “Accommodation Determinations”
  • File a formal complaint with the college if they believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability

Student Responsibilities

Students have the responsibility to:

  • Meet with Student Accessibility Services staff for an initial intake appointment to discuss the nature and impact of their disabilities and identify appropriate accommodations
  • Provide appropriate documentation of disability, engage in the interactive process with SAS staff, and discuss their history of disability and accommodations
  • Request accommodations each semester or whenever they change their schedule
  • Initiate all requests for services and/or accommodations through Student Accessibility Services
  • Provide for their own personal, independent living, transportation and other personal disability-related needs.

Complaint Procedure

Follow the student complaint procedure if you believe you have been subjected to discrimination based on your disability or denied access or accommodations required by law.

College Rights

The college has the right to:

  • Determine the appropriateness of documentation and requests for accommodation on a case-by-case basis, using the professional judgment of the Student Accessibility Services advocate
  • Request additional information to determine eligibility for services
  • Share relevant information regarding a student’s disability with those who have a legitimate educational interest
  • Deny a request for accommodation when documentation or student interview does not support the request, when the request would fundamentally alter the essential requirements of the course, or when the request is not reasonable

College Responsibilities

The college has the responsibility to:

  • Reduce or eliminate physical, academic, and attitudinal barriers
  • Provide each SAS student with an equal level of service and expertise from the college, regardless of campus or type of enrollment, by ensuring intra-campus communication and support
  • Serve as advocates for students with disabilities and promote equal access
  • Develop and evaluate written policies and guidelines regarding procedures for determining and administering reasonable accommodations
  • Provide services that align with the institution’s mission and/or service philosophy 
  • Prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities
  • Take appropriate steps to assure the safety and confidentiality of documentation related to student disability

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