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Rights and Responsibilities

Colorado College is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for students with disabilities, including their academic experiences. This process is a collaborative effort between Disability Services, students, and faculty. All three participants have a role to play in making education accessible. Understanding your rights and responsibilities are essential to the process of accommodation.

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  • equal access to programs, activities, and services at Colorado College.
  • information that is reasonably available in accessible formats.
  • reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services that are determined on an individual basis.
  • appropriate confidentiality of information relating to disability issues.
  • appeal decisions regarding the determination or provision of accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services. (See the Student Disability Appeal Policy and Procedure.)

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

  • self-identify to Disability Services when accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services are needed and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary. (For more information, visit our Registering for Services page.)
  • provide documentation that meets eligibility guidelines, if the student is requesting disability support services. (For more information, visit ourDocumentation Guidelines page.)
  • request necessary accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services in a timely manner.
  • follow guidelines established for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services. (For more information, visit ourAccommodations page.)
  • meet the College's academic and institutional standards.

Disability Services has the right to:

  • request documentation to verify the need for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • determine effective accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services in consultation with the student, with appropriate documentation of disability, and on a case-by-case basis.
  • refuse to provide an accommodation, auxiliary aid, and/or academic adjustment that is inappropriate or unreasonable in such a manner as to 1) pose a direct threat to the healthy and safety of others, 2) constitute an alteration to an essential element of a course or program, or 3) pose an undue financial or administrative burden on the College.
  • maintain the College's academic and institutional standards.

Disability Services has the responsibility to:

  • provide information regarding policies and procedures that is available in accessible formats.
  • determine reasonable and effective accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services in collaboration with the student.
  • provide or arrange for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services so the student has an equal opportunity to participate in courses, programs, activities, and services.
  • maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication regarding student disability issues.

Faculty members have the right to:

  • request in writing from Disability Services notification of a student's need for accommodation.
  • contact Disability Services to clarify student requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • decide if an accommodation request meets the academic requirements of the course.
  • maintain the College's academic and institutional standards.

Faculty members have the responsibility to:

  • provide reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services in a timely manner.
  • meet with students who have provided written notification of their disability via Disability Services and have made a direct request for accommodation to establish the means of providing accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • maintain the confidentiality of information regarding disability issues.
  • refer to Disability Services those students who request accommodations but have not registered with Disability Services.

Please contact Disability Services if you need additional information or assistance (Learning Commons at Tutt Library, Room 152; 719-227-8285).