Rights and Responsibilities
- Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities
- Rights and Responsibilities of the Office of Disability Services
- Rights and Responsibilities of the faculty and Staff
- Summary of Institutional and Office of Disability Services Responsibilities
Students with disabilities have the right to:
- Access courses, programs, services, activities and facilities offered through Kenyon College.
- Work, learn, and receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Confidentiality of all information about their disability, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law.
- Appeal process to review decisions related to accommodations and access.
Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:
- Meet qualifications and maintain the essential College standard for courses, programs, services, and activities.
- Self-identify as an individual with a disability and seek information, counsel, and assistance when necessary.
- Document (from appropriate licensed professional) the current functional limitation of the disability.
- Follow college procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations.
- Request specific accommodations in a timely fashion and ensure that the professor is aware of needed accommodations prior to each instance (ie., each exam).
The Office of Disability Services has the right to:
- Identify and establish appropriate accommodations for course, programs, activities, and facilities.
- Request and receive current documentation that supports the need for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services if documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, if the request would alter the essential elements of the course/curriculum, or if the individual fails to provide the appropriate documentation.
The Office of Disability Services has the responsibility to:
- Provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students.
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except where permitted or required by law.
- Make referrals to the Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Career Center, and other departments or organizations.
The Faculty and Staff have the right to:
- Receive verification of a documented disability from the office of Disability Services in the form of an accommodation letter, which may or may not state the disability -- per student's request.
- Contact the Coordinator of Disability Services to discuss the appropriateness of the accommodations.
The Faculty and Staff have the responsibility to:
- Keep all disability-related information regarding a student confidential.
- Maintain the same standards for students with disabilities as are applied to all other students.
- Provide and arrange for reasonable classroom accommodations.
- Inform students of procedures for arranging accommodations at the beginning of each semester.
- To prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities.
- To reduce or eliminate physical, academic, and attitudinal barriers.
- To provide reasonable accommodations.
- To maintain the strictest of student confidentiality.
- To develop a shared responsibility and community for individuals with disabilities.
- To assist the student in self-advocacy.
- To assist the student in problem solving.
- To guide the student to possible resources that might assist him or her, whether it is on campus or networking in the community.
- To be sensitive to the individual personalities of students, whether it be in communicating their needs or an attempt to maintain dignity with a very difficult issue.
- To serve as a liaison with faculty when a medical emergency necessitates an extended absence.