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Rights and Responsibilities

Eastern is committed to ensure equal opportunity for students with disabilities to access the university’s programs and services. This is a collaborative process between the individual student with disabilities, the Office of AccessAbility (OAS), and the university. All three parties play a role in safeguarding equal access in a postsecondary institution. Understanding your rights and responsibilities are essential to ensuring equal access in a postsecondary institution.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

    • Have equal access to your educational experiences at Eastern and utilize accommodations to remove or reduce disability-related barriers.
    • Decide when to utilize accommodations each semester by requesting them. It is most effective to request an accommodation in advance.
    • Request adjustments to your accommodation at any time by following proper procedures and protocols through the OAS.
    • Have approved accommodations provided to you free of charge, as mandated in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Report a formal or informal complaint if you feel you are being discriminated against.
    • Self-disclosing and providing documentation of disability by a licensed provider that meets the guidelines for the different types of disabilities.
    • Making an appointment to register with the OAS to discuss the impact of your disability and the reasonable accommodations they require.
    • Submitting your semester request for your accommodation by semester.
    • Carrying out all essential elements to update and maintain the use of your accommodation for your course, program, or activity.
    • Engaging in proactive communication with instructors and discuss accommodations and determine how they will be applied in each class.
    • Disclosing issues to the OAS in a timely manner to resolve any hardships in real time. Accommodations are not retroactive.
    • Maintain the university’s academic rigor and essential elements of the course content.
    • Require students to demonstrate their knowledge of critical standards of course content.
    • Consult with the Office of AccessAbility regarding any accommodation that seem unclear or unfair.
    • Request an official Letter of Accommodation before providing a requested accommodation.
    • Request guidance from the OAS for clarity, counsel, or training for the implementation for an accommodation.
    • Incorporating best practices in teaching that support a diverse community of learners.
    • Including a statement in your syllabus that explains how students can access accommodations.
    • Meeting with a student after receiving a Letter of Accommodation from OAS to discuss parameters, logistics and expectations. This discussion should establish open communication and confidentiality.
    • Providing accommodations listed in the Letter of Accommodation.
    • Contacting the OAS if you have any questions or concerns. This may include referring students to the OAS if they have not registered and are requesting an accommodation.
    • Maintaining confidentiality of information regarding disability issues.