University of Vermont (UVM) aspires to develop a campus environment that is genuinely accessible in all areas. We strive for all UVM students to be healthy, successful, and engaged; therefore, it is important to remove physical, academic, programming, and attitudinal barriers students with disabilities face.
Rights and Responsibilities
UVM 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 these bases;
- Request and receive 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 and the narrative demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if student fails 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 course, program, or activity of the University or imposes an undue hardship on the University.
UVM has the responsibility to
- Provide information and educational materials to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request;
- Ensure that courses, programs, services, and activities are available in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
- 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.
Students have the right to
- Equal access to courses, programs, facilities, and activities offered through the University;
- Reasonable accommodations and adjustments 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 UVM.
Students 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;
- Provide documentation and a narrative as needed to comply with guidelines at the SAS website: http://www.uvm.edu/access/
- Follow University procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
- Arrange and pay for personal use devices and aids if needed.
Faculty members have the right to
- Maintain academic standards for courses;
- Determine course content and technical and academic standards for successful completion of a course;
- Confirm a student’s request for accommodations and ask for clarification about a specific accommodation with Student Accessibility Services;
- Identify and determine the abilities, skills, and knowledge that are essential and fundamental to academic courses and programs;
- Expect the student with a disability to meet the same academic standards as peers in the course.
Faculty members have the responsibility to
- Understand the University guidelines regarding students with disabilities;
- Refer students to Student Accessibility Services when appropriate;
- Engage in the interactive process with a student, academic support personnel and others as needed to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations;
- Provide requested accommodations and academic adjustments to students who have documented disabilities in a timely manner;
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of information and records concerning students with disabilities except when disclosure is required by law or authorized by the student.
Role of Student Accessibility Services
- Establishing and disseminating criteria for disability services;
- Determining eligibility for disability services through review of documentation and assessment of individual student need;
- Facilitating academic and environmental accommodations and services through an interactive process with students, faculty, departments, agencies, and/or colleges, etc.