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Rights and Responsibilities
Colleges and universities have an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide qualified students with access to programs and services. Institutions also have an obligation to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, under the law.
Each member of the faculty plays an important role in the implementation of accommodations to students with disabilities.
It is the responsibility of the faculty to:
- Establish curriculum requirements and uphold the academic standards of Missouri S&T
- Determine that the essential elements of these curricula, as well as those of an individual course, are being fulfilled
- Work with the Coordinator/Advisor to determine the provision of reasonable accommodations and related services for disabled students when requested by the Coordinator/Advisor and
- Follow applicable rules with respect to individual privacy and confidentiality.
If the faculty member concerned opposes the determination made by the Coordinator/Advisor, s/he should proceed as follows:
- She/he initiates a review of this determination with the Coordinator/Advisor.
- If after this review the faculty member or department administrator still does not agree with the Coordinator/Advisor's determination, s/he may have recourse to the procedures outlined by the SDS Policy.
All disabled students seeking reasonable accommodations and the provision of disability-related services must:
- Identify himself or herself to the designated staff of SDS as desiring accommodations
- Provide current and adequate documentation of his/her disability and appropriate accommodations to the designated staff of SDS
- Request needed classroom accommodations and related services of the designated staff of SDS.
All of the above requirements must be met by the student in a timely manner to ensure full resolution of accommodations and related services prior to the student's entrance into the program or course of study. The student should provide the necessary documentation at least six weeks prior to the first semester for which accommodations are being requested and should provide the Coordinator with a copy of his/her class schedule as soon as it is available for each semester during which s/he is seeking accommodations. Waiver of these deadlines may be made by the Coordinator on a case by case basis. Failure to meet the specified deadlines and requirements may result in a denial of accommodations.
Student Disability Services
Our primary responsibility is to facilitate accommodations for eligible students, but we are also a resource for you, and anyone else who teaches, supports or works with students with disabilities. Please do not hesitate to call on us for help in the implementation of accommodations, as well as in other aspects of disability.
SDS and Faculty
- The Coordinator/Advisor shall review the documentation provided by the student and discuss the accommodation and related services requested.
- The Coordinator/Advisor shall make an initial determination as to whether requested accommodations and related services are required.
- The Coordinator/Advisor shall provide the student with a letter describing recommended accommodations and related services.
- The faculty or staff member responsible for a specific class, program, or service shall then determine accommodations of the disability and provision of related services in consultation with the Coordinator/Advisor if necessary.
- Any disagreement relating to accommodations shall be described in writing and submitted to the Chancellor or his/her designee for resolution in a prompt manner. This appeal must specify why the accommodation request is considered unreasonable or unworkable.
In any disagreement related to the recommended accommodations, the Chancellor shall take into consideration all relevant factors including but not limited to:
- current documentation of the specific disability
- the need for the requested services or accommodations
- the essential elements of the academic program or course of study being pursued
- the fact that no applicable law requires Missouri S&T to substantially alter essential elements of its academic program or course of study or to otherwise compromise its academic standards.
The written judgment of the Chancellor or his/her designee shall be presented to the faculty member or department administrator within ten working days following receipt of the written notice of disagreement.