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Rights and Responsibilities

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Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

Rights and Responsibilities of Cornell University


Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

As a student with a disability at Cornell University you have the right to:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, and activities offered through the University.
  • Reasonable accommodations and adjustments which will be provided when needed to achieve equal access.
  • Determine who will receive student released disability-related materials and information within and outside the University.
  • All other rights and privileges available to other students at Cornell University.

As a student with a disability at Cornell University you have the responsibility to:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, and activities.
  • Self-identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrate and/or provide documentation (from an appropriate professional) on the manner in which the disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, and activities.
  • Follow university procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

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Rights and Responsibilities of Cornell University

Cornell University has the right to:

  • Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, requirements, and standards for courses, programs, services, and activities, and to evaluate students on this basis.
  • Request and receive, through SDS, current documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if you fail to provide appropriate documentation.
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Refuse an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid or service that imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the University.

Cornell University has the responsibility to:

  • Provide information to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request.
  • Ensure that courses, programs, services, and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are available in the most integrated and appropriate settings.
  • Evaluate students on their abilities and not their disabilities.
  • Provide or arrange for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, and activities.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where permitted or required by law or when the student requests that such information be shared.

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