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Rights and responsibilities

 Every student with a documented disability attending Douglas College has the following rights and responsibilities.

Rights to:

  1. Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the college.
  2. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Appropriate confidentiality of all information pertaining to his/her disability with the choice of whom to disclose their disability to, except as required by law
  4. Information reasonably available in accessible formats.

Responsibilities:

  1. Meet the college's admission requirements and essential technical, academic standards.
  2. Self-identify in a timely manner (several months prior to attending College) as an individual with a disability when seeking academic accommodations.
  3. Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the need for specific accommodations.
  4. Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids.

Douglas College Rights and Responsibilities

Douglas College, through its Center for Students with Disabilities has the right to:

  1. Request current documentation from a student completed by an appropriate professional source to verify the need for reasonable accommodations and/or auxiliary aids.
  2. Discuss a student's need for reasonable accommodations and/or auxiliary aids with the professional source of his/her documentation with the student's signed consent authorizing such discussion.
  3. Select among equally effective and appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with students with disabilities.
  4. Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids if the documentation does not identify a specific disability, the documentation fails to verify the need for the requested services, or the documentation is not provided in a timely manner.
  5. Refuse to provide an accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aids that is inappropriate or including any that:
    Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others;
    Constitute a substantial change or alteration to an essential element of a course or program; or
    Pose undue financial or administrative burden and hardship on the college.

The Center for Students with Disabilities has the responsibility to:

  1. Maintain the college's academic standards.
  2. Assist students with disabilities who self-identify and meet college criteria for eligibility to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustment, and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Ensure that college courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities are offered in the most inclusive and accessible settings.
  4. Provide information regarding policies and procedures to students with disabilities and assure its availability in accessible formats upon request.
  5. Evaluate students on their abilities, not their disabilities.
  6. Provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities upon a timely request by a student.
  7. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with disabilities except where disclosure is required by law or authorized by the student. Assure confidentiality of all information pertaining to a student's disability.